Well, I think it all comes down to expectations. For myself, the Super Nintendo was the last truly robust Nintendo system. From the Nintendo 64 and beyond, you only
purchase a Nintendo system for the first-party games and the occasional (quirky or good) third-party game.
Knowing this, coupled with the low system price and early Nintendo games, the Wii was a no brainer at the time of purchase.
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess: A very good, less cartooney version of Zelda
- Super Paper Mario: A fun game, but a bit short and one that under-utilized it's 2D/3D gameplay. Because it went so extreme with the split, you ended up with less character interaction and limited levels (basically 3D hallways.) Still quite fun the first time, but nowhere near as good as the previous one.
- Metroid Prime 3: Corruption: More evolutionary than revolutionary, but still the best 3D Metroid game. The best controlling console FPS I have ever played.
- Super Mario Galaxy: Another fantastically amazing game in the Mario line. Just the smallest step behind Mario 64, but completely amazing and fun. Bioshock was cooler, but SMG is now my GotY. It is that good.
It is only four games, but the amount of fun and the quality of these games has more than justified the purchase of my Wii. I do not see myself picking up the new Super Smash Bros.
(moved, no gaming friends nearby,) but I know a lot of people that will have lots of fun with that. I want to pick up Zack & Wiki
someday for $20 and I am curious to see how Nights: Journey of Dreams
turns out (I never bothered with the previous game,) but my next big Wii game will be Mario Kart Wii
From there, barring that next Zelda
game, I fully expect my Wii to gather dust. Again, you buy the Wii for the Nintendo games and do not expect anything else. But for $250 and for the amazing quality of these titles, it is completely justified, from my perspective. Ignore all the other crap - there are not that many games coming out for the system, the Wii remote is poorly/under-utilized in many games, the Wii remote is not ideal for many "classic" styles of control, and its graphics are nowhere close to those of the 360/PS3 - that is the key to those two systems "beating" the Wii.
If you had a very young child, I guess the Wii is the desired system, too. But how young are we talking about? I have been playing games since age four and a half and I was playing primarily "adult" games by age eight or so. I only ask because, even with my love of Nintendo, if a generic family was forced to have only one videogame system (for whatever reasons,) I still say the Xbox 360 is the "one" system to own. It has a very good market lead, you can easily acquire one, it cost less than the PS3, and it has a decent range of games. I actually purchased a Xbox 360 first simply out of being able to acquire a Wii (just the system - not some $700 package, you assholes.)
You cannot go wrong with the 360, but I do not know what its amazing games are. I really only have three core games:
- Gears of War: A competent game, but the "Halo" of the 360. Nice graphics, but not as good as everybody claims. Under-utilized its cover system, is not particularly dynamic, lacking in story, and very linear. Its biggest selling point is the cooperative play. It definitely needs a few tweaks before it could be called an amazing game.
- Viva Pinata: A very fun, unique game. My girlfriend really liked this game and it got her to be open to more gaming as well as giving us something we could play together (there is no cooperative play, but it's a non-penalizing game that is fun to experience and one we would swap the controller back and forth.) Of course, this is now available on the PC, making it less unique on the 360, though I think it would still attract more people in the television/couch scenario.
- Halo 3: I still have not played past the second or so level in this game. It is...okay, it seems to be better than the joke of the last game, but it really does not stand up to other FPS games (Bioshock, the various incarnations of Half-Life, etc.) It really is more of a multi-player game thana ny type of significant single-player game, though it does have co-op.
From there, we went shopping on eBay and picked up Perfect Dark Zero
(did not bother to play, it did not hold up well) and Kameo
(competent, generic platformer, but nothing special.)
But that is it. Between the Wii and PC, there is not anything extremely special about the 360. Assassin's Creed
? It is a multi-platform title, the reviews have fluctuated a bit, there seem to be some technical bugs, and I can wait for a PC version. Call of Duty 4
? Another multi-platform release. Mass Effect
? Besides my aversion to paying $60 for a console game, there seem to be some technical bugs, the combat is presented poorly, the A.I. is weak, etc. I actually will pick up Mass Effect
at some point, but not until it is cheaper or, ideally, announced for PC (I can dream, can't I?)
Basically, the 360 is in the lead and has some decent games, but nothing I would call profound, fantastic, or amazing. But, because of all the possibilities, I do not think anybody can go wrong with it as their "only" system. I have, what, three possible games on my Wii before it rots? Even looking at the 360, I am potentially interested in The Darkness
, Mass Effect
, Condemned 2
, Dark Sector
, Grand Theft Auto IV
, Too Human
, Army of Two
, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
, etc. Most will suck, many are multi-platform, but the idea is that the 360 has a wide range of games and generally has them first and/or a very good version.Not to mention all the new games that will be announced.
As much as I lament the 360, I do not know what to say about the PS3. If you want a Blu-Ray player, it is an easy rationalization. As a gaming machine, I still find it very lacking. Its cost does need to come down and, if I thought the 360 was weak in amazing games, the PS3 is lacking in even moderate games. What are its defining games? What is amazing about it? Even on the multi-platform front, it receives many games much later and/or of significantly inferior quality. I will not be picking one up until Metal Gear Solid 4
is out and, ideally, its price decreases.
Meanwhile, the PC is facing a huge number of issues (insane hardware cost, crappy ports, less support, sh*tty Vista, fragmented standards, etc.,) but it is still my preferred gaming platform. Besides the massive impact World of Warcraft
has on my gaming, the PC still tends to offer many unique selections, heavily utilizes the mouse/keyboard control method, has more potential possibilities (even if routinely ignored,) and, for multi-platform releases, frequently has more customization options.
Wondering if I should delete the above and just put "TLDR" :o,
Edit: Fixes here and there.
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