Sometimes it's hard being a Nintendo fan. We put all our faith in a company that, ultimately, doesn't exist to please us but instead needs to please its shareholders. But Nintendo is different isn't it? It IS there for us. It ISN'T just a business. And that's the biggest difference between the hardware manufacturers for me.
What other company would brush off end-of-year targets in favour of making a game the best it could be? What company in its right mind would push back Luigi's Mansion 2 so far that the majority of people forget when it was even announced... all in the name of making the perfect game?
The games nearly always deliver and that's why we stick by them. Even their worst is better than many developers' best. But by God do they make us suffer for it. The years of anguish waiting for that glimmer of a hope of a sequel to our favourite franchise... because one day, probably, it'll arrive and it'll feel like a personal love letter from God.
And then there's the competition. When was the last time a Nintendo console enjoyed technical parity with its main competitors? It was a long time ago. For a few brief months the Wii U has enjoyed the moniker of being the most powerful home console on the market but only one game, Need For Speed: Most Wanted, utilises that power and proves the Wii U's superiority before the next set of consoles showed off their wares and dragged the goal posts further down the field.
There's a point to my rambling of course. Some things will never change. Some hardware manufacturers will keep striving to stretch the envelope of what is graphically possible. Others will always strive to expand the user experience and create something new and exciting.
It doesn't matter that the PS4 has been announced. It doesn't matter that it can output graphics superior to what we can expect on Wii U. You may buy a PS4. You may not. One thing's for sure though; you won't ever get Nintendo games on another console.
You'll never experience the sublime joys of Pikmin 3. You'll never grin from ear-to-ear at the multiplayer perfection of Mario Kart. You'll never feel the unadulterated joy of exploration of a true 3D Mario game. For these gems you will always need a Nintendo console.