Is a Price Drop the Great Equilizer Between the 3DS and PSV?
Posted on Friday, July 29 @ 00:17:59 PST by Daniel Bischoff
If you're like me, you're in the market for two handheld gaming platforms. You've probably already gotten a Nintendo 3DS, knowing full well that you're buying your childhood, at double the price, and with your own money instead of your parents money. I loved the Nintendo 64. After playing 3DS games at E3, I knew I wouldn't hesitate to pick up Nintendo's next-generation portable with a copy of my favorite game of all time, Star Fox 64... in 33333DDDDDDDDDDD (pronounced: THREEEEEDEEEEEEE).
Did you know that the 3D version of Star Fox 64 has all the same gameplay, a new layer of graphical polish, and multiplayer where you can see the face of your victim before you blast them out of the sky?! Of course, the voices aren't the same and there's no online multiplayer.... Talk about missed opportunities.The PlayStation Vita didn't really appeal to me though. I'd heard lots of stuff about the device, back when it was called the Next Generation Portable. It wasn't until Sony's press conference that I'd have a chance to play the games.
Of course, before I'd get my hands on Sony's handheld, I'd also learn a lot more information about its release. What?! AT&T only? Eh, that didn't bother me as much as it did everyone else in the audience: remember, I'm an early iPhone adopter. $300 for 3G and $250 for WiFi? OK! Let's do it!
Suddenly, my interest was piqued. I didn't yet own a 3DS and now I had choices! The games at the show weren't particularly enthralling, except for Sound Shapes, but even that would be reason enough to get in on the Vita-ground-floor.
Despite having purchased a 3DS, I'll use my powers for good, not evil and tell you which handheld you'll be choosing over the other this holiday season:
Neither! Only the rare few will be buying a handheld gaming system this year. The Vita may not even be available before Christmas (HAHAHAHA, surrrre). Neither handheld has a very good lineup of software, unless you're a super-fanboy of the Nintendo variety.
Don't get me wrong, I'm sure you'll be happy with either machine, should you choose to buy. Maybe the Vita will have some awesome remote-play capabilities so you can get to your PS3 games from any room in the house. That's what I'm looking out for. Maybe you never had a PSP, like me, and there's a whole library of games you're looking to play on the Vita.
Take solace in the fact that you'll be getting 20 free games Nintendo fanboys. That's a pretty sweet deal. Most of them will probably be great Nintendo games! Let the nostalgia train roll! Yes! I remember the Nintendo Entertainment System! I also remember the Game Boy Advance! I remember how the 3DS doesn't have a GBA slot anymore! ... Oh no! I made myself sad.
Did you know that early adopters of the iPhone in 2007 were given $100 in store credit to the Apple store after the price-drop? Have you been to the Apple store?! $100 in credit is essentially a bill for $300! There's NOTHING in there for $100.I suppose yes, the 3DS price-drop does equalize the field between the Nintendo and Sony handhelds, but really, you've probably already made your decision. No one dropped everything today and said "that's it, I'm buying a 3DS" or "that's it, the Vita is the way to go." That moment will come when a killer app is released for either handheld, and that's not happened yet.
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