I'll add Tearaway and Puppeteer also to the list.
Originally Posted by DaBottom305
Never forget - "Nintendo has enough cash to lose $250 M a year till 2052 and not go broke"
That quote is from 2012. Things have changed since then.
March 31st, 2011:
Cash & Deposits - 812.870 billion JPY
Short-term investment securities - 358.206 billion JPY
Total: 1171.076 billion JPY ($11.527 billion)
March 31st, 2014:
Cash & Deposits - 474.297 billion JPY
Short-term investment securities - 320.918 billion JPY
Total : 795.215 billion JPY ($7.827 billion)
Almost 4 Billion gone out of the piggy bank in 3 years from losses, buying shares and of course R&D.
They can't go on losing money for decades because loses are not linear. They know they can't which is why they're looking for other profitable ventures, hence Qol. You need to spend money to make money and when you're on the back foot, you might have to spend more than usual.
This is not to say they are doomed, they aren't but they are not surviving till 2052 with hardware selling the way the Wii-U currently is.