I am like many a Nintendo fanboy. We've been waiting for what feels like years for Wii, and more importently Zelda to arrive into our palms. Even if NOE's release sqedule screws us over yet again. Or we won't get as many "serious" developers making epic games (unless Nintendo wins more market share).
As long as we have our usual Mario, Pokemon, Metroid and whatnot, we're as happy as the Halo/MGS weirdos.
I bought a 360 in January (repaired twice, this third one will be repaired shortly). Not just out of my boredom of nothing coming out in Nintendo Land of console gaming (note the word console, not handheld) and Zelda being delayed till God knows when.
The 360 had several things that intrested me. Besides the "hope" that Rare might release something as magical as they used to (but PDZ and Kameo turned out "ok") the real excitement was this Live bussiness.
Dreamcast was a joy to play online, so to imagine that at the hands of Mr All-Controlling Internet Company Folk was an envy while I stared at Street Fighter 3 on Xbox while the only 2D fighter on Gamecube was Capcom Vs SNK 2 EO. That didn't turn out too well.
Live Arcade. Achievements. CONSTANT releases of quality games. Real (or at least pretend) involvement from Microsoft that makes you feel safe (with thier support and interviews being much more open). All this suprise came after I bought 360.
In short the 360 has given for me at least, a great year of gaming.
Here's the problem.
Wii, besides Zelda has nothing bang on at release. Now, Zelda is the defining joy of gaming of course. So special is Zelda that heck, it would be worth getting even if Wii were £599 (hoho).
But logically, its not. The game is a GC port, while the real Wii titles are months away with Mario, Metroid and whatnot. This is not to say I wouldn't have fun with Rayman 4 or Monkey Ball. In concept (and screenshots) they look great. Just not, you know...compared to...
The 360 Winter Line-Up-Me-Doo:
I could fit all of those, plus Enchanted Arms, for the same(similer) price all the Wii stuff would cost.
Are any one of those games going to be as memorable as a brand spanking new Zelda? Probably not. But I sure as hell would be getting alot more for my money.
So while I've usually been an impulse buyer, it's made me think "what if I wait for Wii, and get my 360 stuff?". I'd say by next christmas Wii will have all the essentials out of the door. We'll see the long-term reaction once Zelda is done and dusted, if Nintendo and indeed 3rd parties can make use of the controls, and all that stuff.
But I'm just having a hard time choosing. Wii, or 360 stuff. It's driving me nuts.
All I do know is, it's a great period to be a gamer.