Nintendo needs saving? Are we just going to completely ignore DS and Wii sales? How about the fact that Nintendo is the second richest company in Japan? Stupid article.
Comparisons to the Dreamcast are oblivious to Sega's console history sales. Got news for everyone here -- even on their worst selling console, Gamecube, Nintendo made a healthy profit off it. Whoever wrote that article should find a train to run over their fingers.
Apparently, their shareholders ARE ignoring DS and Wii sales and are thoroughly unimpressed by 3DS so far (see: their panicky pricedrop). Investors tend to live in the now, unfortunately. And it's pretty well known that Nintendo usually turns a profit on hardware, which is one of the benefits of stripping down features (GC) and offering less power than their competitors (Wii). I'm not sure if that is the case with Wii U. Considering the price of tablets, I wager they are losing some money when you combine both the console and the tablet controller.
Their situation may not be as dire as Dreamcast's (Dreamcast was a failure in Japan from the get-go and Sega was practically out of money when they launched it anyway), but if Wii U turns out to be a significant drain on their resources and investor confidence without producing monster sales, Nintendo could be in for a hurting.
It must also be said that Sony is not doing particularly well, from a financial standpoint these days. Probably worse off than Nintendo at the moment. I'm not sure how they are going to support an already-dying Playstation Vita and a next generation console.