Last night, a part of me died. It was almost as bad as the day I heard Sega was bowing out of the console business. Last night, I bought an Xbox. Being a Sega guy, the jump to Gamecube wasn't all that bad. Sonic games were being released on the system and there were some great underrated games (Gun, Second Sight, Freedom Fighters). I was never big on Zelda, or Mario Sunshine, but they existed and could be used as a backup. I loved the Xmen Legends games as well as the Spiderman games. And the holy grail of gamecube: smash bros melee-- many friends were made, but some were lost over the trash talking. Then one day my cube was stolen from my suite. Flash forward a year to senior year, Guitar Hero 2, my roommate buying a 360, and me getting a used wii (without wii sports). My suite would play halo 3 on the 360 all the time, and it was great, but i still loved my smash bros brawl even if the number of people playing it diminished to only 2. Flash forward a year, I'm out of college, and defending the wii. Sure it's not the graphic powerhouse of the 360 or the ps3, but it's got some good games right? Like... smash brothers! And... super mario galaxy! Yeah go nintendo. Way to rehash old games and a mascot from the 80s. If it ain't broke don't fix it right? Some developers were actually using the technology to create hardcore games like madworld, no more heroes, and the first person shooters. I bought them all, trying to support the hardcore market and hardcore games with actually innovative controls. Flash forward another year until now. Since then the conduit came and went (and was a great disappointment). Revenge of the fallen came out on all systems-- and was only worth playing on xbox/ps3. super mario bros came out... and didn't support online multiplayer, nor did it break the 9 mark on ign.com. I am tired of defending nintendo. I am tired of games that consistently score in the 7-8 range at best. i'm tired of attempts to port over games with little success (i'm looking at you CoD Resux). I'm tired of Nintendo rehashing old formulae, instead of giving 3rd parties the support they need. madworld, okami, and no more heroes and others are great games that utilize the wii remote fully-- but consistently fall short in either ratings, sales, or reviews. the xbox seems to have hit after hit: prince of persia, gta IV, batman, halo, call of duty... it makes me sick to list them all out. Last night, out of a rage that brought clarity in mind, I bought an xbox. No, I'm not turning my back on the wii... i'll save my money for red steel 2, the grinder, and whatever few-and-far-between goodies appear on the wii. but as i wait for wii 2 with HD graphics, tight motion controls, new ip and strong ports, i think i'll be playing xbox. And the sad thing is... Nintendo doesn't even care since their grip is so tight on the casual market. The appeal to the casual market is even starting to effect how they develop their new zelda game. The following was taken from Ign.com in an interview with a producer: "Aonuma said, 'We're taking advantage of MotionPlus. It's become very natural – the movement of your arms is precisely reflected in the gameplay. Thanks to the technological advancements, we hope the gameplay can be more accessible to people.'" There it is. Nintendo, you may be successful, but you've failed the true gamers' market. Nerd rage over.