In The Console Wars, The Underdog (Almost) Always Wins

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A look at the history of the console wars, and what obstacles the underdog had to overcome to eventually come out on top despite all odds against them."

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dbjj120881796d ago

SEGATA SANSHIRO!!!! (embedded video isn't working.)

hiphopisdead1796d ago (Edited 1796d ago )

IMO, dumb article. Trying to generalize this market with determining "who's the underdog".

Whoever doesn't have the most sales in the US is an underdog?

Is this article really trying to say instead that the same manufacturer almost never wins twice in a row? but...

Nintendo -> Super Nintendo
PS1 -> PS2

Sorry for the hate, just tired of articles that go nowhere.

According to this article, anything could happen. Which is the most un-thoughtful and un-intelligent analysis.

There is a reason why a console is successful. There is a reason why WiiU is doing bad, PS4 is looking promising and X1 is looking ok. I could discuss these reasons, but I guess we can all dummy ourselves down and simply say:

"who knows. anything can happen"

cyguration1796d ago


XB1 is not looking okay at all. Wii U is doing okay, X1 is looking bad.

Wii U already has 3 million SKUs as their install base and they'll probably be at 4 million by the time the XB1 and PS4 launch. The underdog in this case is Microsoft since the core community really does hate their box.

mikeslemonade1796d ago

Well to the general public the casual gamer still thinks Xbox 360 is the winner of this generation even though it's 3rd in sales. So Microsoft is still the favorite in America to the general public. The Xbox brand still goes "hand in hand" with the COD and Madden. But as you and I know, the hardcore gamer knows that trend will end really fast from now.

JonnyBigBoss1796d ago

Dreamcast... you died so young.

ABizzel11796d ago

Sega Genesis
Sega Saturn
Sega Dreamcast & Original Xbox


NES (really no competition)

3 v 3
4 v 3 if you want to get technical. How is that almost? And never before has the hype for console been so one sided. But let's let it play out. I doubt anyone will be surprised with the results when it's all said and done.

Sev1796d ago

Nah, if you read through all of the article, Nintendo wouldn't be the underdog this gen because they won last gen.

Essentially, Sony is poised to win after stumbling last time.

CRAIG6671796d ago (Edited 1796d ago )

I would argue, that Nintendo,Sony and Microsoft all hit massive stumbling blocks last gen, Sony starting with a high price point and a very slim launch line-up.Then they started removing features from each iteration of the PS3 in an almost systematic fashion-nice. linux/bc etc.
Microsoft with RROD. and later on a focus on kinect/casual market,something they should have perhaps left in Nintendo's hands...
And Nintendo backing themselves into a casual corner with motion control and little/no emphasis and power in hardware,something that certainly payed of HUGELY in the short term but moving into this next gen they are feeling the lack of support both from a consumer and developer point of view.

dbjj120881796d ago

RTFA, the Wii won last gen big time.

RGDubz1796d ago (Edited 1796d ago )

The Wii wasn't even part of last-gen, the Wii-U is Nintendos last gen console.

#1 PS3
#2 360
#3 Wii-U


previous gen

#1 PS2
#2 Wii (Gamecube 2.0)
#3 Xbox
#4 Gamecube



Utalkin2me1796d ago

Last gen? We are still in current gen and this gen isn't over. Last gen isn't over until you drop support for said product. No clear winner until everything is said and done.

ShinMaster1796d ago

Depends on your definition of victory.

Sales only? Sure.
Games and overall experience? No.

MasterCratosKong661795d ago


Though I agree with you, game quality is subjective even when considering review scores so they are not a plausible criteria for victory. Sales are quantitative and concrete.

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Scholla1796d ago

Jokes aside great concept for an article.

dbjj120881796d ago

definitely an interesting take on the console wars.

PopRocks3591796d ago

Good thing this article put (almost) in there since Dreamcast is the obvious snag in the chain. This upcoming generation is certainly unpredictable, but if I had to take a guess, it will be a repeat of generation six with Sony on top, Microsoft in the middle and Nintendo in third.

Personally I'm hoping I'm proven wrong and something surprising happens, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

theWB271796d ago

I can agree with that. Worldwide Sony will outsell the X1...but it will be pretty close in the territories that Micro sells in the states. The WiiU is a conundrum, we can only wait to see what kind of sells hike they get when they release their main IP's.

wishingW3L1796d ago (Edited 1796d ago )

not even in the States because based on Amazon pre-orders the PS4 Standard Edition is in Top 5 while the XB1's Standard Edition is not even in Top 100.

theWB271796d ago (Edited 1796d ago )

I didn't know Amazon preorders were the only way to get these systems. Will other stores sell them? Will we be able to buy the systems AFTER they launch? As it's looking now Im not preordering nor buying off of I need to know my other options.

-_- sarcasm) Amazon preorders isn't the standard bearer for who will sell what.

Utalkin2me1796d ago (Edited 1796d ago )


While Amazon pre orders is not a solid base for how a console will fair. It is a indication of which way consumers are leaning towards. Just as gamestop pre orders and best buy. Those are your big 3 and you can get a good indication of where gamers wallets are leaning towards.

But i assume you are pre ordering yours from blockbuster, am i right?

theWB271796d ago (Edited 1796d ago )

It's a good indicator of which way early adopters are leaning. Pre-orders I mean. Like I stated before, I believe the PS4 will outsell the X1 globally but will be closer where the X1 has sold historically. If after, say a year, of release and the PS4 is still outselling the X1 like it is now then I'll eat crow. As of now, pre-orders mean little.

I get the dig with Blockbuster since the X1 sold pretty well with them. Ha ha ha hardy har har...even if I went with BB, I'd still be getting the same system as the person who ordered from Amazon. Am I right? Assuming only makes an a$$ out of U(talkin2)me.

Hicken1796d ago

His point was that the PS4 leads handily with all those retailers in the US, which has been Microsoft's biggest market. Corresponding retailers in the UK, Microsoft's next biggest market, have seen similar differences in preorder rates.

Of course, they're not absolute numbers, but they ARE a good indicator, as even you admitted.

Which doesn't hint at things being close anywhere.

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xJumpManx1796d ago

I will buy all 3 so it does not matter to me. I will say the WiiU has been such a giant dissapointment.

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