Wii or 360?

by Ed Lau on December 10, 2006

It’s tough to decide.  In the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to figure out whether I want to purchase a Nintendo Wii or an Xbox 360.  I’ve never owned a console before other than a Game Boy and a PSP but the current crop of games for the 360 and the low price of the Wii make me want to take the plunge.  I was almost entirely decided on getting a 360 so I could play Gears of War and Dead Rising but after seeing the Wii in action this afternoon at the mall, I’m struggling with the decision once again.  The Wii looks like a lot of fun if you have a lot of people playing but heck, playing Zelda by yourself looks pretty damned fun too. 

I’ve pretty much ruled out the PS3.  I’m not crazy enough to pay the stupid prices (well, unless I was going to sell it right after) and the games at launch don’t look great.  Plus, they’ve cancelled Gran Turismo HD and GT5 won’t be out until, apparently, 2009.  I’ve played some of the current PS3 games at work and I’m just not impressed.  The only reason to get a PS3 is probably to get a cheap Blu-Ray player.

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Michael Kwan December 10, 2006 at 11:20 pm

You’re probably going to hate me for giving this answer, but if you can afford both, that’d be the best option. The Wii is excellent for party games — just Wii Sports can be so much fun with a bunch of friends, because it’s so pick-up-and-play friendly — whereas you’ll probably want the Xbox 360 for more conventional games, especially more “adult-themed” shooters, racers, and well, eye candy. The graphics found on the Wii clearly are not a selling point, whereas the gameplay and visuals in Gears of War look stunning.

I decided on a Wii (but I’m a self-proclaimed ,a href=”http://btr.michaelkwan.com/2006/11/19/top-ten-signs-youre-a-nintendo-fanboy.aspx”>Nintendo fanboy, having owned just about every system they ever made), but those holiday bundles for the 360 sound very worth it. You can’t beat $450-500 for a premium system with up to four “free” games.

The Wii seems like a relative bargain, and the motion sensitive controls are a lot of fun. I have Zelda and it’s pretty nifty. But after adding in an extra Wiimote, nunchuk, and a couple of games (Zelda and Rayman), my total bill is about $530. Get the Xbox 360 holiday bundle, add an extra controller, and you’re still under $600.

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Michael Kwan December 10, 2006 at 11:21 pm
Carl December 11, 2006 at 12:12 am

Like I said in our conversation, each has its own pros and cons.

My basic answer is this:

If you have HDTV: XBOX 360
If you have a standard TV: Wii

Most multiplatform games are designed with the XBOX 360 and PC as a base, and ported over to PS3 and Wii. As such, they’ll look best on the first two platforms. Wii is not a very powerful console, so games don’t look much better than PS2 or XBOX 1.

If you have HDTV, or using a PC monitor, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the advantages of the 360. Plus you can grab the addon and enjoy HD-DVD movies.

Wii is a better ‘living room’ game system, for playing with friends. Andrea and I played video games together for the first time since we met 9 years ago. That tells you something about the appeal of Wii.

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Gdog December 11, 2006 at 5:50 am

Get the Wii…it’s like killing two birds with one stone: fun and a workout. Fats kids have a reason to rejoice now!

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Kiltak December 11, 2006 at 6:19 am
Stephen December 11, 2006 at 1:15 pm

Wii…don’t have a problem. What Wii have are a bunch of Wii-Tards!

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