What the hell, I might as well chime in here..
zmeston, sorry, but if you cry "FANBOY" one more time as a reason to put down those who support X company then I'm either going to die laughing at the irony or explode because of the hypocrisy. No offence, but you're every bit as much a Sony fanboy as anyone else could possibly be/is a fanboy of any other system or company. You constantly enter into topics in which another sys/company/product is gaining or may recieve praise and use it as a springboard to lauch into an array of nit-picking/critisism of said company while pimping Sony's.. anything.
Damn, I don't have a problem with you being wrapped up in Sony and their products and it's even nice that you're so excited about their portable proposals but quit the damn zealous fanboy routine. Sorry, I don't mean to be harsh or rude but so far everytime I read one of your posts on the subject of X company in respect to Sony, and their implied proverbial throne complete with fanboy lip to arse cusioning technology, the only thing I see missing is the inevitable "50ny r0xx0rz N iz 2 pHa7 4 j00 fanb0yz".
With regard to current spate of N bashing though... 800,000, granted it's not great but lets no go dropping 0's for the sake of making something sound better (or worse depending on the angle it's taken from).
Nintendo stopped production.. yup, it's generally a good idea to do so when you have enough stock to cover your expected demand... *waits for N bashers to jump at this point*... *ding* so bearing in mind that nobody knows how hot the production had been running simply stands as a point that the company made a basic and, dare I say, smart business move in decreasing expenditure which wasn't neccessary given they felt they had enough stock to cover forseeable demand which could mean they had either 10 units spare or 100,000,000, in either case short of having a condemning inventory listing it's a groundless point to attack as chances are any N bashers would be eagerly jumping on N for the exact opposite reasons (as they were doing) were N still producing with existing stock.
Third-party publishers dropping out.. yup its not a great thing but if we take a look at prominent example A: Acclaim, then we see a company looking for a scapegoat for their sharehlders given their iminent implosion and what better scapegoat then the sys on which their titles have sold the least copies, all the while hiding the fact that their titles didn't sell well because they were complete and utter goat SHITE, the soft greeny-yellow stinky kind which is indicative of the rotting internals of that which produced it.. I know, I played them, I owned some of them and I gave them away.. and I'm a damn collector I don't give games away, I kept home alone for the SNES for fucks sake.
Eidos.. it's a shame, they were ok, I kind of liked them, but then again I didn't make a big deal because publishers jump ship on systems all the time, they always have, it's a part of the business it's just that certain people use such events as an excuse to get pissy about a sys as though it was an earth shatteringly, butt clenchingly, first time EVAR occurrence.
As for bastardizing classic characters and thus alienating the "hardcore" gamers.. rriiiigggghhhht (sorry, I know that sounded pissy but the point's it's addressing just so.. damn.. dumb). Strange, I think I may be, possibly, perhaps deemable as a "hardcore" gamer (although I don't have my membership card or pen yet) yet I was really quite pleased with N's character transitions thus far, even so much as impressed. And I can say I know a respectable number of said proverbial hardcore gamers and N fans who were equally pleased, even the old bastards who play all the way back to their game and watch sets. In short, general consensus was "mmmm wow! goodness".. but of course my and their certificates of "hardcore-ness" haven't made it through in the mail yet.
Can't knock Nintendo for not providing entertainment, for the gamers there's gaming goodness and for the bashers and bitchers there's anything good or bad.. for fucks sake they even complain when they get given good stuff for free.
On topic though.. new Zelda disk, sweet, I've enjoyed the free OoT/MQ disk and I will have the new one too. It's a great idea and as a fan of the series all I can say as far as freebies go they know what I want and go that little bit further. Spot on.