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Nintendo Wii or XBox 360?

I got my early gift so I'm deciding.

Pros? Cons? What's your experience?

We talked about this already in the podcast before but I'd like to hear from my LJ friends here.
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From:bfirrera
Date:December 28th, 2006 01:55 am (UTC)
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I think it depends on more what you want out of the console.

If you play more of the shooting type games (like Halo) or driving type games (like perhaps Gran Turismo) than you are probably better off with the 360.

If you are happy playing both old Nintendo classic games (excitebike, for example) and also think that the new Wii controller is fun, that might be a good alternative (it comes with a game including bowling, boxing, golf and one other game...I think tennis?) and it would keep you active. On top of that, it's backwards compatible to the Gamecube and can use all of those games (like Mario Party 7) and peripherals (like the DDR dance pads and the bongos...the bongos kick ass by the way, a friend of ours has them).

The difference for me would be whether I saw the console more as entertainment for just me (360) or as a component to socializing with my friends at a party (the Wii).

Personally, I'd choose the Wii.
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From:texaspenguin
Date:December 28th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
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Wii Sports includes 5 titles actually: bowling, boxing, golf, tennis, and baseball. The boxing is probably my least favorite and the bowling/golf/tennis all tie for being my favorite. :)
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From:bfirrera
Date:December 28th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
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Cool...

...I haven't had the chance to play with one myself. I do want one, but would rather wait until there aren't long lines waiting for them and they are easy to find in stores (by then there should be a few more titles for it too).
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From:brchase
Date:December 28th, 2006 10:44 am (UTC)
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I was leaning towards the Wii.

But after talking to my friend, he said that the XBox 360 can access my videos via Media Connect on my computer, rent movies online, play HD-DVD, aside from playing new and old xbox games.

The problem are the lines at the store.. I have to wait a little to get one. :-(
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From:bfirrera
Date:December 28th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
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Maybe there will be a hot bear/cub behind the counter and you could trade a *favor* for a place higher on their waiting list... :P
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From:garebear
Date:December 28th, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
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If you get a Wii, you can meet people and tell them,

"Would you like to come home with me and play with my Wii? My Wii is a lot of fun."

Maybe you'll get a nice bear to play with your joystick (if that's okay with Mike).
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From:brchase
Date:December 28th, 2006 10:47 am (UTC)
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Oh goody! I can have bears to play with me! :-)

I think Mike would like it, too... and the game console also. hehehe

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From:texaspenguin
Date:December 28th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
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Wii if you're into fun and games for everyone.

Xbox 360 for the hardcore gamer.

I have what's dubbed as a "Wii60"; both systems. I use them both for different reasons. The Wii is great for family type of games and innovative use of the Wii-mote. The 360 is great for the hi-def gaming and the fast paced action of the first person shooters.

The Wii makes you say: "Ooooh, how fun!"
The 360 makes you say: "Damn, look at those graphics...hell yeah!"

The Wii says to you: "I will make you have lots of fun!"
The 360 says to you: "I will pwn U with my l33t skillz!"

The Wii is innately Wi-Fi capable.
The 360 requires a $100 component to be Wi-Fi capable, but it works well.

Both systems have games available for download:
The Wii has classics like Super Mario Bros. 64, The Legend of Zelda, and F-Zero.
The 360 has PopCap games like Zuma and Astropop along with a slew of other games that are a blast to play.
The Wii makes it a bit more difficult to buy Wii points (used to purchase games).
The 360 lets you add Microsoft Points wherever you need them.

Let me clarify that last point: With the Wii, if you find a game you want and don't have enough points, you have to back out of the menu a few times in order to get to where you can add more Wii Points. With the 360, you press the "X" button on the same screen and it will take you directly to where you can add points. This may seem like a miniscule detail, but it's a bigger difference in terms of making it easy to buy downloadable games.

The 360 lets you download a bunch of demos and trailers.
The Wii does not.

The Wii is...well...it's wee.
The 360 is only slightly smaller than the original Xbox.

The Wii has The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
The 360 has Gears of War.
(These are both pros of one and cons of the other).

Both systems have wireless controllers.

The Wii can play Gamecube games and has a place for you to plug in old Gamecube controllers, making the Gamecube obsolete.
The 360 is having some issues playing some older Xbox titles, making it not fully backwards compatible.

What it comes down to: both systems rock. By far, getting a Wii60 is better than getting a PS3. But in terms of one over the other? I can't really tell you. The Wii is cheaper than the 360, but also lacks the graphical power of the 360 (it is not a hi-definition gaming system, but it is next-gen). I paid $500 for my 360 (premium system plus wireless adapter) and $330 for my Wii (console plus two bundled games from Costco).

If you need instant gratification, the 360 is available now with a pretty good sized library of awesome games, most of which are either first person shooters or racing games/sports titles. The Wii may be a bit harder to find for a while and its library is not quite as large (mainly because it's a month and a half old). But it has The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. I've been playing that game for weeks now, have 42 hours of play time logged on it and am probably about another 5-10 hours from finishing it. So it's well worth the purchase.

The few 360 games that I've finished (first person shooters, which normally I detest on a console - I'd rather play those on my PC, but they work quite well on the 360) I managed to finish in less than 10 hours each, but the multiplayer makes them much more fun. Like Gears of War...

My next long game actually will be on neither system. It'll be on my PS2 (Final Fantasy XII). Which I still play a lot (the PS2, that is). Why? Because it has Guitar Hero I/II. And being Asian and all, I have a bit of a fetish for rhythm games.

Final verdict: The Wii barely edges out the 360 due to its lower price, included Wi-Fi, and list of potential great titles. If I had to put a number on them, I'd have to say that on a scale from 1-10:

Xbox 360: 9/10
Nintendo Wii: 9.1/10
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From:texaspenguin
Date:December 28th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
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I forgot to mention: if you do not have a hi-def TV, there is no point in purchasing the Xbox 360; the graphics wind up looking the same as on the original Xbox if not using hi-def.
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From:brchase
Date:December 28th, 2006 10:59 am (UTC)
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Wow! Now that's a review!
Have you ever considered writing for CNET or something?

I'm actually thinking of getting both. Perhaps I'll get the Wii first.

One of the reasons why I got the PS2 because of its flexibility.
Thinking back then, it can play PS1 games, PS2 games, CDs, and DVDs.
Now with XBox 360, you can play old Xbox games (but with some problems like I heard), Xbox 360 games, CDs, DVDs, HD-DVDs. It can also access my audio and video files from my PC. And you can rent movies online. That's what I heard from jstdrawnthatway.

The Wii has a more social aspect, which is good, too. The problem is accessibility. :-(

I'll probably get the Wii on January if I can get it somewhere and probably wait a little to get Xbox 360

Thanks, Peter!

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From:droxnar711
Date:December 28th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)
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Well, it may seem like a silly point, but one of the reasons we got the 360 is that I like to play video games to relax, and really don't feel like having to get active with my controller in order to play. Not saying that all Wii games need you to jog in place or play tennis, but if i'm not really going to use one of the major features, I really didn't see the need to get it. Maybe later, we will get one. But for now we'll just play Ultimate Alliance squarely rooted on the couch. ;)
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From:jstdrawnthatway
Date:December 28th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
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and don't forget the zombie-horde goodness of the dead rising. it has everything in it - crazed zombies, guns, junk food, and the mall. what more could you ask for in a game? (other than hot bears, cubs, etc. - i guess it wouldn't be the dead that would be rising in a game like that though...)
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From:droxnar711
Date:December 28th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
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You perv. You've been putting porn in the Xbox again, haven't you. Remember what I said: "It's 'Xbox' NOT 'Sexbox'"
From:dfwteddybear
Date:December 28th, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC)

Do what you want

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Get the system that will best fit you and what you plan to do and mostly, who has (or will have) a better selection of titles.

Roy and I are going with the Wii, because we can play against each other and whatnot AND we have some nintendo games that we want to play from the past, but that's us, not you.
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From:brchase
Date:December 28th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)

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Yeah. I don't mind playing Nintendo Game cube games.
And I'm excited to play the oldy oldy games from the 80's.
Looking forward to it.

Wii it is then. :-)
From:bearinslc
Date:December 28th, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
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Played both, I lean towards the wii for one reason...It's fun, very fun.

The 360 has great graphics and Gears of War is an awesome game, however it's more for hardcore gaming where as the wii is fun and great to play. But I play games for fun factor and enjoyability not for graphics and whatnot.
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From:brchase
Date:December 28th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC)
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It seems that many are suggesting the Wii.

I would like to play games with friends. I'm not a hardcore gamer. Plus, I really want to play the old games I grew up with.

Come to think of it, none of my friends here in town, as far as I know, have the Wii yet.
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From:brchase
Date:December 28th, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah. I've been trying to look around. They all run out fast. :-(
I'll keep trying.
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