Back in the days of yore at launch time (2001/2002), I couldn't afford any console because of I didn't have a job and was only a meager secondary school student. The console I would have gotten would have been a GameCube if I had the money because it was the cheapest, $400 as opposed to $700 for the PS2 and $900 for the X-box ($AUD). Secondly, it was the titles, I heard it would have some great games like Rogue Leader, and the Resident Evil series, even though I had not played any then I was still excited about them (the GameCube nut at my school got REmake and invited me over to play it with him sometime, I did and I didn't sleep for a few nights after that).
The time to buy a GameCube for me came towards the end of 2004, in October/November, in commemoration of finishing the TEE and getting my job, I decided to buy a GameCube, seeing as they were only $120 ($AUD) from Toys 'R' Us. I bought about four games that day too, and a 59-block memory card
Ultimately, if the GameCube didn't have its solid exclusive titles, like F-Zero, Super Smash Bros, Mario/Mario Kart and Metroid (I have finally become a Metroid Convert thanks to Prime Hunters ) I probably would not have gotten it.