So around the place I saw various sentiments along the lines of it would be tragic for Nintendo to stop making consoles, and it would be awful if they went whole hog into mobile games. Other than "I don't like change" I am not seeing the tragedy others seem to fear. They don't seem to make hardware in terms of processing power/capability that does anything others do not have, and most of the time it has been worse than other things. Them going to a more software focused role would hardly stop them from doing certain things -- they hardly make far out decisions in terms of content that the likes of Sony or MS would turn their noses up at. On mobile then what says they would have to do microtransactional pay to win nonsense? Also it is hardly absent on the 3ds. Their abilities to make and maintain network play and online infrastructure are woeful. I guess it is free but that can hardly be a massive draw. By similar token they hardly seem to be doing much in the way of middleware and software development (not like Nintendo engine is uttered in the same breath as unreal engine or something). Going further they do not seem to be a massive in for anybody breaking into games, and others are providing significant avenues. Some might say controllers but other than popularising the notion of an analogue stick, which everybody else picked up a somewhat different design for and stuck with ever since, they have not done a lot that I can see. Even if you did think it a strength of theirs then any number of devs make controllers for far less popular games. There might even be a few upsides somewhere in it all (something about a larger potential audience -- everybody buys games, fewer people buy console + games). I am really quite baffled at this one.