I think it's gonna have a lot of great games that really need to be on carts to seem like they're in the right place. Assaulter, for instance. It looks like a Neo Geo or suped-up SNES game but plays on Androids and other systems. Shovel Knight comes to mind.
Why would any indie developer bother with the additional cost? What sort of audience would they gain that they wouldn't already have from PC or console? I highly doubt we'll see indie games ported to the system (aside from maybe a handful).
It reminds me how much of a waste of resources it truly is to play a NES or Sega Master System game on a $700 game system at hundreds of watts. I don't think it's wrong to get all of your favorite systems emulated on the console you just bought. Especially if you replace the last one you bought with whatever just came out. It can seem wasteful to get one of those new machines IF you only plan to download retro.
That's why devices such as Android phones and GCW-Zero exist. I mean even my smartphone from 2010 can emulate Genesis and SNES games. Most people probably don't want to spend another $150-$200 on a machine just to play classic games when they already have a PC or phone that is capable of doing so already.
I'm going for it when it comes out regardless and would like to see some old company names from back in the day. Maybe Konami or Capcom, or even Sega could pop out some programs for it!
Never going to happen. Why should they waste their time on this machine that'll inevitably have a small fanbase. The opportunity cost of developing for the system is far too great to be an option. It's far more likely homebrew enthusiasts will flock to the system more than anything.
Just look at the Ouya!
The Ouya is considered to be a massive failure and horrible disappointment and is used consistently on why Kickstarter isn't a perfect platform. It massively under performed in every area and they've already discontinued the product after only a year after release.
Overall, the more and more I read about this new console, the less intrigued I am and the more worried I feel this will end up becoming just like the Ouya.