What if... What if this whole E3 thing is just a fake-out and the NX's gimmick is that it's strictly a Zelda playing machine? Like, Nintendo is bringing back the Game and Watch/Tiger model and every game will just be a handheld that plays that one game only? .... The NX is Zelda.
Yes it does. So did the PS3 last year, and the 360... And the PS2 in 2009, and the PS1 in 2002, etc., etc. Just because something continues to get software well after support for it has ended officially and its stock is merely being depleted doesn't mean it's "still alive." The 3DS is still alive, it's still getting software from Nintendo on the regular and despite its declining sales, it's still selling a decent quantity. The Vita is in no way a major platform for indies. It gets indie games, sure... But most of those indie games are ports of PC and PS4 releases. It's a "major platform" for Japanese releases, it is in no way a major platform for PC releases, it's a platform that indies can release on. Vita is dead. I say this as someone who loves the Vita's software library. It's as dead as the Wii U.
XBLA/Digital games will require a connection if you use them on an unregistered 360. Installed content/games will not. But swapping consoles won't outright reformat your drive like the PS3 and PS4 do thanks to their method of encrypting drives.
The only time I found the 3DS hardware to be absolute nonsense was after I bought my unit and Nintendo cut the price by $80. It was $250, the games looked TURR'BLE and there weren't that many of them. On top of that, its "selling point" was (and still is) crap. Overpriced, crap support, took a massive hit in price just 3 months after it came out AND the games looked like butt.
Nope. So long as your model number matched the hard drive, you could use it on any 360 without deleting the data. Granted, you couldn't just copy the contents of the drive onto any vanilla hard drive, it needs to be flashed and you need to have a transfer kit to connect it to the proprietary port on the OG drives, or in later models an external drive encrypted for the 360 specifically.
http://www.amazon.com/Resident-Evil-6-PlayStation-4/dp/B01CHU4IY4/ref=sr_1_1?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1462415619&sr=1-1&keywords=resident+evil+6 There was never an announcement of digital-only in the US. They'll all get physical releases.