One thing people just don't seem to understand about Nintendo is that they succeed even when they "lose" the race. The N64 got creamed in NA? Let's take a look at the top-selling games of the N64, PS1, Saturn generation in North America (taken from this site): 1) Super Mario 64 2) Goldeneye 007 3) Mario Kart 64 4) Ocarina of Time 5) Gran Turismo If that's not a sweep, then I don't know what is. Some third-party developers were focused on what they wanted to do with optical drives (FMV, redbook audio), and ditched Nintendo. But the ones who did develop for the N64 on the "limited" cartridge format were successful. In the N64's final year, Nintendo raked in more dough than any other publisher except EA, and they've been among the top three publishers ever since, despite the "failure" of the Gamecube. Sony should be happy if the PS3 is their N64. The only way the N64 "failed" was that it was a blow to Nintendo's reputation. Thus far, the PS3 seems not to be Sony's most popular idea, but if it's as profitable to them as the N64 was to Nintendo, their shareholders won't care about popularity.