Nintendo and Sega had their success in the UK but less so in certain places on the continent. I'm not sure if that was due to price (they could differ wildly from nation to nation) or they just couldn't get a decent foothold in other countries on the continent for other reasons or the people just preferred basic computers.
As much as I loved my consoles and I had my NES at about 4 or 5, I was brought up with Commodore systems from the age of 2 and would fall in love with the Amiga from roughly the age of 13. Those systems always appeared to be the preferred choice to me, my friends and the countless books, magazines dedicated to those platforms.
I've always and probably wrongly sensed a different attitude between us and you folks across the pond. 'Playing Nintendo' wasn't coined as the phrase to refer to general video game playing here as I believe it had in the States, with Nintendo being the preferred choice over Sega. That's most likely due to the marketing machine and many times it's from a movie or TV show where a video game is either in the scene or referred to and 'playing Nintendo' or 'playing Sega' were the terms used for what they were up to. Reality may have been a whole lot diffrrent.