Well in that bit you just mentioned there, which you just said didn't matter. It's something people want, something that was implied in promotions and something that isn't happening. Maybe GCW could have been more accurate and said "emulating consoles that I and other 40+ year old guys grew up with".
Plus that KS was what, 2012/2013? I would say emulation to the level of PS1/N64 would be expected or at least for foundations to be in place (sending a unit to ZodTTD doesn't count), especially on something that costs so much. Older platforms like PSP, Pandora have been doing it for ages with just community support (and Sony's PS1 emulator for the PSP).
One thing is for sure though, saying nobody should want/expect more for their money and maintaining forum silence on possible PS1 etc. emulators benefits nobody, apart from one guy.