Sep 21 2008
Another round of price drops and SKU reshuffles and the Big 3 take their places for your christmas present dollar. Microsoft dropped the price of the 360, making their online-favourite cheaper than the Wii. Nintendo continues to attract ‘non-gamers’ with the lure of good, clean fun. Sony is going for the media-centre jugular with a massive 160Gb hard drive, Blu-Ray and wireless, all the while beavering away on their great, white, online hope – Home.
So which one should you get? As usual it depends…
The old lure of first-party properties, games developed by the hardware manufacturers, is practically gone. Bungie’s departure has not yet been felt because they remain MS-exclusive but Square-Enix’s recent defection to the 360 was more keenly felt by Sony, as the Final Fantasy series had been a Playstation flagship. Nintendo remain the strongest in this area, with the fan-favourite trinity - Mario, Zelda and Metroid – still exclusive. Ironically, Nintendo is also the least dependent on them.