I've believed for some time that the Gamecube was not a part of the current/last generation of console wars...at least not after it had been on the market for a year. The decision to buy a Gamecube became a separate decision than that of buying a PS2 or an Xbox, as the Gamecube's best titles (which were fantastic) are not available on the PS2 or the Xbox, and the best titles on the PS2 or the Xbox never play quite as well on the Gamecube.
This should be the case for the next generation of consoles, as the Nintendo Wii will provide such a different gameplay experience, people will either want it or they won't (I think many will want it). The X360 and the PS3 should continue to duke it out in the console war, as the X360 and the PS3 will play the same games in the same way (for the most part). However, it looks as though Microsoft is trying to bring the Wii back into the console war, but in the form of an ally in the battle against Sony.
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In an interview with Reuters, Peter Moore, a Microsoft VP, stated, "Tell me why you would buy a $600 PS3? People are going to buy two (machines.) They're going to buy an Xbox and they're going to buy a Wii ... for the price of one PS3."
Two consoles for the price of one? Clever, Mr. Moore. Who doesn't love a deal? Of course, to get people to take the bait, they're going to have to be convinced they need the Wii. Moore, of course, knows this, so he continued with his Nintendo love, "People will always gravitate toward a competitively priced product -- like what I believe Wii will be -- with innovative new designs and great intellectual property like Mario, Zelda and Metroid."
Expect to see more Nintendo love from Microsoft as we approach the PS3 launch date, and expect Nintendo to love every moment of it.
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