There seems to be this widespread belief that Nintendo is the only dev that pushes the limits of their own consoles, and that their games are always the best looking.
I would instead argue that with every one of their consoles, there are third/second party efforts that technically exceed any of Nintendo's own game for that system.
NES: Batman: Return of the Joker, Battletoads
SNES: Donkey Kong Country 1-3, Doom
N64: Conker's Bad Fur Day, DK 64, Banjo Tooie
Gamecube: Rogue Squadron 2 and 3, Resident Evil 4
Wii: Jett Rocket, Conduit 1 & 2, Modern Warfare 3
Wii U: Trine 2: Director's Cut
What do you guys reckon?
See "about me" for my currently running bets