You gave no facts, you gave your opinion and view
You also gave a misguided definition of hardcore and core.
I use to subscribe to numerous gaming publications from EGM, Next Gen, Nintendo Power to name a few.
The NES was decried as a gimmick because it had D-PAD instead of the joystick.
The SNES was not well beloved in its day, it was quite controversial amongst gamers while Genesis and NeoGeo were universally praised for their advancements in gaming and advancing hardcore gaming and mature gaming (I lived it and had the reading material).
SNES, as I've noted was known for having a processor that was 2x slower than Genesis/Mega Drive and ignoring the traditional controllers that the competition was using compared to Nintendo forcing unwanted change.
Nintendo 64 controller was very controversial the first three years when Sega and Sony openly mocked it as having too many inputs and using a gimmicky analog stick. Most 3rd parties refused to support the analog stick because they didn't want to be forced to move on from the D-pad (There are plenty of old magazines with developers talking about how they didn't like the Nintendo 64 analog stick being forced on them)
Ironically the first dual shock was the final PS1 controller.
Wii Remote was just gimmicky as every other Nintendo controller, which lead to pointer controls, motion controls and speakers being implemented across the board as an industry standard.
Dual Shock 4 has built in motion controls, speaker on the controller, a touch pad, and can be used a pointer.
PS Move is considered motion controls for the hardcore and is being revived as the primary input for PlaystationVR
Motion controls are also built into other VR controllers.
Here is the official Webster definition of the word gimmick:
a : a mechanical device for secretly and dishonestly controlling gambling apparatus
b : an ingenious or novel mechanical device : gadget
a : an important feature that is not immediately apparent : catch
b : an ingenious and usually new scheme or angle
c : a trick or device used to attract business or attention http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gimmick
Everything new is a gimmick until proven otherwise.
According to the official study done on gaming using statistics, this is the main qualifications of the hardcore gamer in 2002:
1)Prefer action/violent games
2)Are very competitive
3)Often have the latest consoles and/or high-end PCs
4)Are usually technologically savvy
5)Prefer to play games that have depth and complexity
6)Often seek out game-related information and participate in gaming communities http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/131397/from_casual_to_core_a_statistical_.php
It also identifies the remaining group as:
*Ultra casual or non-gamers
*Ultra hardcore (obsessive)
On November 22nd 2013 leading up to the PS4 launch, NPR did segment on hardcore and casual gaming.
It argues that those playing Call of Duty and other violent video games are the hardcore gamer.
It calls those who show very little interest in them as "Casual" gamer. http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2013/11/29/246747168/hard-core-and-casual-gamers-play-in-different-worlds
Kotaku says Hardcore gaming is a myth in 2011 http://kotaku.com/5843253/the-hardcore-gaming-myth
The BBC (the gold standard in journalism) called the Hardcore/Serious gamers, those who play games such as Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition; Aliens: Colonial Marines; Mass Effect 3; Assassin's Creed 3 and ZombiU and other violent game.s
They called people who play games like these as casual gamers, New Mario Bros U, Pikmin 3 and Scribblenauts Unlimited, NintendoLand and most other Wii U games.
This from the unveil at E3 2012 http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-18334462
Their reporting from E3 2001, called majority of the games shown for Gamecube as aimed for children not hardcore gamers (They received an earful from some gaming sites). http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-18334462
Starting in 2013 NPD stated that there is 6 types of gamers:
1) Omni gamers (Multiplatform owners including PC/MAC)
2)Free and Mobile (Mainly smartphone and tablet gaming)
3)Core/Hardcore (Mainly plays on Xbox or Playstation systems, fitting the definitions as posted above, multiplatform owners aren't core gamers)
4)Casual Gamer (This and the one below it are where most Nintendo games and Nintendo owners fall)
5)Family Gamer (See above)
6)Social Gamer http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2013/06/05/free-an-mobile-gamers-outnumber-console-players.aspx?PostPageIndex=2
So where do you fall on NPD's labels?
I don't believe in gaming labels, I don't believe there is such things as hardcore, kiddy, casual gamers and games.
I play nearly all genre of games except for most shooters, which just don't; appeal to me.
I've also been multiplatform owner since 1993 (including PC)