It is about more then graphics Tea. And as far as competing goes, that is fanboy stuff. Last generation all three platform/console manufacters were all trying to do the samething. Sell systems, games and make money. I think Nintendo did very well in that regaurd, despite the vile that many readers here have for them.
Infact they sold so well that they outsold Sony and MS. I think both Sony and MS will catch Wii system sales. Nintendo has moved on Tea. That is what the WiiU is. Nintendo stoped producing 1st party Wii games already. I know a lot of fans want to declare that their fav system "won" this or that title. But really there isn't any title to win. It is just biz.
So many people like to talk about generational cycles based on system power or tech specs. Let me turn it around for you. Let me know when the Consoles catch up to PC generational cycles. I am playing my PC games at 1080p+, silky smooth frame rates, and many of my games are maxed out graphicly. Even next gen Sony and MS games won't come close. But it isn't about tech.
Wii was Nintendos last gen system. XB360 was MSs. And PS3 was Sonys.
"Next" gen will include WiiU, Orbis, XBXNXT, or whatever their names turn out to officaly be. That is the way it is. Tech aside, it doesn't change the fact that WiiU is the new generational system by Nintendo. Wii was their last generational system.
As for the hardcore gamer labels, that is right up there with "Chicks love guys with Ninja Skills". Games are games. Period. The rest comes down to nerd rage. I mean is one gamer "cooler" because they play Uncharted or Tomb Raider? LBPK or Mario Kart? ElderScrolls or World of Warcraft? Just toys. Halo or Killzone? Civilization or StarCraft? All, still just digital toys. Forza or GT? CoD or BF? Viva Pinata or Funky Barn?
And the samething applies cross generes. Skyrim ok, but CoD is bad? Who is one person to say that a certian set of games are ok while others are sholveware and shit? If a 9 year old girl wants to play Barbie games...what is wrong with that? Shouldn't she be able to? What makes Angry Birds less important or less of a game then say Gears of War(cause I am pretty sure more people play AB then gears).
The people that set their self value and importance on what games they play(and worse what games they DON'T play), I feel sorry for those people. What a shallow husk. Sure you should play what you enjoy. But let others do the samething.
Heading to a website to be little a system or the people that use it is very shallow. There is no debate. No good side or bad side. It all comes down to what toys do you enjoy playing with?
I am a Hardcore Gamer!!! No, your a joke. A gamer...sure. More important or really any different at all then anyone else? Nope. Just another person playing video games.
That is the way I feel about and look at it. They are just games, they don't mean shit.