Generally Nintendo consoles have been looked at as the technologically inferior console.
N64 vs PS
PS2 - winner
Playstation was clearly the teachnologically superior console with better graphics, and superior game media. PLaystation had better sales as well. Die hard gamers switched over to the PS as it had games with better graphics while Nintendo game out with more cartoony graphic games such as the Mario series. The only thing that saved Nintendo in this era was the strength of their 1st party games
GC vs PS2 vs Xbox
Winner - PS2 (sales)
THe PS2 had a great combination of Graphics, gameplay, functionality, titles and peripherals. It topped out with the most sales and even when the next gen consoles came out titles for the PS2 were still being made. The Xbox didnt win the wars but it showed superior graphics and set itself up to be the console for die hard gamers. The loser of the pack was the Gamecube and Nintendo went downhill at this point, mainly holding on to some of their fanboys with a few 1st gen titles. At this point Nintendo consoles became the joke of the community
Wii vs PS3 vs Xbox360
Winner - they were all winners in some way?
Really all of these consoles won in some way, the 360 and PS3 were both very functional and had great sales and great titles. the Wii had the greatest sales but mostly to a non-gamer audience.
Slowly the trend is that Nintendo has been attracting less and less true games and more of the causal audience. I would say they hit rock bottom with the Wii. They had very few good 1st party titles. There have been less and less T and M games on Nintendo consoles every generation
My question is: Will the Wii U bring back the hard core gamers? the trend is just the opposite, what do you guys think?