For a debut article, I have to say it's a poor piece of journalism. I'm having a hard time telling if it's objective or not, as there's some gross oversimplification and one might even say glorification. I sencerely hope Game People tone down the colouring and get some facts instead. While saying one thing is all well and good, you need to check your facts.
To come with some constructive examples:
The opener: 'I'm a greedy gamer. I love to chase the next audiovisual high or high-impact feast, but as I hurtle towards the next generation of consoles I wonder if I have too much of a good thing.'
Again, being a debut article, we do not know you. From what it appears, you are more than one person, a whole community infact. As seen by the various comments already posted, claiming to be a gamer holds no merit, as everyone has a different opinion about what a gamer is. Gamer, being the buzzword that it is, does not validate or grant authority.
Which in itself is one of my main griefs with this article. You see, I am a Gamer, and have worked with games for a living inside the industry, not as a journalist. Does this grant me any authority? it shouldn't. You see, I very much disagree with the entire article, and I certainly do not think of Nintendo.
'But then, while Sony and Microsoft were releasing hi-spec machines, Nintendo came to market with the DS and Wii - hardware that lagged behind a generation.'
The Nintendo DS had it's launch in 2004, two years prior to the Wii. At it's time, the Nintendo DS was infact the leading handheld console after the failure of the N-Gage. The DS did not lag behind a generation, it was the generation. The Playstation portable, to which i'll go ahead and assume that you're comparing it to, due to the making of the article, was released half a year later in the US, and 10 months later in Europa.
Addendum: To that sentence, I suggest you look up the technical differences between a PS2, Gamecube & Xbox. Once done, look at the release dates.
'...this was a revolutionary approach that would deeply affect the games I held dear.'
This needs clarification and examples. Aside from a new Metroid, I cannot recall a Nintendo-stable game that was completely rebuilt from the scratch up to fit the Wii, though this might be my own lack of oversight.
'Nintendo understood this. Wii Sports was a system seller because it proved the Wii could deliver simple, accessible gameplay.'
This. What were you thinking. So Pure/Lego: Batman are system sellers as well? Since you can get them with every new 360, for free.
'Grand Slam Tennis, Tiger Woods Golf and Boom Blox are all games that offer control schemes that simply aren't possible on other systems.'
I have to nitpick on this as well. While I've heard favorable things about Tiger Woods Golf with the new Wii-motion sensor plus, the series' has been around for a decade. It didn't need a different control scheme. That and Boom Blox would be no different if played with a mouse - none.
I'll stop here, since I feel that the point has been made. I'm not really sure what your aim was with this article - If for provocations sake, then I'm sure you've succeeded, but as far as journalism goes, this by all standards is blog material. A very secluded blog.
~ A fellow gamer.