Ben Kuchera, writing for Polygon:
Watch Dogs showed us the power of effectively launching a blockbuster to the widest possible audience, and Nintendo is struggling with having some of the best software in the business, only to have potential sales smothered by the dismal reach of the Wii U. As Nintendo's losses grow and begin to cut into the massive piles of cash the company has in reserve, expect them to be willing to try new things to begin making money, and making it quickly.
I agree with most of what he says in this piece. There's no denying that the Wii U has been a huge flop up until this point. To stay relevant, it's time for them to move into software and make their quality titles available to a wider audience. They're going to need to swallow some pride and stop trying to force giant touchscreen controllers upon us and just admit that the gimmicks aren't enough anymore. Stay in handhelds for now if need be, but something tells me we'll see declines in those, too, as phones and tablets continue to get better and better (though there still is that nagging issue of touchscreen buttons, which are literally Satan).
However, one thing Ben brings up in his piece gives me pause:
My dream for Nintendo, and one that's unlikely to happen in the near future, involves the company simply collecting all of its best Mario games, adding high-resolution textures, and releasing them on every damned platform there is.
No. No, no, no, no, no. Stop. No. Absolutely not. This is one of the things that has put me off of Nintendo for awhile now. They bank so much on nostalgia, knowing that people will buy these titles over and over again, and it's such a shittily lazy business model to release and re-release the same game with each new generation of hardware. They have the talent to release great new titles that are fun, that push the limits of the hardware, and feel fresh and new. Slapping "HD" at the end of a "classic" title, though, just sullies the brand more than it helps. Sure, they make a ton of money off of it, but they don't actually add any value to the Nintendo name. It comes off as greedy, and you can only pull the same shit for so long before people start to catch wise and ditch you.
Honestly, the only reason people have put up with this for so long already is because of the ephemeral childhood ties to the Nintendo brand. We're just now seeing how thinly-stretched that brand loyalty is with the Wii U. Nintendo needs to pivot and focus on new titles for a wider audience if they're going to stay relevant.