> GBA and DS were that easy (why do you think everyone stopped making
> non-kiddie games for them?). Wii's that easy. As a result, third-party triple-A
> software dried up pretty quickly on all of those systems. The really good GBA and DS
> games were all within the first 18 months of the system, after which it was all "Dora
> the Explorer Lezzes Out With Bratz".
While I'm not going to say piracy had no effect on the GBA and DS, your description is nothing like the way I've interpreted the life cycle of these systems. Both had a steady stream of titles of interest to me throughout their life cycles (which I obtained legally). Here are some third party titles released more than 18 months after the system came out which are currently sitting on my shelf: Castlevania Portrait Of Ruin, N+, The World Ends With You, Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure, Scribblenauts, and Retro Game Challenge. Of course, it's nothing new that Nintendo systems have a relative lack of mature titles, and that a lot of the best titles are from Nintendo themselves. But I've made it this far being relatively pleased with the software available, and the 3DS is almost here.