The last console of their's I purchased was the N64. It wasn't the SNES, but it was still okay. Gamecube couldn't compete with the other consoles on the market. I'm not buying a console just for Mario and Zelda. The Wii completely disenfranchised me as a Nintendo fan. Now they've put out a game that I might actually want to play and huzzah, it's not coming out in my region. :/ What happened?
Nothing really, the GC and Xbox was on par but PS 2 dominated that gen
The WII was a smart move to reach out to the much needed casuals ( either them or BS DLC prices and in-game ads) But it was lacking thanks to difficult controls.
And now the Wii-U, if Iwata is to be believed, Nintendo has listened to what fans lacked with the WII and is trying to bring that to WII U, as far the in-house games go they're as good as ever.
On topic though; It really sucks, but business often do, this is nothing new. Besides there is still hope.