Fortress of Narzod drove me to buy a Vextrex.
The reason I bought most consoles were because of a single game.
For the Nintendo 64 it was Super Mario 64, for the Sega Saturn it was Panzer Dragoon, and for the PlayStation 3 it was LittleBigPlanet.
Oddly I got my PlayStation 2 purely based off the hype of the console in general, the first game I remember playing on that was Extreme-G 3... :p
In my youth, yeah. Final Fantasy 7 and Halo persuaded me to buy in on the PSOne and Xbox respectively.
Now? Not really.
If I buy a system early in its life, it's because the last iteration brought me lots of enjoyment, and there's no real reason to expect a change for the worse. (PS2/3, Xbox 360)
If I buy a system later on, it's because the library of games amassed since I initially passed up on it is great. (N64)
I wanted to buy a Xbox 360 because of it's "amazing multiplayer" as my friends said. Then I started to talk to other people and I ended up finding out it's not that much better. Not good enough to buy it when I already have a Ps3. I love the Ps3 exclusive games so far. For some reason the 360 games never struck out at me to try and play them. Then again I don't keep up with what's coming out and what not like a I do with Ps3.
I got my Vita for Persona 4 Golden the day it came out. I convinced myself I really wanted to play it. I got about 10 or so hours in and have not touched it since. I have recently been telling myself to upgrade my 3DS to an XL because I know that if I had the bigger screen I would enjoy the 3DS despite having never played the 3DS I have had now for a little over a year. The main game that makes me want to do so is the Fire Emblem game and Pokemon later this year. I just can't justify doing it however as money is tight and deep down I know it will end up like the Vita story above. Plus I'm holding out for a purple 3DSXL as I hate the red/blue they have now. I got my fingers crossed that at this E3 they might drop the price or at least announce a new line of colours. GOD DAM IT NINTENDO MAKE A PURPLE 3DSXL!
I got an original Xbox the weekend after Halo 2 came out because all I could do was pace in my room thinking of all the fun everyone else seemed to be having.
On the other end of the scale I bought a Vita and 3DS for no reason. I've since found some games that might justify their purchases, but not really. I still wonder why I bought em.
Not as of yet. Well, the first time I actually put some money into upgrading my PC was for Oblivion, so maybe that counts? I am planning on buying a 3DS (not sure which one as I don't know if the XL is worth the extra money) for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and I guess Monster Hunter 4 if it is released in NA. I just really want to play Monster Hunter. It's a series that I've always wanted to get into, but I never actually picked up any of the previous entries.
I bought my 360 so I could pick up a lawnmower in Dead Rising and place it on a zombie! I regret nothing! (Well, except for the part where the 360 died the first week, oddly enough not a RROD though, some sort of harddrive failure and I had to do the Zombie Genocider a second time to unlock the megabuster because they couldn't save my saves :( that kind of sucked)
I did really enjoy that game though.
Dreamcast - Shenmue
XBOX - Shenmue II
PS2 - Grand Theft Auto III
PSP - Final Fantasy: Crisis Core. (I sold my PSP shortly after finishing it, too).
PS3 - FFX HD. (Yes, an old game was the final kick in the tush for me to buy a seventh gen console; and I'm still waiting for it. =P).
GBC - Pokemon Yellow; GBA - Pokemon Sapphire/Ruby; DS - Pokemon Diamond/Pearl. (Valuable franchise, eh?).
I actually bought my Wii U because of ZombiU. Sadly, I've yet to continue playing that game, or any game on my Wii U...
But yes, typically first party games are what makes me buy my consoles.
I pretty much bought a 360 for Oblivion since my computer STILL can't run it.
Yeah, I still have the same computer.
This is actually when I decided to go full on as a console gamer... but unlike you, that computer has long since died xD
MGS4 got me to buy a PS3 which, ironically, I never played while I had the PS3 even though I had the system and game the whole time. I played Future Tools of Destruction, Infamous, and about 2 hours of the Chinese import of Demon Souls and a couple PSN games before I mothballed it and later traded it in. Still have my sealed LE of MGS4 and the hardback LE strategy guide for whenever I get the urge.
I think MGS was originally the game that finally got me to buy a PS1 as well, come to think of it. I've been kicking myself for not getting the Vita deal from Amazon on Black Friday for Persona and Dragon's Crown but I don't know I'd play much else on it.
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