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Fusing Kinstones: Nin-the-end-o?

Fusing Kinstones is a series examining both sides of divisive issues in the world of gaming, both current and recurring, in the hopes of finding some common ground both sides can agree upon. Or, failing that, I'm just going to make fun of both sides' weaker arguments, so if you must fight about things, you'll at least consider bringing better arms with you.

For the inaugural installment of Fusing Kinstones, I'd like to address the debate raging currently about whether the 3DS's floundering is sounding a death knell for Nintendo as a hardware producer. Decriers of the 3DS, typically Wii U skeptics as well, seem to widely be of the opinion that Nintendo should (or will be forced to) follow the path of Sega and become a software producer, thus opening their classic franchises up to Sony and/or Microsoft, and abandon console and handheld production altogether. On the other side, we have those claiming the 3DS is not the failure their opponents make it out to be, and that the system, and the company behind it, still need and have the time to make it something great.

Let's begin with a look at the former camp, shall we?

Nintendo Is Dead

The other key factor in Nintendo's survival in the hardware jungle is the success of the Wii U. Both the N64 and Gamecube, while having some great games between the two of them, didn't do particularly well compared to their competitors, and unless Nintendo is able to convince Wii adopters to step up to playing their games in HD, and/or make the tablet controller the next big thing (rather than round two of the short-lived, underutilized Game Boy Advance/GameCube connectivity experiment), they may indeed be toast.

The earliest anyone's going to be know anything for sure is somewhere between December 26th and 31st, most likely, so it'd be nice if most of you doomsayers and you evangelists could shut the hell up until then.

Or, at the very least, stop crying about the nub. It's not like you all went apeshit over WiiMotion Plus, or the GameCube microphone, or the Game Boy transfer pack for the N64.
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About nekobunone of us since 5:17 PM on 06.29.2007

Hi, I'm Chris, though I've been going by nekobun and variants thereof for so long, I kind of answer to both anymore.

While I've kind of got my own thing going in the realm of indie coverage, at least in the form of playing through (and streaming) (and writing about) the huge backlog I'm developing of games gleaned from various indie bundles, I try to keep my more mainstream, game-related features here, as well as opinion pieces on the industry at large, out of mad love for the 'toid. When I'm not rambling here or trying to be clever in comments threads, you can catch me rambling on Facebook and my Twitter, and trying to be clever in the Dtoid.tv chat.

Now Playing:
360: Halo 4
PC: F.E.A.R.
SNES: Secret Of Mana

I suck at games: PEW PEW LASERS
Improving game communities: Collective consciousness
Nothing is sacred: These walls have torn my world apart
The wrong thing: Only cream and bastards catch them all.
Love/Hate: I love to hate -you-
Love/Hate: B(u)y the book
The Future: Is still what it used to be
My Expertise: Playing the race kart
Something about sex: Sex sells, but who's buying?
E3 Approaches: It's oh so quiet
Freedom: Together, we'll break the chains of HUDs
East vs West: We've got the empire
Handhelds: Graduating as 2000's Catchemaledictorian
Relaxation: Cheesy double Chief burrito
Online Passes: A spoonful of sugar
Peripherals: Many tentacles pimpin' on the keys
This is what MAGfest is all about
Beginnings: Put it on the pizza
Disappointment: Bad(vent) timing

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It's Thinking: Could you quit playing with that radio, love?
Do the wrong thing: And do it right, for once.
Afraid to shoot strangers.
Not if you were the last junkie on Pandora
Is Jim Sterling servicing the video games industry?
Something About Sex: Unsafe at any speed.
Doing DLC right
Congress passes sweeping Elfcare reform bill
Bottom five healthcare systems in videogames.
Pushing my love over the quarter line.
When my life would depend on an eight point none.
Remember the heroes.
Every Journey begins with a single step.
It's all over now, bomber blue.
Being Social: We'll always have Rainbow Road
Labor Day: Of course you realize, this means wark.
Please, aim it higher.
There Would've Been Brawl: Show me 'round your eggplantcage.
Integration: A place for everything
Zelda Week: I guess this is growing up.
MAGfest: the (don't be an) idiot's guide
Promotions: The bees are alright
Now is the winter of on-disc content
This was supposed to be a dozen items about nekobun.
Without Slenderness, there's something missing.
Cheap tricks (and treats) don't come cheaper than free.
The legacy of the (unlikely) wizard.
Cheap Tricks II: Sugar rush boogaloo
Thank you, for bringing me here, for showing me Home.
Burnt flowers fallen: the tragic bitchotry of Lilly Caul
Red and blue, resolving into purple.
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