No matter how its console business is doing, Nintendo has always been able to lean on healthy portable system sales to prop up its finances. With the Wii U continuing to severely underperform sales expectations, though, it looks like the Nintendo 3DS is failing to pick up the slack as its predecessors once did.
Nintendo’s going to need a better strategy. Maybe the past 15 years of rehashing the same Mario, Zelda, and Metroid games is finally catching up to them.
People don’t want specialized devices to carry around anymore. Why carry a 3DS when I already have my phablet on me? Sure, I can’t play Zelda or Mario on it, but I can play a ton of other games, as well as browse facebook and twitter. And, the phablet has a better screen to boot!