Well first off we don't know if the next console will be backwards compatible yet, but the thing about the N64 and Cube was that the N64 was cart-based, so adding an extra cart slot woulda costed a hella lotta money. With the next console, chances are it's going to be run off of DVDs just like its older brother, so I doubt they'd have complications with backwards compatibility, unless I just didn't read that article and it stated OFFICIALLY that the next console will have no backwards compatibility. Second, the new president of Nintendo, Iwata, so far has proven to be far more aggressive. He's already planning on getting up the Nintendo variants of the Greatest Hits titles, and he's getting pretty damned competitive. I'm thinking that if he continues down the path he's taken, we're gonna see a different Nintendostarting this year. And third, if you're not getting the next Nintendo console, then for God's sake, don't get an X-Box. They're doing the exact damn same thing, only with shittier titles.