Is a Price Drop the Great Equilizer Between the 3DS and PSV?
Posted on Friday, July 29 @ 00:17:59 PST by Daniel Bischoff
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The NIntendo 3DS was announced at a press conference where an incredible amount of core gaming content was revealed. Nintendo's E3 2010 was extremely well received. E3 2011 was an attempt at repeating that euphoria. Mario-Mario-Mario, ZELDA, 64 Bit NOSTALGIA everyone! Seriously, if it weren't for my love of the Nintendo 64, I wouldn't be in this mess to begin with.
Sony's conference was in a completely different league though. New games, exclusivity! Tretton continued to march more and more software on stage. When the hell was the Vita showing up? When the hell were they going to call it the Vita officially?
HEY! Ken Levine pulled one out of his pocket! He stole Kaz's move!Nothing, absolutely nothing else at E3 2011 matched the revelation that the PlayStation Vita was going to launch at a price that matched the Nintendo 3DS. When $249.99 appeared on screen behind the suits as Sony, the audience gasped and immediately launched into applause... or maybe it was just the fanboys I was sitting next to.
Nevertheless, I should have known at that moment that the Nintendo 3DS would see a price-drop before the Holiday shopping season. Yet again, the early adopters would be screwed out of hard earned cash. Let me be clear: I've been here before. When the iPhone launched on June 29th, 2007, I was in line in San Jose, CA. I was literally in Apple's backyard.
As a fun aside, some neat things happened in that line: Steve Wozniak was sitting up front and next to me in line was an Apple spy who happened to have a field-test iPhone in his bag the entire time.
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