The most popular video game consoles are the most powerful.
Usually false. The NES
, Game Boy
and PlayStation 2
were moderately to vastly less powerful than their contemporaries, yet sold better because they were better marketed, and often less expensive. Even the Super NES
, more popular worldwide than the Sega Genesis
and sporting a better graphics chip, sound chip and memory size, had a weaker CPU.
The best example is Game Boy vs Sega Nomad
. Nomad had 14 times as much CPU power, 34 times as much RAM, 3 times the resolution, 16 times as many colors onscreen, sprites 16 times as large and twice as numerous, better sound and better games. Yet sold only a small fraction as many units as Game Boy because it was bulky, expensive, and was marketed as yet another Genesis than a whole new console, the way Nintendo
would later market Game Boy Color
and Game Boy Advance