The Wii U just came out in Europe, so to celebrate, someone decided to serve up a look back at the history of Nintendo’s hardware in the form of a rather nifty animated package.
The above, which was highlighted by Kotaku, is mostly applicable to us in the States. We generally got stuff here around the same time as they got theirs. Except for the Super Nintendo, which arrived a year in advance for them.
Not only that, but the design of their hardware was based upon the much cooler Japanese version, whereas we had one made just for us. Which was all right, but the original flavor is still far superior (and has stood the test of time better as well).