Originally Posted by Leo_Ames
A two year head start didn't hurt matters...
Two year head start? For what? The Xbox 360 dropped in November 05 (December 05 in Japan), the PS3 in November 06. The DS was released in November 2004, the PSP in March 05 (November 04 in Japan).
Sony should have, by all rights, eaten Microsoft's lunch. The one year head-start certainly wasn't the deciding factor or even a significant one. Both consoles launch with weak line-ups. Sony's was actually a bit worse for only having two true exclusives, Genji and Resistance:FOM (I don't count Ridge Racer, since both titles launched with one) to the 360's four.
Nintendo learned this lesson. That's why they launched with a Zelda game out of the gate (Sure, it was a retooled gamecube game...but it was a Wii launch title, nonetheless). And that's why the 3DS launch window is chock full of name brands: they know that's what moves units.
I mean, the 3DS is launching with these titles from Nintendo alone:
Starfox 64 3D
That's a good showing. And that's not including all the other stuff, like Street Fighter 4, Metal Gear Solid, Kingdom Hearts, Dead or Alive, Resident Evil and so on. Games sell a console right out of the gate.