Gamnesia: "While the Nintendo CEO has been clear to state the days of standalone video game consoles aren’t going anywhere, we’re about to experience a Nintendo reaching far beyond those limitations. But where are they reaching? Are they expanding into the toy industry? Further into consumer electronics? What the hell does “Quality of Life” even mean? We have absolutely no idea, don’t let anybody tell you different. Access to the video game industry or otherwise, the only thing anybody outside Nintendo knows about their scarily vague new business ventures are a series of buzzwords, a troubled executive that a community of naysayers wishes to see booted out of his position while he tries his best to steer the ship back on course, and a rabid internet fanbase left to their wild assumptions.
We have a sparse collection of clues. We have a raw image of a Mario figurine that’s going to communicate with our Wii U GamePad and some extended Skylanders-esque peripheral for our 3DS with a simple touch. We have Satoru Iwata vaguely laying out plans for an expanded business model, the likes of which the modern Nintendo enthusiast has never seen, nor understands. Hell, for all we know, Nintendo’s set to unveil a smart TV with an included controller and built in hardware. The point—and Nintendo's well known legacy—is that we don't know. We won't know anything concrete until the precise moment the executives at the legendary company want us to. But in light of the company's recent struggles, whenever they decide to let us into their circle of secrets, it's going to be big, Earth-shattering, even. Forget the Wii, this is going to be the real Nintendo revolution.
Nintendo is a company of clandestine practice, now forced—in the wake of losing almost a billion dollars over the course of three years—to be more open and exposed than they’ve ever been. It’s an identity they don’t exactly wear well, but something their extended history suggests they'll acclimate to. What we do know is that Nintendo is changing, probably forever. For better or worse, they need to make money again. Nintendo is no longer just a video game company. Nintendo is now an entertainment company, and whatever that actually means, Nintendo will never be the same again. Please understand."