February 25th, 2003

Frog Wizard

Bought a Nintendo GameCube.

I've been considering for some time buying a video game console.

Which basically leaves me with three choices. I can get a PlayStation 2, I can get a Microsoft X-Box, or I can get a Nintendo GameCube.

I ruled out PS2 immediately, because everyone has one of those. Both of my brothers, and most of my friends, have those already. So, if I want to play PS2, they're readily available. No sense in buying one, then.

Which leaves the decision between X-Box and GameCube.

I have to admit to an initial bias against X-Box, as I don't much care for Microsoft. However, I'm buying something that I'll likely use quite a bit, so like them or not, I wanted to make sure I was getting the best system.

First consideration, then is the price. GameCube comes out winning here, at $150, versus X-Box's $200 price tag.

Next, we consider games.

X-Box: There are a couple of X-Box games that look pretty cool. Halo, Oddworld, and Splinter Cell especially. However, I didn't really find a lot of games that looked like "must haves". The kind of games that I would buy immediately if I had the system.

GameCube: There's a handful of interesting looking games here, too. The big difference, though, is there's a couple of "must haves" that jump out immediately. First of all, there's Metroid Prime. This game looks amazing, and everyone I've talked to has raved about it. That, and I *loved* the old Metroid games. Next, we have the new Zelda game. I was a little uncertain when I heard they were going very cartoony, but I saw a trailer for this the other day. . . My God that looks impressive. They also have the always good Resident Evil games, Eternal Darkness (which I've heard is what Resident Evil 0 *should* have been), and the new Mario game, which ought to be entertaining. I also heard that Splinter Cell is being ported.

At this point, I was leaning towards GameCube.

Then, a friend of mine pointed out that if you pre-order the new Zelda game, they'll send you a GameCube version of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I never had an N64, so this is as good as a new game, for me. And I've heard that Ocarina was one of the best Zelda's they've done.

At this point, I was thinking I was going to go with a GameCube. . . and another friend of mine points to Nintendo's new promotion, then slated to start in a few days. The promotion is that you get a free game with the purchase of the console.

So, to sum up, I now own a GameCube. ;-)

I got Metroid Prime as my free game. I also pre-ordered the new Zelda game, and my free Ocarina of time arrived the other day. Also, I found a bunch of games on sale at ebgames.com, so I ended up picking up Hunter: The Reckoning ($10), BloodRayne ($15), and Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance ($20), from there. Coincidentally, they arrived the same afternoon I bought a GameCube. ;-)

Oh, and I also took this week off work (I had a week's paid vacation, dunno how much longer I'll be there, figured I'd use it).
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Metroid Prime.

Oh, yeah. . . I forgot to mention. . .

Metroid Prime kicks some serious booty.

Since I got it, I've sent *way* too many hours playing it. I was a little worried, being a huge fan of the previous (side scroller) Metroid games. . . but my fears have been put to rest. Metroid Prime is just awesome.

After a few days with it, it's more than justified my purchase of the GameCube. I have absolutely no regrets. ;-)

Oh, and a friend of mine who was getting ready to buy an X-Box. . . he's asked me to bring my Cube over to his place this weekend, so he can check it out. He's been hearing rumors about Metroid, and wants to see if they're true. . . I think he might be starting to consider getting a GC instead of an X-Box. ;-)
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