Nintendo was the best family console back when I was a kid. That's why so many gamers now who are in their late 20's and early 30s have built this fanbase that Nintendo has been thriving on. My question is, does Nintendo still have this effect on children today? Will kids who own a Wii-U be hardcore Nintendo fans 10 years from now? My guess is no, and that leads me to believe that Nintendo's time as a hardware manufacturer is coming to a close. Their constant inability to keep up with the digital marketplace and online arena has already set them back to the point of no return. I believe Nintendo's future lies in the handheld market and their software IPs. The console market has a rocky future ahead with the looming demise of physical media, and the Wii U might just be a good exit point.