My wife needs a $100 idea for my Birthday...25 days away BTW, I'm thinking of asking for a GC...BUT...
Anyone know how far off the next Nintendo system is??? I'm sure I'd love all of the SW, Mario, Metroid and Zelda goodness that I could play on the cube. But if it is like next year, I'll probably just ask for some Creed CD's
Well, despite some rumors a few weeks ago, there won't be any new home console from Nintendo in 2004, or we'd be hearing about it already.
This is just conjecture on my part, but I'm guessing that we'll see the next generation of consoles from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo in Fall 2005, two years from now.
There has traditionally been a five-year gap in between new consoles (for example, Nintendo released the Super Nintendo in the fall of 1991, and next released the Nintendo64 in the fall of 1996). Based on that, the PlayStation 2 debuted in the fall of 2000, which would mean that the new Sony system will be due in 2005 sometime.
And that's the tricky part--Microsoft and Nintendo both released their new systems a year later, in November, 2001, meaning that if you went by the usual five-year period, they wouldn't be due for new systems until 2006.
However, the PS2 jumped out to such a huge lead, since they were pretty much the only game in town for a year (except for the Sega Dreamcast, but that's another matter). Microsoft and Nintendo have basically trying to play catch-up ever since, fighting for #2 (bad luck comment deleted for now). Their fighting is basically why you're seeing really good deals on them, like the $100 GameCube with the Zelda compilation, or the $180 Xbox with two free games, while Sony is basically doing nothing at all, running their PS2 for $180 with no extras. They don't need to run any promotions--they're already plenty ahead.
I think it's pretty crucial for Microsoft and Nintendo to release their new systems alongside the new Sony system, in order to remain competitive. If they waited until 2006 to release, they'd be playing catch-up again, which would be especially harmful to Nintendo.
So, I think that's what's going to happen. I'm betting that we'll get the first official announcements next May at E3, and we'll see three new systems in September/October/November 2005.
All blah-bity-blah aside, I think that a GameCube plus four full Zelda games for $100 is a hell of a deal. The low price kind of betrays the strength of the system, in my opinion. It really is a good one, and a lot of the great games can be had on the cheap nowadays.
Pull the trigger, Scott. It's what another Scott--Mr. Stapp, to be precise--would want you to do.