Help me choose … Wii vs. Xbox 360

Ok, so yes, I’m putting this out there to get input from the loving masses that read my blog. Please leave me comments here. I’m curious in other’s thoughts.

I’m torn. I’ve decided that this Christmas I wanna ‘ask Santa’ for either an Xbox 360, or a Wii. And everytime I think I make a decision, I see something else and change my mind.

For those that don’t know me ‘as a gamer’ as well, let me explain …

I’m a 30-something low-core gamer (0-10 hours a week). I also have for a long time now, followed a ‘scheme’ of always buying a gaming system after it’s been out a few years, when not only is it cheaper, but all the games for it are cheaper. I also decided a while back that I was tired of dealing with the upgrade cycle to get PC games to play, so stopped playing them.

I went from my Nintendo NES (kept it for a long time while doing PC games), to buying a Dreamcast, just a few months before they stopped making them. It was great, because all the accessories/games/etc dropped down really cheap. I was buying a couple games a week at $5 a pop.

I then, now a year or two ago, bought a Gamecube at a yardsale for $50 (including games/controllers). I’ve really enjoyed it, and I still find good ‘cheap games’ for it. There are still a few ‘killer games’ I wanna get for it, so it’s not a dead console in my mind, in fact, with the release of the Wii, games for the Cube will start dropping in price more probably.

(Oh, and I do still have my NES, and an Atari 2600 hooked up as well)

So, Why am I looking at an Xbox 360, or a Wii?

A few reasons. First of all, I actually tried to get a ‘free Xbox’ a while back, just before the Xbox 360 came out. I figured that it was about time for the Xbox games to start getting cheaper. Well, I never ended up getting it. But I was choosing Xbox over PS2 because of it having some great games that I really wanted to play … also because of it’s graphics ‘on the average game’ being better.

Once the 360 was out, and I started seeing it in stores, and seeing demos online/etc … I was floored. The graphics are absolutely AMAZING. I mean AMAZING … and I’ve got this HDTV sitting there running DVDs and crappy ReplayTV video right now. The idea of getting an ‘old Xbox’ stopped appealing to me. Plus hey, I could still buy ‘old games’ (some of them at least) and play them on the 360. I liked that idea.

Then, here comes the Wii. The Wii has alot going for it (unfortunately not the name). I think that the controller, if it works, is amazing. I can’t wait for sword fighting games, for 3rd person shooters where you point and click, etc. I think it will be fun. On top of that, I think my wife would enjoy playing alot of the Wii games, for the ‘simple interface’ aspect. On top of that, I think my ~2 year old son, would probably get a kick out of some of the games, even while he is a bit young to understand how to use an Xbox/GameCube/etc controller, if he can hold a Wiimote in his hands and move it around, and see that the screen is doing something in response. He ‘might’ have a blast.

On top of that, I just realized (I’m sure it’s been out for a while, but it was news to me), that the Wii is completely GameCube backwards compatible. It will play all of the games, it has a side panel that opens and accepts a GameCube memory card, and GameCube controllers. This is great, since it means I could actually retire the GameCube (ie, not need to keep it hooked up as well, which I will want to do if I get the 360). Also, my GameCube’s laser focus is starting to go, and I’ve already had to adjust the power level up twice on it. It might eventually totally go. At which point I’d need a replacement anyway.

Oh, and I love that the Wii uses regular SD cards for memory, that’s brilliant, especially since I’m an SD card house … We have 2 digital cameras that use SD cards, MP3 players that use them, SD card readers for the computers, GPS devices that use them, etc.

So, as I think you can see, I’m torn. Really torn.

Basically:

Xbox 360:

  • AMAZING Graphics.
  • Well ‘burned in’ by now.
  • Lots of great games, and more coming.
  • Prices on games dropping.
  • Can play ‘some’ Xbox games.
  • $400 or cheaper (sales) to get going.

Wii:

  • Innovative interface.
  • Potentially fun for whole family.
  • SD cards for memory.
  • GameCube Compatible.
  • $250 to get going
  • Con: Brand New, Completely Untested

So, what do you think? Given my situation, what would you do? Get 360? Get Wii? Heck, or wait even longer and just keep enjoying my GameCube as I currently am?

Please leave me comments for advice and your own thoughts.

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2 Responses to Help me choose … Wii vs. Xbox 360

  1. it’s a tough choice. X-box 360 really does have some interesting/fun/awesome looking games.

    for me though, i’m going with the wii.

    My reason is basically this: I have played games since the NES. This generation I bought Gamecube and Xbox– and was kind of left feeling like “great these are nice graphics, but the gameplay is getting a tad bit repettetive”

    I feel this way about a lot of 360 games– great graphics, but nothing new in way of gameplay mechanics.

    in fact, before the wii was announced, I even considered not buying video game systems anymore.

    the wii seems to have changed this all– and i really am excited about this novel approach.

  2. dorfl says:

    After living in doubt for about 3 months, I purchased an xbox360.. the graphics were just so damn appealing… but believe me when I say that’s about all you get out of it. I have most games that are out and the main reason you put on a certain game, is ’cause of the way it looks. Some games tend to load too much, start to run slow when little action is happening,.. the console heats up very, very, very fast and sometimes makes a LOT of noise. Another thing, the console tens to freeze of cash. One time I was playing a demo, the system crashed for no apparent reason and now the entire thing is useless. I have since bought a new one even tho I know the same is bound to happen within the next couple of months. Best thing about the 360 is the ‘xbox live marketplace’ where you can download demo’s, arcadegames and game video’s. But after seeing the Wii Channels… well that’s your marketplace killer right there. you can not surf the web with a 360, you cannot check the weather, you cannot create a virtual character and so on. Go for the Wii my friend, as your wife and kids will enjoy playing on it too. It’s also the better choice for those moments you really don’t have much time.. you do not want to wait 10 minutes before you’re in the start menu of a game like you will have on a 360.

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