There hasn’t been one since the N64/PS1/Dreamcast days and that’s pushing it. No one did it like Nintendo and Sega did during the early 1990s with the NES, SNES and the Genesis. Both companies were pretty overt about how much they wanted to put the other 0ut of business. As we know, Sega filed for bankruptcy almost 13 years ago and with it, we saw something we thought we’d NEVER see up to that point: A Sonic the Hedgehog game released on a Nintendo console.
Sonic Advance was released on the Game Boy Advance (opposite the Super Mario Advance Games) while Dreamcast Sonic Adventure games as well as The Sonic Mega Collection (The Genesis Sonic games plus Sonic R and Sonic CD) were ported to the Gamecube and later the PS2 and Original Xbox. It wasn’t until 2008 we would finally see Sonic and Mario in the same game: Sonic and Mario at the Olympic Games. Gaming’s most iconic rivals would have a proper throw down in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U.
Those who know their gaming history knows the Console Wars officially ended in 2005’s release of the Nintendo Wii. Nintendo said they were bowing out of the Console Wars to focus on innovation. The Original Xbox had been out for two years at the time and The Playstation 2 was nearing the end of its lifespan. Nintendo had nothing left to prove so…yeah.
The last Gen (Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360) marked the first time I owned all 3 current-gen consoles plus the handhelds (PSP and Nintendo DS) at the same time. I owned my Wii the longest (bought it 10 years ago April 27) though I’ve played Xbox 360 games more than the other two but on the flipside, I’ve used my PS3 more than the other two combined.
I’ll interject and say there is no “war” between Sony and Microsoft. Before both companies got into making consoles they were already established elecronics giants. Sony announced a few months ago they were consolidating their focus into their video games devision. Microsoft, which bought many high-profile but bankrupt video game companies early on is doing just fine despite the hardware problems the plagued the first two models of the Xbox 360.
This brings me to the longtime beef between Console Gamers and PC Gamers. PC Gamers like to say their platform is the best bcause unlike consoles, computers don’t have a set lifespan. Until about 5 years ago I’d have agreed with that statement. With all of the new operating systems and upgrades going on, nothing in the PC Gaming market is certain anymore. These days, it pays to have multiple gaming machines as some older games will not work on newer operating systems. What PC Gamers don’t understand is while some developers try make their games work on as many platforms as possible, PC Gaming is definitely not future proof. The aggressive DRM running rampant highlights this fact.
Console gaming, on the other hand doesn’t necessarily have these problems. Listen: Nintendo shut down online gaming for the Wii and Nintendo DS consoles two years ago. For those who want to enjoy a large chunk of Nintendo’s past and recent past, owning the original Wii is a great idea. The Wii has full hardware compatability with Gamecube games, controllers and memory cards–not seen since the Playstation 2 (backwards compatible with PS1 Memory Cards and Games). You can also download Virtual Console games from Nintendo’s first 3 consoles (NES, SNES and Nintendo 64) and most of Sega’s as well (Genesis, Sega CD and Saturn). Oh and of course you can play Wii games, too. Microsoft got on the bandwagon when they re-released Original Xbox Games digitally via Xbox Live and Xbox One. Sony followed soon after with the launch of The Playstation Network: One could buy digital copies of PS1, PS2 and PSP games on their PS3, PS4 and Vita consoles.
While it’s true console makers phase out support of a console once their new one is released, as long as you have the console and games for it, you can continue to enjoy it indefinitely. This plus the prices of the current-gen consoles are why I’ve yet to buy any of the current-gen consoles (PS4, Xbox One and Wii U) or the New Nintendo 3DS. Of the three, I can see myself buying a Wii U later this year, probably this Summer. The Deluxe bundles I’m looking at–Mario Kart 8 and Super Mario 3D World–have both fallen within the max I’m willing to spend on a new console: $350. I paid $250 for my PS3 3 years ago the day after Christmas. I paid the same amount for my Wii and Ambassador 3DS, $170 for the other 3DS, $200 for my Vita and $300 for my Xbox 360.
Even though I’m getting a Deluxe Wii U console I plan to buy an External Hard Drive to go with it anyway: As far as I’m aware, the Wii U is the only console that allows one to use all of the HDD’s storage once you format it. The 360 only lets you use up to 35GB from an External HDD or Thumb Drive. You can actually replace the PS3 HDD without voiding the warranty but that’s the internal HDD we’re talking about. Like I said the Wii U is the only one I’m aware of that lets you use all of storage. I’m going to buy the 2TB HDD I’m going to use with it (WOOT!) sometime next month.
…As for why I’m waiting to buy the console, I’m waiting until E3 to see if a Price Drop is announced. If none is made, I will hold off buying the Wii U until the Fall.