For a long time I planned on getting the Wii soon after it launched. Being a loyal Nintendo fan at the time I intended to have the Wii succeed my Gamecube that has brought me countless hours if fun over the last 2 and a half years. Then another console came along, the Xbox 360 which would eventually cause me to shed my wool and get the distinction of being the first 7th gen console I planned to own.
I'd been following all of the news on the system ever since it was first anounced back in 2005, of course this also brought me into frequent contact with all of the buzz surrounding the 360 launch which was only a few months away. I didn't think uch of it at the time, it didn't seem like a next gen console. I'd had very little experience with the original Xbox and the 360 just seemed like a souped up Xbox to me with better hardware to me. Also the 360 costs $400, $300 for the core system which for me seemed like way too much money. Besides I had another event to pay attention to at the time, the debut of NintendoWiFi. While the service would later lessen my faith in Nintendo, at the time I thought it was awesome that they finally joined the online market.
When 2006 rolled around things mellowed out for a while and nothing really happened. The 360 got 2 AAA titles, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter(GRAW). While I didn't care too much for Oblivion, GRAW looked really awesome and I dearly wished it would come to a Nintendo platform though I knew it wouldn't be the case as with so many other third party games. "So what, that's only 1 game that you like on the 360, the Revolution still has Metroid and Super Smash Bros plus all of the other first party titles. Then there's the totally awesome motion sensing controller". While it din't seem too big a deal at the time, GRAW was the game that got the 360's foot in the door for me.
Then along came a little thing called E3, where the newly renamed Wii was truly unveiled for the first time. All of the new information we learned! We saw trailers and gameplay footage for Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and Super Smash Bros Brawl. We learned about the Wii UI and the Opera browser, we learned that the Wii would be under $250, far cheaper than the other consoles on the market. Of course there was one other event at E3 that caught my attention, the Halo 3 tralier which I had the pleasure of watching for the first on my TV with no idea just what game this was for until the Master Chief walked out of the billowing sandy dessert.
After all of the excitement of E3 nothing really happened again until the fall except for one thing. For some reason I suddenly got into Halo over the summer. It started with me wiki'ing the Master Chief because I'd heard several times that he was bionic or something and since I'm a sciency guy I was curious to know exactly how exactly he was integrated with his suit. Within a few weeks I'd bought the Halo novels(heads up to any sci fi fans out there, these are good reads if you're looking for a good sci fi action novel) and Halo: Combat Evolved for my PC. Of course I then wanted to play Halo 2 and maybe 3 as well. I knew Halo 2 was coming to the PC for Windows Vista and thought Halo 3 might do the same eventually. The only problem was that my PC was not a gaming PC and would not have the graphics power to run this game and since it was a laptop I couldn't just upgrade the raphics card like in a desktop. I never really reached a conclusion as to what I would do about this at the time so I sort of let it drop for the time being since it would be awhile before Halo 2 for the PC came out anyway.
*kudos to you if you've read this far*
Then came September which brought with it the climax of my huge debate and the beginning of the end for the Wii. It all started at X06 with the revealing of Halo Wars. Since I was into Halo I was now keenly following any news I head about any Halo game. This game was only coming to the 360 and it was at this point that I realized that the 360 offered the same for me in terms of games as the Wii did. For the 360 I had Halo 2, 3 and Wars. Then there was GRAW and (soon to follow) Gears of War. For the Wii I was only really looking forward to MP3 and SSBinB, both of which had been pushed back to 07. Then there was the online, something I really wanted in a next gen console. The 360 had a well established online service which had set the standard for how console online serrvices should be done. The Wii's online however still remained a mystery other than that we knew it existed, however at this pont the DS's online had thoroughly dissapointed me and I really hoped Nintendo would do better for a full console than they did for their handheld.
I decided to look into the possibility of getting a 360. This basically amounted to learning as much about the system as possible and figuring out how I'd set it up seeing as I needed to have both a HD quality display device and have it near my router so I could get on Live. I got lucky here since I'd happened to buy a PC monitor over the summer for use with my laptop docking station. Conveniently enough I had planned to set this all up on the same table that had the router and modem, so it would all work out nicely assuming I can get it set up before the 360 arrives.
I'ts now nearing the end of November and now that the Wii is out, I've gotten the last few things I needed to push me over the edge to gp the 360 route. Gears is AAA and is being widely acclaimed as having the impact on the 360 that the first Halo did on the Xbox. The Wii is now out, and while the controller is neat it's not quite as cool as everyone thought it would be. Lastly, it appears like Wii's online will be grimped with friend codes like the DS's was, though I'll withhold fnal judgment until there are games that support online so we see just what the service is like.
Does all of this mean I'm not getting a Wii? No, it just means I'm not getting one in the near future. I'll give the system time to mature and then decide whether it's worth it or not. One thing I didn't mention in my post was that my gaming tastes have changed over the years. I've always wanted to play some more intense third party games like the ones I listed above on my gamecube but there was never supprt for them so they never came out and devs didn't usually bother with porting either. The Nintendo games I've loved for the last few years have gotten just a bit boring and I'm ready for a change, a change a Nintendo console won't let me make unfortunately.