Then, yesterday, my wife got a letter from her grandmother and great aunt. They both always saved, never had debt, and just collected a ton of money, and are just giving it out to their grandkids by the handful. And we got a large check. My wife called me up, and we talked about it. I checked out the mall EB, and they had a deal:
Trade in any older console, and 15 games, and get $100 off a gamecube.
So, I got out the PSX my sister gave me... but only 11 games. So I went to eb, bought 4 $5 games, and voila, $100 off my gamecube. But, instead of the $150 gamecube, I went with the $190 gamecube bundled with mario sunshine (for the wife) and a memory card (which I'll need with metriod), and I picked up metroid. So I got a Gamecube, two games, and a memory card for $160. Not bad, eh? Wait, there's more. Because I bought it at the time (think it expires today or tomorrow), there was 2 $25 rebates. So I will have all that I bought for $110.
The only issue? My boss has an X-Box, and Ghost Recon. He's been spending weeks trying to get me an X-Box (with X-Box live) for Christmas, so we can team up (with other guys on my project) against other people in online play.
One more issue. I gotta wait until my wife 'gives' it to me for Christmas, so I won't be able to explain how great Metroid Prime is until I get it (BTW - I saw Metriod Fusion for the gameboy advanced, and it looks KILLER).
Anyway, thanks to grandma, EB, Nintendo, and, of course, my wife.