As I mentioned last week, I am in a gaming funk. I think I am worn out on FPS Shooters, 3D Adventure games, and just about any game that requires you to move with the left analog stick and aim with the right. I need a change.
So, I am considering buying either a Wii or a DS.
As Gabe will tell you, I love Nintendo. Which is why it boggles my mind that I don't already own both these systems. Nintendo is my favorite developer. I consider Shigeru Miyamoto to be an absolute genius and I feel confident purchasing any game he creates without even seeing a screenshot first. And yet I have been gaming sans-Nintendo since the last time I fired up my Gamecube about 5 years ago. How'd that happen?
I probably got swept up in the technological aspects of this "new" generation. I was dumbfounded when Nintendo released the specs for the Wii. It seemed more like the Gamecube 1.5. Worst of all, I was just getting in the wonderful world of high-definition and the fact that the Wii would only output 480p video seemed ridiculous (I still think Nintendo dropped the ball by not having HD video output for the Wii. Fine, it won't be pushing millions of bump-mapped polygons, but everything looks better in HD!). And then of course, there was the controller. In hindsight, Nintendo knew what they were doing, but c'mon, you know that the first time you saw the Wiimote you thought Nintendo had lost it. I know I sure did.
So, even though I knew the Wii was the only place I could continue my Mario and Link adventures, I allocated my gaming funds to my 360 and PS3, both of which could feed my corneas the HD goodness they were craving.
The DS was never really an option for me. Prior to the PSP, the only other handheld I owned was the very first gameboy. Handheld gaming was not something I did much of.
But fast forward to today and that DS is looking pretty sweet. It can offer two things I am looking for, Nintendo games and something completely different from what I am getting now. The Wii also offers that, but for some reason, I am really leaning towards the DS. I already have a list of DS titles that I would love to play.
I'm going to hold off for now. I have some credit card bills to pay off first (that iMac wasn't free!) but once I am done, I definitely see myself finally getting some Nintendo back in my life.