First, you incorrectly assume I'm a PS3 fan. I'm not. I own and love my Wii and have no intention of getting a PS3 in the foreseeable future. Not because I don't believe in the system, I just think it's overpriced for my needs and am worried about the 1st gen's longevity mostly due to the fact that I'm worried about it overheating due to it's huge heat pipes and the location it would fit in my entertainment center already having too much heat as it is.Originally Posted by Kamikaze
Secondly, yes, the Gamecube is a step down, that's why it's so cheap. If it weren't a step down it would garner a higher price. The gamecube was nothing special and it's lackluster sales over it's lifetime reflect that. The PS2 has a much larger mindshare and base of games and has a much larger selection of games to appeal to most any person in the market. My original point was that if you look at the sales figures of all the consoles you'd see the biggest selling consoles over the Christmas season were the DS and the PS2. That's not used PS2s but new ones. If the only way people could get new systems that could play "Play Station" brand games were a PS3 then those people would be required to buy a PS3 to do so.
Third "who would purchase an 600 dollar system for an 11 year old?" Plenty. There is a reason so much marketing is aimed to children. As much as you would like to believe that there aren't a lot of people buying young kids expensive toys it's simply not true. Perhaps where you live it's not a common occurrence, but there are plenty of locations in the US where it is.