Hi guys, I currently am a console gamer and know that it's inevitable that I make the jump to pc gaming, if only because it seems likely that the current generation of consoles will be the last. That's also not mentioning how both the Xbone and Ps4 have no games that aren't re-releases that I'd want currently. I just have a few questions about gaming (both console and pc) in general.
First off, what do people think Nintendo will do next-gen (assuming this gen is the last)? I'd like to imagine that they would also quit making systems, as I've always had a love-hate relationship with their systems: there were like maaybe 5 games I'd want (all first party stuff) and the rest of the console is terrible with its complete lack of third party games, completely under-powered etc, but those 3-5 games are so good that I still end up getting the system anyways. Now the other consoles also only have like 5 exclusives at most that are worth playing, but they still get "good enough" versions of multi-plats that pad out their library. But I read somewhere that Nintendo is a very stubborn company (some kind of sign that they're Japanese?) and would just quit the business altogether instead of only selling software. Considering that they don't really seem to even try to compete with the other consoles in terms of offering similar features etc, do you think they're still make consoles indefinitely? Or maybe just stick to handhelds, since they have a huuuuuge monopoly there and still sell a ton of them?
Second, I don't know if I should get a pc this gen or wait and see until next gen, barring a huge influx of money/time etc. I don't play online, and only play single player games that have a storyline or some kind of progression. For example, when I play GTA games or Fallout 3 I don't spend any time at all just messing around outside of missions/quests to see what's possible. I also am not into the PC-only genres like RTS or simulators. I like "indie and/or retro style" games, but not so much that they are a selling point for me.
I also need to mention that my brother has bought both a Ps4 and an Xbone, and we both live at home currently, so for now the price of consoles really doesn't factor in since I can just buy the games for both systems I'd want.
Currently I have a "toaster" laptop that can play games from the ps2 era or earlier, and I've played a few like the first two Fallouts, Deus Ex, and the first two Max Payne games. I also run an emulator and like to play games mainly from the DS and older handhelds like Pokemon and some jrpgs. I also just got a mac mini, but only to run Logic and to do music-related things, and I wanted Mac's reliability for that reason. I also have bought quite a few games in the steam sale this year, since there's too many deals too good to pass up, but I have no problems waiting to play them until I get a PC.
Lastly, growing up I LOVED and still love "adventure" games, but not the genre LucasArts is known for. I'm talking about all the classic Zelda, Metroid, and Rareware games, and games that Naughty Dog was known for before Uncharted. Not necessarily platformers, but the closest I can think of is to think of the whole JRPG, "Grand adventure" feel, but without the rpg elements such as leveling up and turn based battles. I don't consider getting more health like how Zelda or Metroid does it, or how their equipment upgrades to count against them though. Does the PC have any games like this, or games that are on the horizon? I know of that "Hat" game coming out, and it looks great, but that's all I can think of. PC definitely seems to go for either the isometric-style or first person route for single player games though.
Actually when I think about it, I think my question comes down to this: most of my spending $$ goes towards music stuff, as that is my passion and I am trying to make a career out of it, so it takes me a little longer than most to have the money for gaming. Should I buy a gaming pc first or get a Wii U and hold off on the PC for now? Let me say that I am a patient gamer who just beat Fallout 3 last year and has a ton of games last gen and even older I haven't gotten around to yet but plan on it, so playing new games ASAP isn't a concern of mine.