This holiday season marks the latest iteration in the Game Console wars. <a href='http://www.microsoft.com/'>Microsoft</a> has already released the second generation of their game system, the Xbox 360 and Sony is going to release the Play Station 3 in North America tomorrow. The grand daddy of the gaming system world is Nintendo and they are also set to release their latest console the Wii on Sunday.
The interesting thing about all of this is that the Wii is the least powered, least featured of the three, but is likely to be a big winner anyways. This is in part because it is the cheapest, but probably more importantly, they are trying to have the best game play rather than the best graphics.
Nintendo has long been known for having fun games and have had some of the most successful game franchises of all time including Mario, Donkey Kong, and Zelda. One of the interesting features of the Wii is that they are going make classic Nintendo games from the original Nintendo Entertainment System, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and the Nintendo 64 at $5, $8, and $10 respectively.
If you are under 35, you probably already know most of this, my older audience probably doesn't. What everyone doesn't know is why Kate and I won't get one even though we and the baby want one.
Basically Kate won't let me get it. She says something about needing money for a baby and mixing Wiis with young children might aggravate sleep deprivation and child neglect. When I asked the (as yet unborn) baby to kick if she wanted a Wii, she obliged.
I guess the child and I will have to work on wearing Kate down :)