Lessons from N64 and PS2
Friday, December 01, 2006
Captain's Log Supplemental Stardate -317917.52
All next-generation video game consoles are out and stateside people are either rioting or shooting each other just to get their hands on those gaming systems. If these systems are to be released 7 years ago, I would have camped out of Target just to get a Nintendo Wii and even a PlayStation 3. But there were lessons learned on my Nintendo 64 and PlayStation 2. Being an early adopter is not good.
Super Mario in 3D! Seeing the first screen shots of Super Mario in 3D have caused countless drool drops on my magazines so when the system actually launched, I bought it right away. Mario 3D. Period. A few months later, more games became available and only then I've realized that the game cartridges were priced way higher than its Sony Playstation and Sega Saturn counterparts. Each game cartridge were priced at Php4,000 to Php6,000 each! Since then, I was only able to purchase three games for the system. Super Mario 64, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Three. Imagine that? THREE!
PlayStation 2 was released on a SRP of $299.99 in the USA, and since the gamer inside me can't wait, I bought a PlayStation 2 for Php 29,000+ !! That's about $590+ or almost the same price of a premium bundle PlayStation 3! An original copy of Devil May Cry was included in the package but no memory card. Php 29,000 HAGSYUASUIRA&I%*#@9&*^(% Since then, I've bought about 5 original PS2 games and 20+.. ehem... games :~)
Yes, being an early adopter can help boost your pogi points for being the first
loser owner of a shiny new PlayStation 3 in your neighborhood. But since these systems have just launched, only a few games are currently available. So you might be staring at an uber expensive gaming system while you wait for developers to finish their games. The Nintendo Wii launch had mii me drooling again. I've been watching all Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess trailers available and was close on ordering Wii online. But common sense popped. I could play Twilight Princess on a GameCube in December. So instead of buying overpriced Nintendo Wiis on eBay, I've forged a deal with my friend Glen and agreed to buy his Nintendo GameCube for Php 6,500. Not bad since he'll throw in 7 original games and an official Nintendo bag plus an additional controller and memory card.
You see, waiting is good. I've waited too long for a GameCube, and it was worth the wait. Now time to wait for another 5-6years for a PS3 and Wii :~)
Current Prices of 7th Generation Video Game Consoles:
Basic - $499.99 (Php 48,000 on Data Blitz)
Premium - $599.99
Nintendo Wii - $249.00
Core - $299.99 (Php 15,000+ on most stores)
Premium - $399.99
*Computer end log*
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