It's not that there are a 'few Japanese developers that are really trying and keeping it alive'. The system is very much alive in Japan. It's huge there. Didn't it recently beat out 3DS sales despite the fact that the 3DS has only been out for like a month? It's only in the west that it appears to be dying.
I kinda meant that. I doesn't really matter to me that it's booming in Japan when the issue with it lies here. :P