Wii WOW!

James Robertson: "That's a ton of consoles. The other thing you have to keep inmind is this: while MS and Sony lose money on each console sale (and hope to make it up in software), Nintendo profits on each Wii. Oh, and all the speculation about how people buy a Wii, and then only play Wii Sports?" - Wow, go read this. I'm going to guess we'll see Sony and Microsoft releasing similarly priced consoles, or not producing a next gen console. I don't know much about Sony but Microsoft has, in the past at least, had the courage to scrap projects that didn't make money. Nintendo, the little company that everyone had written off, is making out like bandits!

There are other things to consider. Nintendo creates fun games with great characters. We still have our Nintendo 64 for one game, Mario Kart. Yes, it's that much fun. Something else to consider. We recently experienced the Red Ring of Death on our 360 console. Of course that prompted me to look around for solutions to the problem and read all kinds of horror stories. I've seen accounts of up to six, yes six, returns for a single person. That is a nightmare for Microsoft.

I'm hoping our repaired box will hold up for years to come, we'll see.

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Hitting the nail on the head

James Robertson: "I'm a casual gamer who loves the Wii. I'll ooh and ahh at the graphics on the 360 - but I can't justify the purchase based on how much I play. The Wii - whole different story there :)" - James nails it. Who can justify the price tag if you're not a hardcore, gotta have the killer graphics, gamer? We own a 360 but we play our Classic XBox more than we play the 360. Why? We still love playing the original Halo and connecting two, or more, systems together and playing team slayer. The sad thing is I can't find replacement XBox controllers, no third party controllers because everyone I've used stinks.

I can see a Wii in our future. I think everybody I work with has opted for the Wii. Most of them say the same thing, "Nintendo has great characters, great story lines, and great gameplay, it's not so much about the killer graphics."


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