I told myself I would never buy another system at launch when the N64 came out. I just never find the time to play. Heck, I only got my Xbox this year and it took me 2 or 3 months before I even opened it.
Anyway, I plan to have all three. Wii for all the Nintendo exclusives and cool neat unique games and the Xbox360 for games like GoW and PGR series. I did, however, ended up with a PS3 20GB just a few days ago. Nothing exciting to play until MGS4 though.
Personally, I hope the Wii knocks PS3 and XBOX360 on their asses! $500-$600+ for a console is ridiculous. They promise great things with new iterations of consoles, but in the end it's all the same crap with fancier eye candy.
Nintendo is the only innovator of the group. I wish them all the success and hope it knocks some sense into the others to do something different for a change.
Wii360 for me. 360 will take care of all the serious gaming needs, but where would I be without Mario Kart?
Stick to the basics. Make it simply a console that just works and has a simple interface for online play. Forget making it a HD-DVD/Blu-Ray movie player. The interface should be bare bones. I think Nintendo did it right. The 360 can't even play a small subset of XBOX games. That sucks.
Nintendo managed backward compatibility with no problems (or so I hear). I don't hate the PS3 or XBOX360, but I don't like the direction that they are taking the console world. Especially when you can get a very capable gaming PC for the same price as these consoles (after you factor in the cost of all the accessories).
I'm a nintendo fanboy, WIIIIIII ALLLL THEEE WAYYY
I agree that Nintendo has stood firm on their resolution to not make their console anything more than a gaming machine and that's pretty cool. I don't like using my 360 to play DVDs mainly because I don't want to put the motor through non-gaming stress in the interest of extending its lifetime...but since my standalone DVD player crapped out, it's nice to have this option on the 360.
I don't agree about getting a gaming computer that would be the same as an Xbox 360, though. Computers get bogged down and are too susceptible these days to various type of malware and viruses. I prefer gaming on a console built for gaming - this would include any standalone console like the Xbox or Wii. I find that I kept having to buy too many upgrades to keep my computer up to speed with the newest gaming technology and it wasn't worth the investment in the end when I had more fun playing Rogue Squadron on my Gamecube or Doom 3 on my Xbox 360. Just a personal preference, of course. Oh yeah, and my 360 really doesn't freeze up like a PC - maybe your experience is with a faulty unit?