Lol wut ? The Gamecube was a power-house way ahead of the Dreamcast and PlayStation
I stand corrected; they gave up the power chase since the Gamecube. The point still applies.
I not only agree with your original point, but I’d take it a step further and say the N64 was the only time Nintendo was really chasing the power crown. The NES, Gameboy, and SNES consoles weren’t exactly powerhouses.
While I understand the reasoning of SKMBlake, I don’t agree with it. The Gamecube was on par, but not a powerhouse—that crown goes to the Xbox. The Xbox’s CPU and GPU were more powerful, relative to Gamecube, than Gamecube was to PS2.
On the other hand, the N64 actually was way ahead of its competition in terms of power. In fact, the CPU was so far ahead that you could add up all the MHz of the other CPUs of the generation (3D0, Jaguar, Saturn, and PSX) and the N64 still had a higher number.
If Nintendo was trying to be the top dog, they’d have doubled their CPU to a 950MHz to 1GHz cpu in 2001 to equal what the N64 was doing in 1996. Why didn’t they do it? I’d guess Nintendo had second thoughts about the power race after they lost nearly half their home console market, and the much less powerful PSX outsold all 16-bit era consoles combined (SNES, Mega Drive, TG16, NeoGeo, CDi, Sega CD, 32X, PC Engine CD, NeoGeo CD).