Interesting article... While reading it, I felt like it really wasn't fair to compare the two until I saw where they compared the original Wii vs. iPhone, and that the two were extremely comparable up through 2009.
Has Nintendo really fallen out of the mainstream light? Have consumers moved on? Or is Apple just growing immensely as everyone flocks to their latest news and devices?
But just how important is this attention? Take a look at these two Google Insight queries I ran:
As you can see, the iPhone is huge and has been growing immensely. But for the sake of staying to what can be considered more comparable, let's look only at the second link, the one with just the consoles.
Wii dominates the chart consistently with recent tapering off, 360 has stayed very consistent and is almost even with the declining Wii, PS3 is extremely low consistently throughout the years, and the Wii U is also very low (not released yet).
Since it's likely that the search term for the playstation 3 wasn't correctly representing traffic, I used "PS3" instead:http://www.google.com/insights/search/#q=Wii%2CWii%20U%2CXbox%20360%2CPS3&cmpt=q
There you can see it's extremely high levels, tracking very closely to the Wii throughout the years (minus the large Wii spikes). In September 2006, the Wii and PS3 were at 13 and 11, respectively. Wii U's partial month is only at 5 right now, but that's likely to climb a bit in the half-month we have left. We'll see what happens as launch comes near.
Looking at all of this.. is the Wii U looking healthy right now using these metrics? Are these fair metrics to be using as GamesIndustry has?