It's quite sad actually that Nintendo couldn't give a toss anymore about building decent hardware specs. It's all about duct tape now. You just wait till Nintendo acquire 3M.
Most of their own games survive on gameplay not graphics. Why do PC gamers never complain about ugly WoW graphics? Or bethesda fans complain that Elder scrolls games look like crap (need fixing by mods) or have floaty physics?
Same deal with nintendo hardware. They will never make the most out of it.
I was playing animal crossing the other day on wii and it as if nothing was changed. But the next one will probably sell like crazy as do pokemo or mario games.
Hate them all you wish but if you already own two other expensive consoles why should nintendo compete with them? So you can play a multiplatform third party title which appears on pc MS and Sony simultaneously and looks almost identical to each other?
I would rather nintendo go the cheap route and survive (profit) on sales of software than impress me with realism in visuals. If you already own pc why the fuck would you care about a 3rd console that gives you a pc experience but with the nintendo label on it? Nintendo should focus on gaming you can play with the family and deep play mechaics. Not graphics.
If nintendo do what sony or MS do I don't think that means the games nintendo release will change much since they don't do violent realistic games. It's mostly pc gamers who want this because they are into mature themes in games. Compare the library of nintendo games to that of the others. Almost every single game on the other systems is a shooter or mature themed game. (as opposed to aimed at general audience)
As for online gaming nintendo are aware of this long ago (they are not "behind" anyone) but seem reluctant to care about it. interesting eurogamer article here on this
Regarding the Wii U's disappointing sales, Miyamoto isn't sweating yet. "I think that the Wii U still has a long future," he said. "We really view it as being the ideal device that families are going to want to have connected to that screen in the living room that everyone is going to gather around and watch. Certainly in the short term I would want to see it performing with probably a little more momentum. I think in the long term I'm not at a point where I'm concerned yet."
^the family doesn't go for adult only style games. Families can play couch multi still which was why the 4 controller ports of the older consoles (n64) was a big deal at the time. Ad notice "friend codes". Obviosly they don't want old men and strangers swearing at kids (and finding their addresses) but built in things to keep it family friendly. They know you exist just that they leave the adult/mature content to others. That doesn't mean adults can't enjoy it, but you are not their target. You were a kid once that liked fantasy and comic books, now you want "films". (but it costs you as these become less like true games and more like stories in interactive form with shallow game mechaics)
Apart from certain key titles like mario kart and smash bros online gaming is not a big deal. I was happy that titles like dragon's dogma or dark souls are still mostly single player experiences. It is not new to consoles. Some people actually prefer doing tasks themselves and are not social gamers or they don't want to deal with the issues like lag or swearing kids and annoying people wrecking the fun. Notice how in games like monster hunter you can't even trade rare items? This is because some people prefer playing the game using thier own skill, not buying it for real money like what you see today in many online games to encourage laziness. (this ruins the balance of games - rich guys can buy everything, poor guys with skill must earn their way)