RE: I noticed that sega does not put out there consoles for that long
Thats because unfortunately no1 bouht the console I mentioned, and Sega made massive losses. Their successful consoles, the Megadrive/Genesis and MasterSystem 2 were supported for many years. (In Europe 7 years and 9 years
Re: Can anyone finally provide me with enough evidence to make me want a GC too?!
Umm I'm not a Zealot, I don't care if you buy one or not, but from my humble perspective...
A Gamecube with Mario Sunshine only costs around £150 which for many people is less than the cost of upgrading their pc to reach the same kinda performance levels. Plus PC gaming fills up your hard-drive very quickly, and often PC versions of games don't take full advantage of your PC as the manufacturers want them to be comatible with low spec machines too, to increase sales. Plus unless you are using TV out you can realistically run the games on a much bigger screen.
I'm not saying the PC games market is bad, its just different. Consoles provide a much easier, more efficient and more reliable platform for quick arcade style games, and the PC is more suited to FPS (cos of the keyb/mouse combo) RTS, Business sim, Mod-able games, Online gaming etc.
Plus the Gamecube is probably the best console to own as well as a PC because it has many high quality EXCLUSIVE games through Miyamoto. As you've said you can run them on a REALLY hispec PC through Emulation, but thats illegal if u don't own the hardware anyway.
If you play Metroid or Zelda I think you might fall head over heals for them
Mario Sunshine would be essential if it wasn't for Mario64 being incredible if you play it emulated in hi-res on PC
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