For Christmas 2006, what should a family (girl 11, boy 7) new to home game systems plan to purchase?

Sony? Nintendo? Xbox? Stay w/PC (Microsoft XP)? Want something with longevity, reliability, ease of use, and large catalog of games (hopefully more family friendly options than a "HALO" etc.). We currently have no existing investment in "home entertainment" other than basic PC games or DVD movies, so options are hopefully open for us. Where on the web can I find good comparisons, reviews or other evaluations? Any supporting info on why you recommend what you do (cost, ease of use, versatility, game library, etc.) would add to the value of your answer!!

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  • C-Man
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Nintendo has largest number of games that target younger children and family-friendly titles (dancing, music etc) The Gamecube is a good system and has excellent titles like the Super Mario and Zelda series, but it's been out for several years now. The Nintendo Wii is their next-generation system (not even released yet, a hot item this holiday season), so I'd recommend you consider that platform, from a longevity standpoint.

    Generally, the Xbox (and 360) system caters to an older crowd- teens and adult gamers. So you get will be plenty of HALO, Call of Duty, Madden Football, Fight Night Boxing, and Project Gotham Racing types of games.

    The PS2 should not be talked about in terms of current-gen systems, it's the elder statesman of game consoles. It has the biggest game library by far (largely because of the original Playstation games it supports) but it's the oldest hardware platform by a mile. It's older than the original Xbox, which has already been replaced by the Xbox 360. The PS3, Wii and 360 are your new, next-generation console choices.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Considering thier ages...PC would be the best bet, XBOX really caters to games with great graphics and gore. PS2 is a little better because I think it has more options for the younger crowd. I personally favor gamecube...it has a GREAT selection of games for their age...some are hard and some are eaasy. I also recently got the nintendo DS lite...It's great also, but still new and slightly expensive. UNfortunately, all three home consoles have or will release new systems so I don't know what to tell you about that. Howeverm that does make the origional system cheaper. If you want to save money, you could always buy them each a gameboy advance...this way they won;t fight over the system. Finally, things like harry potter and other games do come to pc so investing in another system would be a great idea. Hope I helped!

  • I own all three systems but Im an XBOX fan so I would say xbox but the kids are a little young for most of the xbox titles. Gamecube doesnt have as big a game library as ps2 or xbox but is more kid friendly gamewise. ps2 lands somewhere in the center but still has a lot of mature titles. Go with a gamecube.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I'd go with the gamecube. Lots of variety in games. Very kid-friendly (c'mon now they made a hello kitty game for it even!) haha. But my little brothers (6 & 11) love playing the gamecube. Plus it's cheaper then some of the new systems coming out.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If your new to video games, I'd say go with the Nintendo Gamecube. I have an Xbox, Ps2, and Gamecube, and i think Gamecube is the easiest to use, and it has the most kid friendly games out there.

  • 1 decade ago

    Ask your kids, im sure your boy played some sort of game system at a friends house in the past.

    Good luck!

    Gamecube - more for kids

    Xbox - More for Adults, and the controllers are fricking huge (the default ones) so it might be hard for the smaller kids to use them.

    PS2 - All around, my pick.

  • 1 decade ago

    Well my kids are 14 girl, 10 girl, 7 girl and 6 boy, they started on the first playstation about 4 yrs ago and used it till it broke, then their uncle got a game cube and gave them his Nintendo 64 about 2 yrs ago and my son still has this in his room and plays it, i got an xbox (regular one) for x-mas and my kids all play it more than i do they love it, we dont have awhole lot of games but they love Crash has many different kinds also we have the classics witch have pac-man ect. we have tony hawks not sure wich one, and a bunch of car games. On the nintendo my son loves Poke-mon.

    Good luck.

  • 1 decade ago

    i would have to say if your looking for a system with family friendly games it would have to be the gamecube! we have had ours for years and my kids and i love it! my children are 12 and 5 and the gamecube has games for every age! if your looking for a system with a huge catalog of games then you might want to go with the PS2! they also have games made for young kids and for teens and adults! i hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Long live Gamers!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    nintendo wii 150 to 250$ then go to ps3 but the ps3 will be in a very high price like 500 to 600$

  • 1 decade ago

    well my kids have a gamecube,nintento 64, and a playstation 2 and they love to gamecube the most. I have a boy9,boy5, girl 6and at there age they love it. my personal fav is ps2. i think the gamecube is real kid friendly.rember whenever you buy games look at the ratings for age groups and you won't go wrong. good luck.

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