I came across this article.
Yep, turns out Nintendo isn’t affected by “fan petitions.” I’m sure hardcore gamers are enraged by that. As of lately a lot of gamers want Nintendo to make a remake of Majora’s Mask for the 3DS and even went so far as to get a Kickstarter Campaign for it. The same hardcore gamers have been begging Square Enix for an HD FFVII sequel for years. My favorite comment is “100,000 signatures doesn’t mean 100,000 sales.” I’ve seen so many companies blow money on stuff simply because “fans wanted it.” Sega wasted development dollars on sequels to games that weren’t big sellers in the first place like Nights then acted surprised when it wasn’t a big seller. Nintendo though is bad about caving to fan pressure. I mean the same fans who petitioned for a Majora’s Mask remake, begged for Pikmin 3 for years and when they got it, they turned around and said “fine but now we want Starfox and Fzero!!”
The Wii didn’t come about because of a fan petition. If Nintendo had made a console for “fans” it would’ve been another Dreamcast. Nintendo fans despised the Wii especially as time went on. Nintendo “abandoned them” for those “awful casuals!” Then of course Nintendo made the WiiU for them and now they despise it despite it having 3D Mario, Pikmin 3, and their “hardcore” games.
I think there was a Zero Punctuation quote: “why would anyone do anything to please fans? Fans are clingy, complaining dipshits who are never, ever satisfied no matter how many concessions you make and the moment you shut out their shrill, tremulous cries, the better off you are.”
Nintendo may not be affected by fans, but they are affected by SALES. This is why I always look at SALES and not what hardcore gamers spew on gaming message forums.