In my history as a gamer, I’ve always felt the need to buy almost every console and portable on day one. Sometimes this works out -- I had a blast playing SSX and Timesplitters when I bought my PS2, Call of Duty 2 with Xbox 360, or Twilight Princess with Wii. There’s usually at least a game or two at launch that keeps me busy until some other quality titles come along in the following couple of months. However, my history with portables isn’t quite as positive as my experiences with consoles.
I learned to love my DS once great titles like New Super Mario Bros. and Professor Layton came out, but the first year or so wasn’t generous in the way of quality games. I played Twisted Metal: Head-On for a couple of weeks after buying my PSP, but very few games in the system’s lifespan held my attention after that (the main exceptions being Lumines and the God of War titles).
Part of my issue with portables is one many gamers face - I don’t travel an insane amount, I don’t want to carry the system around with me everywhere, and I don’t want to sit on my couch and play a portable while I have a 360 and PS3 ready to go in the same room.