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Nintendo built a legacy in the 80s and 90s, and has spent the rest of its history closely guarding that legacy. Succinctly, the thing that buoys the gaming giant through its various hardware flops isn't the value of its intellectual property (which is vast) -- it's nostalgia.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

Nintendo built a legacy in the 80s and 90s, and has spent the rest of its history closely guarding that legacy. Succinctly, the thing that buoys the gaming giant through its various hardware flops isn't the value of its intellectual property (which is vast) -- it's nostalgia.