Originally posted by MVS
Just want to point out quickly that Nintendo have banked enough to be able to run a $250 million deficit every year and still stay afloat till 2052. The company is by no means decaying.
Also just because you're not within their primary market spectrum anymore, this does not mean they aren't shifting enough units to make a profit.
First, I meant decay as in quality-wise. I don't think Nintendo's going anywhere. Their previous successes have definitely given them enough cash to continue on for decades, and their in-house games far outclass the other console makers.
However, the Wii wasn't all sunshine and sparkles. Global sales dropped from 17 million to 5 million per year post-2010 (though it still outsold the U for a while). That said, both the DS and the 3DS have done very well.
Ultimately though, I'd guess the reason Nintendo is shutting down servers has nothing to do with cash and a lot to do with overall crappy online. I still have not met anyone who used online on a regular basis.