Seems to be a lot of criticism of Nintendo about - as far as I'm concerned it's just knee-jerk herd mentality.
But what has actually changed about Nintendo - when exactly were they 'hardcore' (whatever that means)? When I think of Nintendo I think of Donkey Kong and Mario, those colourful Zelda and Pokemon games etc. Was Metroid really for hardcore gamers? Seemed just like a fun platform game to me. People seem to be complaining that they are making an Animal Crossing - isn't that the sort of game they've always made? Wii Sports is part of a long Nintendo legacy of light-hearted sports games - Mario Tennis, Mario Golf, Excitebike etc.
How have Nintendo changed? Aren't they the same as they always were?