As you can see, I have broken Platinum Status in Club Nintendo! Now this may not mean much to any of you but come November, I’ll get a sweet Club Nintendo Platinum status gift from Nintendo. Last year it was a replica Mario Hat. I wished I was platinum status last year but alas, I only made gold. Even so they sent me a pretty cool Nintendo calendar for making gold status. It’s nice to at least get some rewards for buying games no matter how small. Oh and I have 1060 points to burn on Club Nintendo merchandise which is a nice bonus as well 😀
It’s the holidays. A season of giving and a season of receiving. Now I have all current home consoles and so my friends seem to think I’m the guy to ask about which console to buy as a gift (or for themselves for that matter). I figure I get that question enough so why not just have my personal opinion shared to anyone willing to read this. It’s probably a little late for those who need to purchase a console for someone this year but I’m hoping it will be handy for the after holiday sales.
Now this question is asked all over the place of course and there is no definitive answer. It really depends on what the end user needs or wants and not truly a question of which console is better. I’ll try to break down all of this information so it’s approachable to gamer or non-gamer alike.
Wii Console – $199 (Extra wiimote + nunchuck = $59.98) (New games = $49.99)
360 Elite – $299 (Extra controller = $49.99) (New games = $59.99)
PS3 Slim – $299 (Extra controller = $54.99) (New games = $59.99)
Wii Console – 512MB expandable with an SD memory card (max 2GB)
360 Elite – 120GB HDD (possible future expansion to 250GB?)
PS3 Slim – 120GB HDD expandable with just about any 2.5 form factor HDD
Wii Console – 100% with Gamecube Games and also controllers/memory cards
360 Elite – Limited with original xBox games
PS3 Slim – None
Hardware internet capabilities:
Wii Console – Wireless modem built in (need adapter to hardline)
360 Elite – Standard ethernet modem built in (need adapter to go wireless)
PS3 Slim – Both wireless and standard ethernet built in
Wii Console – Limited online play, Opera browser, Downloadable games and demos
360 Elite – Full online play (with $49.99 yearly fee), no browser, Downloadable games, game content, demos, movies, trailers, Netflix streaming
PS3 Slim – Full online play, proprietary browser, Downloadable games, game content, demos, movies, trailers, Netflix streaming.
Video playbaback capabilities:
Wii Console – None
360 Elite – DVD playback
PS3 – Blu-ray & DVD playback
High definition capabilities:
Wii Console – None. Limited to 480p with component cables
360 Elite – Up to full 1080p with HDMI or component cables
PS3 Slim – Up to full 1080p with HDMI or component cables
Recognizable exclusive games:
Wii (Nintendo) – Any Mario game, Any Zelda game, Any Metroid game
360 (XBox) – Halo series, Gears of War series
PS3 (Playstation) – Gran Turismo, Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted series
You’ll notice that this information doesn’t really help at all in deciding which system to purchase. It just gives pretty much the low down about each system and nothing about the games or gameplay. Man I can totally ramble on about consoles. Anyway if you were just looking at this info here’s what it breaks down to:
Wii has the upper hand on cost and backwards compatibility.
360 is tied with PS3 on internal memory and high def capabilities.
PS3 has the upper hand on hardware internet, internet and video playback capabilities.
There are so many nuances of each system and more details that I could get into but I’ll get into that with each individual console in the near future. For now I hope this information confuses you even more. Enjoy the incoming break. Great time to catch up on some gaming 😀
I know that both Gamestop and Best Buy get a horrible rap but fact is, they typically set themselves up for their own failures.
I typically don’t pre-order anything but I decided on pre-ordering Metroid Prime Trilogy from Gamestop so that I could get the bonus T-Shirt and poster. I pre-ordered long ago and at that time both were still available and showing on the Gamestop site as available. Well I got a text message yesterday saying that I could pick it up the following afternoon. I decided I would use my lunch hour to pick it up. Well I tried calling first to see if it was there but of course none of the employees found it necessary to answer the phone. I decided on heading there anyway since I did receive the text message the night before. I stopped in and the guy at the counter didn’t know what I was talking about then proceeded to tell me that he hadn’t checked all the boxes yet. He went to the back and after a few minutes came out and said that it must still be on some truck somewhere… Ok, I guess I’ll deal since I headed there without knowing if the product was in yet. Well I went back to work and did my time. I headed back to the store immediately after work and go figure that they were already out of posters. Not only that but they told me they were only shipped 2. Now I dunno about you but if there is a pre-order item to be shipped with product, then they sure as hell better have more than just 2. That’s a load of shit if you ask me. I call that a cheap bait tactic to get customers to buy there as opposed to anywhere else. Totally uncool in my opinion. Ok the clerk said that it was while supplies last (which is true) but you better have more than 2 if you plan to promote the damn thing. Oh and to top it all off, the guy that was there when I stopped in for lunch to pick it up was still there. He “went back” to look if there were any more posters. The F*&^&$^* bastard should have saved one for me in the first place.. the prick.
Ok ok, you may be wondering why I’m so worked up about a poster… It’s not about the poster at this point. If a product is being promoted as a bonus gift for doing something you don’t need to (pre-ordering) then you should get the product or at least have enough made to be handed out to a reasonable amount of people (not 2 per store). Doing that is a crooked (possibly illegal?) store tactic.
Oh… and the T-Shirt was an XL by the way. About 2 of me could fit in one of those. Nice right?
Well apparently it’s active… or at least active in a very limited manner. I’ve been waiting for Nintendo to make this available for the US market for quite some time. It’s finally here but I’m guessing there is a $#it load of people trying to log on or sign up. As of this writing, I’ve only managed to do one survey so I’m at a whopping 50 coins. I guess I’ll just wait a few days and try to log on to finish up some other surveys.
One nice thing about signing up for me is that I was able to transfer all of my info from “My Nintendo” and I’ve been pretty darn up to date with it. Every nintendo item I have that’s able to be registered, is already registered. Less headaches for me not to mention the possible wasted time if I had to re-register everything. I’ll just need to do the surveys to earn the points. Looking at what I have registered, I’m probably going to be able to get the game & watch for my NDS and thensome. I’ll have plenty of points to spare 🙂
For anyone with a “My Nintendo” account, you should upgrade. For anyone with nintendo items out there, I suggest you register or sign up for Club Nintendo. It doesn’t take much effort to register your products and freebees are always great. Well I guess they aren’t truly free. It’s your time in exchange for nintendo products. I’m still cool with that.
I wish you all much gaming fun and many freebee an item from nintendo 🙂
Finally! I was able to pick this game up. It’s all but impossible to find kinda like the Wii itself. It’s funny that when the game was released I had seen many a copy sitting on the Target shelves. Once I decided that I needed one (as well as a friend of mine) it became nonexistent. Over the Labor day weekend, while I was on my way to visit the family, I stopped into Coral Ridge Mall and checked out Gamestop. Lo and behold they actually had a pyramid of Mario Karts. The clerk said that they received a rather large shipment the day before and had already sold over half of them. Boy am I glad that I stopped in when I did. I don’t think the rest of them would have lasted the weekend.
This game is definitely one of the better versions of Mario Kart out there. Over the years, mario kart has somewhat lost its charm but the new control scheme freshens everything up and makes it new again. I love the original on the SNES and this version is actually just as high on my list of the best of the series.
A bonus to this game is that it comes with a Wii Wheel for your Wiimote. Without the wheel, controlling is just uncomfortable and silly at best. Of course you just can’t look cool by driving with just a Wiimote in your hands and not the pimp Wii Wheel.
This game is a pleasure to play and it’s only better with a group of friends (pretty much like any Wii game). For any Wii owner I believe this to be on the list of must haves.
Overall a $50/$50
The free wheel included makes the whole package a steal.
Ok this has actually been completed for about a month now but there still seems to be way more on my plate than I had expected. This is really the first time that I’ve had time to blog about anything in a while.
I’m pretty proud of this accomplishment and I’m quite glad that I didn’t have any basement flooding issues. That would have been devastating considering the nature of this project. This is the first time that most of my collection has been on display as opposed to tucked away in plastic tubs. The tubs were great but it’s really hard to box up what you are really proud of. Things like this need to be displayed appropriately. As of now, this is the best I can do but I plan to expand this at some point down the road. When I get a newer/bigger house and can dedicate an entire room to gaming memorabilia, I’ll definitely expand the collection and display. 🙂
Ok I’m finally in the ranks of 360 owners. It came a LOT sooner than I had expected and honestly it’s the best 360 in the world IMHO. You may wonder why because it looks like a standard 360 and plays like a standard 360. Well what makes this system so special is because I received it as a gift. The gift wasn’t because it was my birthday or because it was a special holiday. It was given to me because “I am the best husband in the world” according to my wife. Yes my wife gave it to me of all people (using her allowance no less). Now how many guys can say that about their wives or girlfriends!? This is even knowing my love of video games and how much time I spend on them. I do admit that I have been working quite hard on the house and of course house chores and dinner and etc, etc but that’s just the job of a good husband. Anywho I’ll give you my first impression of the 360. Ok maybe it’s not my first impression since I’ve used a 360 previously but close enough.
First off, people weren’t lying when they said it was a loud system. I could have my PS3 and Wii on at the same time and it wouldn’t make as much noise as that 360 by itself. That’s just not right when I have to drown out the sound by cranking up my stereo.
The dashboard leaves something to be desired for me. Perhaps it’s just because I’m used to using the XMB on the PS3 but I don’t think so. I think it’s more of the fact that everything seems so cluttered. It’s way too busy. Having a design background, I feel that less is more when it comes to visual appeal. Also readability is lost when there is so much going on.
Navigation on the dashboard seems similar to the XMB so that’s one plus for me since I’m used to it. I unfortunately don’t always know what is currently selected.
The wireless controllers are great. They are actually more comfortable and substantial than the PS3 controllers. It feels like I’m holding a piece of hardware rather than a child’s toy.
Graphics are top notch. Actually they are on par to the PS3 from what I’ve noticed and of course superior to the Wii.
So far the only complaints are:
- The controller wouldn’t connect with the system at one point in time.
- The system is pretty loud.
- I think it’s scratching discs already but I’ll have to keep an eye on it. It may have been from something else.
- The system froze up on me once already. Funny thing is that the only thing I was doing was trying to watch a game trailer. Wasn’t even playing a game… That’s pretty sad.
Well that’s it for now. Oh and I made sure to get a 360 with the newer chipset. Well at least I think it is. I’m hoping that mine won’t have the dreaded rrod so I’m taking every precaution that I can. Here’s to hoping that mine survives the test of time.
Game On everyone!