Thats pricey for a machine that can't even play mariokart
No it isnt.
Chances are if I'm going to build a new machine, I'll go way further than that. My current one was... $1200, I think? If I do get a new one here at some point this year, good chance it'll be more expensive than that. Still, lists like that do help me get ideas as to what I want to do with it, so I'm probably going to hold onto those suggestions.
Besides, it's worth it, considering that I have more full games on this thing than the total selection of any one of the 3 consoles, and that's NOT counting the roms. That and it's the machine I use for *everything*, not just gaming. Since it has so much purpose in my case, I may as well go out.
I have about 5 or so games on the Wii U, and that number is not likely to go much higher anytime soon; all I'm after beyond that is the Mario platformers that I dont already have. I havent found anything else interesting beyond that. At least not yet. There's just no store around here that has a GOOD and FULL selection of what's currently out... the bloody Gamestops usually dedicate half of the thing's available display space for #(%&^ing Skylanders. UGH. Heck, if anyone has some decent suggestions, I'm all ears. But the real reason I bought the console was two things: 1, Monster Hunter, and 2, Smash. For THOSE games... worth it, as far as I'm concerned. I'll get about a bazillionty hours out of each of those. They are fantastic. Smash in particular.
The main problem with the computer bit though: Me and hardware do not mix. We dont get along very well. Me trying to put the horrid thing together on my own is likely to not end very well. I do software, not hardware. So I have to find someone around here to do it for me. Which got just a TAD irritating last time. So I end up really procrastinating a ton with stuff like this. It's even worse when something needs FIXING. "Fixing", to me, involves things like duct tape, hitting it with something, and alot of shouting. Needless to say, electronics are not fond of things like that. Right now, the audio card isnt working very well, for reasons that I havent bothered to find out, because argh. With winter raging, I dont have the patience at the moment. So... solution: The TV that sits next to the monitor is now the speakers for the thing, thanks to the HDMI port in the video card. So.... yeah. Solutions like THAT. It's just as ridiculous as it sounds. Works though.
While I dont use the consoles all that much, I'm glad I dont have to put up with that sort of crap with them. The Wii U is basically indestructible, and while I'm not sure yet about the PS4, the PS3 was very resistant to damage, so that thing is likely to be as well. So THAT is a nice change of pace.
Now if only I was better at NOT losing track of where the damn discs are....