The thing is, while Nintendo doesn't typically create the new technology, they tend to be the ones that take the risk and say "Okay nobody is going to expect us to do this...." and it normally works. They base their entire system around something none of us would ever expect them to. Gotta give credit where credit is due.
Yeah, Sony made a portable console with an analog nub (and the PSV is gonna have two). Sony made a console with HD resolution. The things that Sony goes with are things that you or I could have come up with. The things Nintendo goes with are the "It's so crazy, it just might work" concepts.
Nobody could predict what the N64's controller would look like. Nobody could predict what the Gamecube controller would look like (loser or not, the face button design was genius). Nobody could predict what the Wii controller would look like and nobody could guess what the Wii U controller would look like. Sony is a great company but they tend to play it safe.*
*And don't give me that PS3 costs $600 so they didn't play it safe stuff, either. You and I know Sony planned to win this gen by piling on a bunch of expensive features and adding more power. That's the safe route.