& PS2: Great Bedfellows?
Written By: Josh
PS2 has what Nintendon't, to be sure. But let us not forget
that Nintendon't have a lot of the excess that Sony's systems are
Since you can only play Nintendo's marquee titles on their systems,
their fans have little choice of which system to buy. On the
other hand, if you are a glutton for an overabundance of variety,
the system for you is PS2. Such is
the dilemma I faced, until I realized that I had enough money for
both systems. Out of all the two-system combinations of the
big three you could have, I find the GameCube and PS2 to be the most
harmonious. Why not Xbox? I have not seen anything on
Xbox yet that made me think: "I MUST play this!"
Having a PS2 already, I decided to invite a GameCube to join the
nest of game systems next to my TV.
of all, lets talk about the PS2. It's a great system so far.
Not only has it dominated the sales for the big three new console
systems, it also has the largest selection of exciting current and
upcoming games. On the hardware side, they also have a sturdy
system; a DVD player included, a great controller with a nice long
cord, and is the first system to go online. Not bad if you ask
me. Still, not good enough. The temptress that is
Nintendo gives me a small taste of GameCube in playing short demos
at Best Buy and a few games at friends' places.
this corner, we have the GameCube. The Cube has some of the
most unique titles around. As always, Nintendo promises
quality over quantity so we don't see the same rush of games that
PS2 has bombarding the market. What we have seen so far is a
few great trips down memory lane (Super Mario Sunshine,
Resident Evil, Super Smash Brothers Melee) and some truly unique
experiences (Animal Crossing, Pikmin). The Cube is also a
nice, compact system. Nintendo's standard setting four
controller ports from the Nintendo 64 are carried
over to the Cube, along with another great controller.
like peanut butter and jelly before them, the GameCube and PS2 work
well together in spite of their very different tastes. I love
both tastes, and here is why. The PS2 has nearly every genre
represented, and represented
well, except for the NGTR (Nintendo Games That Rock) genre.
GameCube does not have extensive online support, PS2 does.
Sony has a built in DVD player for the PS2, Nintendo focuses
strictly on games. The list goes on and on, but you can see
that wherever one is lacking the other takes over. That makes
for a great sandwich. Tasty!
was able to tolerate having only a PS2 until one game: Metroid
Prime. Why is it that when Nintendo starts to hype a game
I am initially impressed, slowly digress, then finally am distressed
because I can't get my hands on a