Good Starter Sets For PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii: The First Time Buyer's Guide

Good Starter Sets For PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii: The First Time Buyer's Guide

By Stephen Johnson - Posted Nov 19, 2010

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Believe it or not, there are still some people out there who don't own a video game console, or three. If you have to buy a Ramadan gift for one of these heathens, we have you covered. Below are starter kits for the three major consoles -- Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii --as well as a suggestion for a gamer who wants to get into PC gaming.

Nintendo Wii

Red Wii

Red Wii Bundle

This 25th anniversary commemorative Wii is a very basic Wii starter kit that’s perfect for a kid and/or a family. Everyone will be into playing Wii Sports, but when the novelty of that mini-game collection wears out, the inclusion of Super Mario Bros. Wii will give some much needed depth to the gaming experience. Plus, it’s red. Red, I tell you!

Wii Fitness Bundle

Wii Ultra Fitness Bundle

This is the ultimate Wii collection for a holiday workout Nazi, or a fatty making New Year’s resolutions. It contains everything you would ever need to be fit, including the Wii itself, Wii Fit Plus, a balance board (or fat mat, as I call it), Active Outdoor Challenge, and another floor pad. Seriously, if your giftee doesn’t get fit after owning this for six months, he’ll have nothing to blame but his own lack of willpower..

Xbox 360

 250GB Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle Announced

250GB 360 with Kinect bundle

This 360 bundle is perfect for any family. The Kinect (with Kinect Adventure) will be fun for younger kids and parents, where the slate of “core” 360 games that have come out over the last half decade or so will make the teenagers happy. Plus, there’s a ton of space on this huge hard drive for movies, music, and downloadable games. You can’t go wrong with this one.

4GB 360

4GB 360: With full slate of last years games

For the bargain hunters out there, if you’re giving out a system, buy a cheap ($199) Xbox and pack it up with five or six of last year's games. You’ll be able to pick up the titles for a song – many will be priced at less than half the original price.

PlayStation 3

PS3 Move Bundle

PS3 320 GB Bundle with Move

This is the Sony system you should buy for a just-starting-out gamer. Not only does it contain one of the new Move controllers and Sports Champion, it also has a huge hard drive for media of all kinds. You might want to throw in a copy of a PS3 exclusive game like Resistance 2 just to sweeten the deal.


Cinema Lover Bundle

Here’s what to do if you’re in love with a man or woman who likes movies: Buy him or her a 160 GB PlayStation 3, and a copy of the following movies on Blu-ray:

I promise you will be married by New Years Eve.

PC Gaming

Alienware MX11

Alienware M11x

This laptop is a high performance computer that will run any PC game out there…and you can carry it onto an airplane. The sub $1000 price-tag will appeal to your wallet, too. Plus, it makes a perfect starter kit, because if your giftee finds he/she doesn’t actually like playing PC games, it’s a computer that can also make spreadsheets, do your taxes, and otherwise perform the mundane tasks boring people are occupied with.

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  • Indabud

    This will sum it all up:
    Rosanna's daddy had car she loved to drive. Stole the keys one night and took me for a ride. Turned up the music just as loud as it could go. Blew out the speakers in her daddy's radio.
    Started drinkin" weren't thinkin' str8t. She was doing 80 and she slammed on the breaks. Got so HIGH we had to pull to the side. We did some shakin' 'till the middle of the night. She was UP and DOWN and ROUND and ROUND!!!!!!!!
    I got real nervous. Huh. She took her coat off!! She looked so pretty, Ah Yeah! I'm always talkin' maybe talkin' too much. I love that little girl now and I just can't get enough. You take some lonely night with nowhere to go: just call Rosanna and its a hell of a show!

    Posted: December 8, 2010 9:58 PM
  • pillpopper104

    why no onlive?

    Posted: November 22, 2010 6:02 PM