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During one fateful autumn weekend, the entire gaming landscape will change.
On Friday Nov. 17, Sony unleashes the long-awaited PlayStation 3, a pricey cutting-edge console packed with next-gen features. Then, two days later, Nintendo delivers its innovative Wii, a so-called "new-gen" console that emphasizes creative gameplay over high-end visuals. With two massive launches assaulting the already crazy holiday shopping season, no gamer is safe from these monsters' wallet-destroying impact.
We're here to help determine whether either of these launches warrants your cash and effort. While these two consoles may initially seem wildly different (the PS3's price …