The One Console Problem

One console. Let that sink in for a minute.

One console, alone, forsaking all others, till a red ring of death or overheating or faulty optical drive do you part.

Most people who would identify as gamers have difficulty with just one console, or even just one device, in fact the very definition usually involves owning all the consoles, all the devices. "You call yourself a gamer and you don't have a (insert name of thing that you don't have)?!"

So it is with some trepidation that I write these following words: I only have one console. And it's a Wii.

Soon, I will have two video game consoles, but since it is going to be a Wii U, it's more or less the same as just having one.

As I wrote elsewhere, I did manage to acquire a healthy number of Wii games, enough to say that I definitely got my money's worth out of that system. But there were a great deal of games that just didn't make it on the Wii that I really wanted to play.

And that's where the PC came in.

The first thing I did when I built my gaming PC was get on Steam and buy Dirt 2, GRID, and Street Fighter IV. I wanted driving games, and good graphics. I wanted to throw fireballs and spinning bird kicks.

Later I discovered Civilization IV, and then Civ V. Elder Scrolls Oblivion. F1 2011. Mass Effect 1 and 2. Portal. Dragon Age: Origins. L.A. Noire. The Witcher 2. Diablo III. Skyrim.

All these games with no hope of being on the Wii. But there on the PC, in glorious 1920 x 1080, these amazing games were just waiting to be downloaded and played.

If I only had the Wii, I would have missed out on a big segment of what was going on in games. But if I didn't have the Wii, I would have missed out on all those wonderful Nintendo moments of fun.

No Mario Kart, no Zelda, no Super Smash Bros. Brawl. I wouldn't have experienced the thrill of Monster Hunter Tri, or been challenged to work out more with Wii Fit. Mario Party, even. All games that were exclusively Wii.

Is a Wii U paired with PC the perfect combination? It depends on who you are. If you're a family with younger children, it probably is. Nintendo first party titles appeal to the whole family, while everything else, if it's not on the Wii U, will probably be on PC.

Will you miss out? Sure. Personally I'm sad that I won't get to play Ni No Kuni, or Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster for Kinect (no seriously, that game looks awesome). No Halo 4, or Gran Turismo. There will be exclusive 360 and PS3 titles that you won't get to play, and I'm just as sure there will be next-gen exclusives that you will not experience if you only have a Wii U and PC. But on the whole, you're going to have 85%* of gaming covered. Or something.

I think I've dodged the question here. If I only had to choose one console, I don't think I could.

* I just made that number up, obviously.

Posted on October 25, 2012 and filed under Article.