Thanks for the suggestions! I just called the retro game store near me; they sell very refurbished SNES systems for $50, and very refurbished Wii systems with GC support for $60. They go *way* out of their way to make the system just like new again, which is why the price is somewhat high.
They recommended I pick up a Wii initially and a handful of the best games for it for me and my girlfriend (with whom I will probably be gaming with the most) if not for the affordability (I'm a sophomore in college) simply for the fact that it will be much easier to relate to for people of my generation, which might make it easier to organize gaming gatherings and such.
I will undoubtedly be getting both eventually. I have been researching the SNES and there are just too many good games to pass up on in my gaming career.
EDIT: I realized I would have to pick up a CRT TV for when I get a SNES, seeing as the HDTV in our dorm lounge is mediocre at best, even for an HDTV, and I've heard that older systems do *not* look good on anything but a CRT.
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