It's not even questionable that Nintendo has a fat wallet (as punctually I have evidence here: Nintendo has enough cash in the bank to run a deficit for 38 years | Wii U )
There is no way at least in our lifetime that Nintendo will go the way of the dodo, BUT what about consumer confidence (Specifically on consoles)?
After the Wii, many people were kind of upset at how crappy the games were graphically and Nintendo's questionable choice in power for the console, as it was no better than a Game Cube, and the look of the games reflect that. On an hdtv, almost all Wii games look like pure unadulterated crap except a few, and the games especially from 3rd parties reflected this pretty heavily in not only looking terrible, but playing terrible or missing many many features of the hd counterparts of that gen.
Wii U on the other hand is an HD system, has a fair online connectivity system, and has the umph behind it, but then there are not that many games obviously from 3rd parties coming or has been coming, and it's pretty much on track to be mostly a first or 2nd party only system with indie support for the rest of it's existence.
I think it's pretty obvious that consumer confidence in Nintendo's consoles are blown completely out of the fruit bowl. Even if you don't count the whole 3rd party support debacle, the Wii U isn't selling too hot, has not sold too well up to now, and unless Smash, Kart, and Zelda work some serious magic, it's not going to get really any better.
Nintendo is NOT losing money. We all know this. If you think they are, please tell me what you are smoking, because I need some to make me think my job pays well, and the issues with my house are not going to drive me into further debt...
But with this being said, even all of us who DID buy the console do not really have that much of a reason to keep confidence levels high in anything Nintendo does outside of the 3ds..
So here is the real question.
How many of you out there WHO PURCHASED THE WII U regardless if today or on launch day, feel confident enough that you know you would willingly buy the next Nintendo console?
I am not one of those people at this time. Does this mean I hate Nintendo? Nope. Not at all. I still love their games and unique experiences, and I may very well be interested in their next console, but I'll be damned if I slap down x amount of money on launch day again for a Ninty console, instead opting to wait at least two years to ensure I can get a good deal and verify that the price I pay for purchase is well spent with a good gaming ecosystem and proper support, even if JUST from Nintendo..
*Tried to do a poll but got errors*