I have been a lifetime fan of Nintendo. They have always been synonymous with fun to me. They have never strayed from that concept and I love 'em for it. Nintendo has also always had the cahonies to push the barrier and experiment with new and fresh ideas and concepts and I love 'em for it. I think that each system that they've put out broke new ground. The NES revolutionized the industry and brought home consoles back from near death. The Super Nintendo brought a new level of graphics and speed. The 64 was effectively a little supercomputer for it's time. The Cube was and is the single strongest disc based system. The little bugger's built so well that it can withstand 10 foot drops onto hard floors. Furthermore, I personally feel that the Cube's controller is the single greatest controller ever designed. The Wii went out on a limb and reminded us that fun is important to gaming in addition to graphical and processor power. The Wii Remote will always stand testament to their ideology and bravery. To this day I can't play an FPS on anything else, not to mention nothin's more fun than actually swinging a sword. The Gameboy invented handlhelds. The GB Color added color without destroying battery life. The Advance, well the Advance still holds a special place in my heart. I love you Advance. The DS holds the very same spirit of revolution and bravery that the Wii represents, not to mention the second screen is perfect for maps, backpacks, menus, etc... The DSi brought the DS into the Cell Phone generation.
That being said, I feel that Nintendo's latest installments, the 3DS and Wii U are simply trying to keep up with the Jones's. The 3DS has already become synonymous with bogging down when the 3D is on all the way. So what's the point then? The Wii U now has nearly the graphical capability of it's competitors Sony and Microsoft, not to mention it's newly found repertoir of more adult oriented titles that were so popular on it's competitors' systems. Once again, keeping up with the Jones's. Apparently Wii U is also moving away from the Wii Remote. What's up with that? Now that they've got it it nailed with the Wii Remote Plus, they're gonna ditch it?
Whether or not Nintendo is digging it's own grave I do not know. I certainly hope not. I love Nintendo. I however am not joining the current generation. I simply don't have the funds to buy into an era which I'm not totally excited by. For the time being I'm buying glorious titles for the current and older Nintendo systems. Between that and going retro with the handhelds too, I should be occupied until the next generation; and I'll see how I feel about things then. Maybe I'll have saved up a wee bit o' filthy lucre by then; although probably not, considering my anime habit.
No matter where you go, there you are.