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#359151 11/23/11 04:44 PM
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My brother and sister-in-law are going to break down and buy their boys (ages 6 & 9) a game system. They were going to buy a Wii, but a friend suggested they look at other options too. So, if you were to buy a new game system, which one would you choose and why?


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sonicfox #359152 11/23/11 04:51 PM
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Next generation systems will be coming out soon, I'm under the impression Microsoft and Nintendo will be pushing something out next year. The game development on the 360 and PS3 is more mature content, suited for hardcore gamers, while the game development on the Wii is suited for children and casual gamers. However you can get the 360 and kinect and get best of both worlds. Sony and Nintendo also have portable, handheld gaming systems which might be something to look into. So IMO I would get the 360 slim and kinect bundle. Kinect is controller free motion sensing gaming. The kids would love it and they can play the standard xbox 360 system as well.

To be honest I really like tablet gaming either on android or iOS. It's very addicting and there is a ton of developer support on either platform. Not to mention a lot of cheap and free games.


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BlueJays1 #359153 11/23/11 05:13 PM
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All the above is good info. I'll add to that this that 360 and PS3 gamers are statistically repeat game buyers. Repeat Wii game sales are very low and users tend to only buy one or two titles after the initial console purchase.

It is very likely safe to say that this indicates that PS3s and 360s have much more long term play-ability (enjoyment) built into them and that there are likely a lot more Wii systems gathering dust.

Edit: My only other comments.
PS3 = BluRay player if that is important.
360 = in many cases it seems to be the multi-player console of choice, and Kinect


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Murph #359157 11/23/11 06:19 PM
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My 6 year old boy loves the Wii and, in particular, the game "Scooby Doo: First Frights". It has provided hours upon hours of entertainment and has good replay value (e.g. you're not bored after you've solved the game once).

There are lots of bargain games for the Wii, and lots of animation movie-themed games.


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medic8r #359159 11/23/11 06:55 PM
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Just to throw my $.02 in, my 7 year old son loves the Wii console/games as well. It seems that all his buddies have Wii games so when they get together the video games are all on the same platform.

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medic8r #359160 11/23/11 06:57 PM
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We have both PS3 and Wii systems in my house. My 8 year old son plays both, but he prefers the PS3 in general due to game variety. That could also be because the PS3 is in the HT with the Axioms too! grin

However my daughters who are 4 and 10 pretty much only play the Wii - they are not gamers like my son is. Of course the 4 year old is happy just pretending to play - we give her a controller that's not connected and she thinks she's playing! The ruse usually lasts long enough for her to decide she wants to do something else.

So to try and help - if they really like video games? Go with XBox or PS3. Casual play or family fun? Wii is probably a better choice.


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cb919 #359162 11/23/11 07:12 PM
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What if you're 60, and stopped playing when the Super Nintendo stopped being the most popular machine? I enjoyed the old Infocom text games and the Myst series. I hate the 1st person shooter type of games like "Call of Duty" whatever. I think the old adventure games are some of the best. I go to Target and look at the PC games available. Nothing even looks good. I think the last game I bought was some sort of adventure type of game, but it turned out to be a real bore after a few minutes. Oh well. Back to the fridge for another beer.

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CatBrat #359163 11/23/11 07:18 PM
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My kids (6 and 9) still love the Wii. Most elementary-aged kids prefer the Wii since the games are more kid-oriented. Yeah, there's more future growth in PS3 and Xbox (Kinect would be preferred) but then your kids won't be as intrigued now.

Also, bear in mind where you are getting games. If you want to swap w/ friends/family, get a system similar to theirs so you can trade/borrow. If you rent (Blockbuster/Gamefly/Netflix) then figure out which has a better library of games to use.

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CatBrat #359165 11/23/11 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted By: CatBrat
What if you're 60, and stopped playing when the Super Nintendo stopped being the most popular machine? I enjoyed the old Infocom text games and the Myst series. I hate the 1st person shooter type of games like "Call of Duty" whatever. I think the old adventure games are some of the best. I go to Target and look at the PC games available. Nothing even looks good. I think the last game I bought was some sort of adventure type of game, but it turned out to be a real bore after a few minutes. Oh well. Back to the fridge for another beer.


Get a tablet. It is casual and short gaming sessions at its finest. There are free game apps that will keep you occupied for months. Not to mention lots of decent games that only cost a few bucks.


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BlueJays1 #359166 11/23/11 07:34 PM
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My kids are 7 and 10 and they barely play the Wii anymore. I would go with the 360 or the PS3, those systems will have more longevity as the kids grow.


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