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Rumour: Japanese Developers Moving from Vita to 3DS

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Handheld battle is getting serious

While 3DS has been enjoying a significant level of success in Japan in recent weeks, the recently launched Vita is struggling to make significant inroads into the market. It's very early days for Sony's handheld, but reports in Japan suggest that its slow start is already causing problems, and that Nintendo is set to benefit.

According to a report from Japan's Nikkei newspaper written by Kiyoshi Shin, the head of Japan's IGDA — International Game Developers Association — an unnamed source said that "major Japanese companies are canceling all projects intended for the Vita and are changing development to the 3DS".

It's not so long ago that 3DS was having its own disastrous launch period, with a number of high-profile titles being cancelled while in development. Nintendo reversed that trend with a major price-drop and some big-hitting first-party software: whether its rivals Sony can fashion a similar turnaround, or if Vita sales outside of Japan can reverse the trend, will become clear in the coming months.

[via gamasutra.com]

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User Comments (113)

Klapaucius

#2

Klapaucius said:

Had a look at a Vita and some of its games today. Took some finding - no big posters or anything, while the 3DS still has a big presence in the shop. Nothing really interesting on it, especially when compared to the games available for the 3DS now. The shelf space dedicated to the 3DS is also 4 times more than the Vita's.
Either Sony needs to do more to sell the Vita, or the shops aren't confident in it.

Vincent294

#4

Vincent294 said:

I'd like the 3DS to be more successful than the Vita, but I didn't want the Vita to fail this badly. Well, at least one good thing comes out of it: perhaps we may really get some sort of Assassin's Creed in the future, and we'll get some Vita titles right now.

Shinjix2

#5

Shinjix2 said:

That extra year on Sony sure helped Nintendo. I'm not just a 3DS or Vita fan, I'm a handheld fan and I would like to see them both succeed.

TheChosen

#7

TheChosen said:

"Oh no! 3DS is having a slow start! Lets jump off the boat and wait for Vita!"
"Oh no! Vita is having a slow start! Lets jump off the boat and go back to 3DS!"

Smooth27

#9

Smooth27 said:

I hope this is true, were already not getting madden 13. We lost saints row, contra 4, and assassins creed.

Shworange

#11

Shworange said:

Its odd though. Is Sony really doing much to market the Vita? I have seen little about it in stores, and I've witnessed absolutely nothing on TV about it. Perhaps the ads and I are merely passing like ships in the night, but I would have expected much more advertising presence.

DarkKirby

#12

DarkKirby said:

The 3D element provides something that is difficult to pirate, which is appealing to developers. The Vita's advantage is Sony is MUCH more lenient on what they allow for their system. Nintendo's strict policies on what is and isn't allowed on their system has always been a sore point for me, which they SAID they would change, but that's about as credible as how they SAID they would start supporting games after release, which didn't happen.

V8_Ninja

#13

V8_Ninja said:

That's bizarre, especially considering that the Vita looks much more promising than the 3DS did at launch. I guess the 3DS price drop changed a lot of people's minds?

WaveyChristmas

#14

WaveyChristmas said:

The Vita doesn't have S3D, and because of that it's just another typical NextGen hand held and to me that's boring. If the 3DS wasn't equiped with S3D I honestly wouldn't be too thrilled with it. It's amazing how much of a visual game changer it is. Playing games in '2D' is just bluh in comparison. :p

Ecto-1

#16

Ecto-1 said:

While I am a Nintendo supporter, I don't want to see Vita tank. Competition is what drives the industry and leads to innovations and improvements which benefit everyone. Hopefully, Sony will be able to turn their fortunes around like Nintendo did with the 3DS. There is no reason that the two can't coexist peacefully, they're aimed at very different markets.

BAZ1307

#18

BAZ1307 said:

Erm… no. I love my 3DS to bits and all, but I'm also buying the Vita day one next Wednesday. I don't want to see either console 'bomb'. I played both my PSP and DS to death, and actually found great games on both. I think/hope that this will be the case with 3DS and Vita.

If the Vita was ever to die down a dark, lonely hole, I'd be playing and supporting handheld gaming far less than I would now, which is not a good thing. Having just one hardcore portable gaming console on the market would NOT be good either, it would just take us one step closer to the dreaded day when ALL of our games will only exist on our mobile phones.

Please, this is not the time for bashing and fanboy wars, and I hope for the sake of both sides of the competition that this news turns out to false. :)

Luffymcduck

#19

Luffymcduck said:

I´d rather see Vita have some success too, I don´t want a future where everyone is playing with iPhone.

StephenYap3

#20

StephenYap3 said:

I sure wanted a Vita and for these reasons: Ratchet and Clank, Little Big Planet, and Reality Fighters. However, seeing as though Reality Fighters hasn't done as well in IGN's sight, I'm not sure if I want one. So, relax 3DS: You still have a winning chance to dominate.

bro2dragons

#21

bro2dragons said:

Systems don't sell 500 million units when they launch, people. I'm as in love with the 3DS as any of you, but give the Vita time to sink into the market and it will do just fine. It's capitalism and it gives consumers options to have one, the other or the best of both worlds.

SkywardLink98

#22

SkywardLink98 said:

The thing about the 3DS though is people didn't have much a choice. Buy a soon to be obsolete PSP or a soon to be obsolete DS. With the Vita though, they could buy a Vita and hope for the best, or buy a 3DS that already has great games, and 4 million sales.

Ren

#23

Ren said:

I couldn't care less about a vita. One, i don't have time for more games, and two sony stuff is always just too expensive. I guess it's not that much more than a 3DS but I can't afford to have both and the 3DS really does provide something different that's not just a 'next gen' machine. That's what home consoles are for. I'm not interested in playing a deep 40 hour adventure on the bus. I AM interested in playing fun, colorful games in 3D, in my pocket and having a cool 3D camera with me all the time. Also the deluge of Retro stuff is really appealing for people in my age group (30 somethings). I can't see anyone I know playing assasins creed 12 on the train or whatever.

Spoony_Tech

#24

Spoony_Tech said:

What pix said.

I could care less if it sinks or swims since I won't be getting one. However I think us over here in the west are more excited for it. It may actually do better outside of japan!

CerealKiller062

#25

CerealKiller062 said:

I think I might delay my purchase of PSVita if this comes about. Maybe wait for a price drop, Sony isn't as generous to first gen buyers as nintendo. I saw this with the PSP, PS3, PS2, and PSX, it changes the compatability and will annulate the older generation console, such as a first generation psp with lower ram, games released more recently won't play on it. The PS3 first generation system will not update for play on PSN, etc. Nintendo tends not to do this too much, only losing some compatability. Well till further notice my Vita fund has become my Wii U fund.

fortius54

#26

fortius54 said:

The Vita looks good, but outside of Golden Abyss, I'm just not that pumped about the line up. ModNation looked good, but from what I gather, the reviews for it aren't good enough to make me want to drop $250 or $300. I don't have the 3DS, yet. I was waiting to see what was going to become of Vita. I think my decision has been made.

ImDiggerDan

#27

ImDiggerDan said:

Well, I know of one developer who is moving from Vita to 3DS, but one doesn't really mean much.

TheGreenSpiny

#28

TheGreenSpiny said:

This doesn't surprise me. Nintendo's never had any real competition in the handheld market, and most Sony fanboys I know don't care for portable gaming all that much.

AltDotNerd

#29

AltDotNerd said:

@TheChosen
So true, so true.
Sony: "Hey, Nintendo, we're going to beat the 3DS with our game Uncharted! What do you have?"
Nintendo: "Oh, not much, just a little game called METAL GEAR SOLID SNAKE EATER!"

AltDotNerd

#30

AltDotNerd said:

In recent events, it would almost call for Nintendo and Sony to find a common enemy in smartphone games and prove to the world that handhelds will never die. But, Sony went and blew it with "Derp, let's COMBINE a handheld with a smartphone! I like the taste of crayons!"

Cia

#31

Cia said:

Everyone who predicted doom to 3DS and victory to Vita should feel themselves really dumb now. How can they be so stupid two times a row (remembering the same situation with PSP and DS).

WaLzgiStaff

#32

WaLzgi said:

@Faron: I'm disappointed that there's no quote from dear old Jack Tretton talking about how much more the Vita will sell than the 3DS.

Remember his quote about the PSP and DS and soon the DS almost doubled the sales of the PSP? Good times :D

grumblebuzzz

#34

grumblebuzzz said:

I know where I am at in the US right now, there is a lot of attention on the Vita already. The Gamestop I went to yesterday had a whole wall dedicated to it, a kiosk where you could play one, posters everywhere, and even a deal where you could trade in a PSP, DSi or 3DS and get 20% off of a Vita (which is not that great a deal for the latter because if you trade in your 3DS to essentially get 30 bucks out of it, you're clearly insane). The 3DS, of course, is banished to one tiny little corner in the back of the store as usual. That's always how it is around here though: Xbox 360 and Playstation products are plastered in bold everywhere and Nintendo is the also-ran in these stores because around here, it's all about gun games and JRPGs or you're not a "real" gamer.

KAI7321

#35

KAI7321 said:

I love the 3DS...however..this is Japanese news for VITA....were there is NO Monster Hunter or cookie-cutter cloned JRPG out for it yet.

However its all about money and I honestly think the pricing of the VITA, with how they make you buy the overpriced cards separately is really not attractive what-so-ever at the moment.

Gamesake

#36

Gamesake said:

Best to buy a 3DS, save yourself a few hundred bucks, and enjoy a vastly superior collection of games. Hopefully it's not too late to cancel those Vita pre-orders.

crazyj2312

#38

crazyj2312 said:

The 3DS is my system of choice but I don't want the Vita to die off. It's not like the Vita is a terrible handheld.

DarkKirby

#39

DarkKirby said:

The Vita needs to survive until Nintendo is convinced that region free and 2 joysticks is the way to go. That and not carefully monitoring and restricting what developers are "allowed" to put on their system.

Which reminds me, I wonder if the Vita has the same BS "you don't own this system Sony does, in paying for the system you are permanently renting it from Sony and they at any time can claim you did something with it they don't approve of and can have you arrested" policy the PS3 does.

SomeBitTripFan

#41

SomeBitTripFan said:

Go Nintendo! Sony needs to step it up. So far the Vita has only shown off some VERY casual looking titles. Sony's Vita could possibly climb out. PSP vs DS anyone?

Megajack

#43

Megajack said:

yay nintendo!!! sony. go die in a fire and take your stupid vita and over priced ps3 with you!!!

SyFyTy

#44

SyFyTy said:

If Sony is doing little to support thier console BEFORE its launch, why should I believe they will support it, after I've already got one. Heck if not for these gaming site debates I would never have heard about it at all, that's just sad... You can give gold away FREE, is no one knows about it, no one will get it...PERIOD 'He who has something to sell and goes and whispers in a well, is not so apt to get the dollar as he who climbs a tree and hollers." an old business proverb. PS I would prefer BOTH succeed as competition drives better game design and innovation.

Dak_n_Jaxter

#45

Dak_n_Jaxter said:

I have a 3DS and love it, but don't even use the 3D. I want it for the Nintendo developed games, but i would MUCH rather have all of the 3rd party games on the Vita with a bigger better looking screen, better graphics, and better controls. But that's just me

tanookisuit

#47

tanookisuit said:

I'm not buying into that rumor or any rumor ever until something more solid shows, so as much as I hate siding with the Sony suit on this who talked about the rumor, you kind of have to without concrete evidence.

Odds are some will in fact do this, but I don't see an exodus. I mean they're asking more than the 3DS went for at its launch, they have the balls to ask $50 for a portable game, and they're forcing you to buy their proprietary locked down memory card format so you can play some of the games because if it sees no card in the slot it won't play(which is a scam.) This will cause people not to buy the thing in big numbers other than technophiles and sony fans with deeper pockets. When you limit a market you'll limit support because profit won't have a good chance of being huge(or having one at all.) PSP suffered this due to the piracy woes as it drove off developers as costs outweighed benefits having more copies robbed than bought. In this case price puts people out of the market which keeps profit away too.

Gamer83

#48

Gamer83 said:

The launch lineup was filled with nothing but Western centric games, don't really know what Sony expected. I think the system will sell better in NA and Europe and that might help them a bit but if they want to get things turned around in Japan they need a Monster Hunter game asap.

warioswoods

#49

warioswoods said:

Well... I wish all was that rosy, but I fear it's just publishers being erratic as usual.

The DoA devs recently said that their 3DS game had disappointing sales, and that was a rather flawless port full of features. It sounds like neither platform is a guaranteed hit for 3rd party games, even great ones.

kyuubikid213

#50

kyuubikid213 said:

I don't want the Vita to tank, but I certainly want my 3DS to stay on top.

However, if it doesn't succeed, then maybe I will get a bit of a break. I won't have to hear all of the "It has better graphics/games/wireless/touchscreen" stuff.

I am a little worried for the poor thing, though. All I heard about it was Uncharted and Modnation. That is TWO games. For the 3DS I hear about Mario Kart, Zelda, Mario 3D, Street Fighter, and even Nintendogs. Not only those, but also the eShop games like Pushmo, Freakyforms, Sakura Samurai, and Excitebike.

Sony needs to do better selling the Vita. Only one of my friends is planning on getting one whereas four of my friends have a 3DS and three plan on getting it if Majora's Mask comes to.

AND YES, PRICE MAY BE AN ISSUE. If I were to ever get a PSVita, I would get the cheap WiFi one. The 3G one has a monthly plan! It varies from either $15/mo or $30/mo. Also there is the memory card that goes for $20 MINIMUM and then actual GAMES for the thing! If we were to get a WiFi one, it would cost $320 plus tax! And that is only ONE GAME! If we were to get a 3G one with the minimum everything else, it would still be $370 for the system, memory card, and A game. To keep the plan for 12 months, the total (for the system, game, memory card, and 3G) is $550!! WHAT THE MESS?! A 3DS (at launch) would only cost $290. This price is the system and a game. If you add the CPP, then it still comes out at around $310, which is still cheaper.

Slapshot

#51

Slapshot said:

@VincentV You do realize that most all of Vita's launch titles aimed at Western gamers? That's why you've seen the low Vita sales in Japan. When the Japanese developers start launching games that Nintendo wouldn't dare allow on their system and don't ever see light of day outside of Japan, then you'll see Vita sales start their upward climb in Japan.

The3DSisMINE

#52

The3DSisMINE said:

I honestly wanted the 3DS much more than the Vita, I was very disappointed with the lackluster titles available at launch. The Vita has better launch games than the 3DS. I played it yesterday at Best Buy (Where you can get it right now if you preordered it) and the sony rep even told me that there was going to be a PRICE DROP for sure and perhaps soon. That sold me on the idea that I will not get it now. Do I even want it? Heck ya, its beautiful. For me though the touch screen on a PSP just doesn't do it for me. But everybody above me had some very good points. Like if Sony isn't really promoting it well in most stores, how can we be sure that they will support it in the future. Everybody knew that the 3DS was going to sell much more than the Vita purely because fan base. I'm not good with business politics but if the Vita wants to survive it will need to do something fast or you'll find out that in the coming months it will be yesterdays machine, and no one will want ti anymore. I want the 3DS and the Vita both to succeed. Each one has great franchises and great developers. Its sad though that when you have one major franchise (Uncharted) be on the launch lineup and its still not doing well, you have some major problems and tough waters are ahead. But in contrast the 3DS had none of nintendo's major franchises at lineup. Imagine if the Vita and the 3DS came out very close to each other? What a difference that will be.

grimbldoo

#53

grimbldoo said:

Nintendo might not always be AMAZING but it has never disappointed me. Sony on the other hand already lost their chance. They advertised the PSP as something great...only one game that I actually really like to play and about two that I would get if I had the money to spare (but Nintendo has always swooped down in the nick-of-time with a good game). Sorry Sony, but I am not willing to spend over $200 again only to be disappointed.

Objection

#54

Objection said:

Competition is always good so I hope the Vita does decently. That said, I don't plan on getting one for a few years.

grimbldoo

#55

grimbldoo said:

@Slapshot As long as they are not too sexual, Nintendo will accept it.
So I think Square Enix will be the only one with this problem cough dead or alive extreme cough

@Objection Yeah when they lower it like $1000. Sony has always overpriced their products.

@The3DSisMINE And having only one major franchise causes problems as that franchise can make their products any price, and if there is only one, what can you really do about it?

@tanookisuit Sony is the master of overpricing.
Sometimes I think that we would be fine with just Nintendo and Microsoft.

@WaveBoy I think that I would have bought the 3DS anyway because of the updated hardware would allow better games (like it does)
please use the 'Edit' link to edit any further replies into your original post instead of double or quadruple-posting to a thread. thank you! — TBD
Thank you for that ^

CorbsAdmin

#57

Corbs said:

I never tire of all of this doom and gloom stuff, especially before a system has even officially launched around the world. I'm hearing now that Vita and 3DS developers are jumping ship to the PlayStation 5. They're skipping over PlayStation 4 altogether. They heard it wasn't going to sell very well I guess. LOL

JaxxRaxor

#58

JaxxRaxor said:

I think the poor sales of the Vita in Japan are linked to a severe lack of games that would appeal to the Japanese market on the system. In North America (and by extension Europe) the launch line-up for the Vita seems to be much more appealing than the 3DS's launch line up and almost all of them will appeal to western gamers, so I think Vita's first week will out do what the 3DS did in its first week in the West and thereafter sell more than twice as much in the US and slightly to moderately more in Europe than in Japan. The thing is going to be if the high price and pricey propertiety media will hurt the Vita in the long run, which I think will. The 3DS got a massive jump in sales and has held fast once it got a price drop. I don't think Sony could afford such a move as the Vita is more expensive than the 3DS to produce and they are already losing money on each system sold. It is going to be interesting, this portable war.

Vincent294

#61

Vincent294 said:

@Slapshot I know, but it still has a bleak future. I don't see how it can pull back as much as the 3DS. Higher costs to manufacture it, bad memory formats, annoying charging cable (see here), half-decent launch titles, and other problems create a bigger barrier for Sony than Nintendo. It might be successful, but not to the degree of the 3DS is and will be (assuming it continues to sell at this rate).

StarDust4Ever

#63

StarDust4Ever said:

Fanboys? What fanboys? I know not of whom you speak!

The 3DS got a slow start because it was released too early. The Vita will have a slow start because it was released too late. Sorry Sony. The bus has puuled from the station, the train has left the depo, the ship has sailed out of the harbor, the plane has lifted off the tarmac and the shuttle has launched into orbit. Sony, you're too late - you missed the launch window - you blew it! Nintendo P'wns again! ;)

grimbldoo

#64

grimbldoo said:

@VincentV
What the hell is that? Do they at least have a dock that I can drop and forget in?!?!?

@StarDust
They did, now that the 3DS has started running, it's gonna be hard for Sony to catch up. If they would have released at the same time then I would have been worried about Nintendo.

CorbsAdmin

#65

Corbs said:

If we've learned anything from the 3DS, it's that sales of game systems can turn on a dime. A big title here, a price drop there, and it starts selling. Don't forget, it was 3DS publishers that were backing off the system just a few short months ago when all of the 3DS doom and gloom was going on. This race has just started, in fact hasn't even fully begun since the Vita still needs to officially launch in NA and EU. We've got a long way to go peeps. Sit back and relax. :D

lonlon-milker

#66

lonlon-milker said:

The funny thing about it was in the days of the play station and the n64 Sony ws ahead by a year. Look who's laughing now Sony

Birthday_Boy

#68

Birthday_Boy said:

When they mean Major, I hope they mean Capcom, and Suare Enix. (It would be nice if we had Street Fighter X Tekken and an actual Final Fantasy game)

Supereor

#69

Supereor said:

@MorriganFan
I agree with my soul. Prejudice, bias, it's annoying and people should give Sony a chance. Honestly, I have a 3DS, and I'm sick of losing my stylus. I WILL sell it and I WILL get a Vita, not caring at all what people like Imagine23, Classicgamer and SomeBitTripFan say. I'm sick of prejudice in this part of NL, and I'll do what I can to buy a Vita. I don't care who the dev is, or the history of games and systems from that dev.

grimbldoo

#70

grimbldoo said:

@Imagine23
Lol

@Koops3
Suare Enix? May it be Square Enix? Lol, anyway I think that SE is already on board, hopefully they put both legs in though. There is so much potential here.

Kid_A

#71

Kid_A said:

I'm not surprised, honestly. I played the Vita the other day and I must say I didn't much like it. It's absolutely enormous, first of all. It's heavy and unwieldly and I frankly just couldn't see myself carrying it around. But the bigger problem is that Sony is once again putting themselves in a position where they're putting console games on handhelds. I played Uncharted: Golden Abyss and you know, it was kind of fun, but it was basically just like console Uncharted but not as good, and with all the loading screens. People buy handhelds to play handheld games. There's a reason why Ocarina of Time 3D didn't sell even remotely as well as Mario Kart 7--people want handheld games on their handheld gaming machines. I think the Vita has great tech behind it, but I'm just not sold on it so far--I need pick up and play games like Super Mario 3D Land, not Uncharted-lite. Nintendo is in a good position as far as attracting developers: they've finally got some real traction in the sales department at retail and in the download market, and the games that are really selling are the kinds of games that are cheap to make and have universal appeal. If Uncharted sells well on Vita, that tells developers that, crap, if they want to develop a top-selling game for Vita, it has to be a massive blockbuster with console-quality production values. That's a lot of resources for a relatively unproven system.

bboy2970

#72

bboy2970 said:

But this makes no sense.....I thought Vita was gonna blow the 3DS out of the water just as easily as its predecessor took care of the original DS. Oh wait...Seriously though, I find it hilarious that history seems to be repeating itself almost exactly as it went down 7 years ago. When will you silly people learn :D

grimbldoo

#73

grimbldoo said:

@bboy2970 If they had released at the same time, then Nintendo might have been in trouble. But also, as Kid_A stated, they don't make good handheld games for the PSP now PSVita, just cheep knock-offs of the system games.

bonesy91

#74

bonesy91 said:

I wanted to like the Vita... I tried it out at gamestop, played uncharted and that orange creatures game... Wasn't impressed. The graphics yeah as good as the PS3 but those portable games seemed so meh to me.

Bankai

#76

Bankai said:

@grimbldoo about the same time that Nintendo fans realise that graphics are pretty damn important to some good game experiences.

edhe

#78

edhe said:

@GrandChaseLover

Don't give me that "prejudice" crap. Shall I tell you what I'm sick of? People like you who moan and dismiss people as Nintendo fanboys, simply because they are a Nintendo only gamer. As if somehow their opinion is invalid because they don't own an XBOX 360 or a PS3.

Saying that, I saw their comments last night (the ones which you refer to), and don't personally agree with them - indeed, my first thought was "Oh, here we go..."

Regarding the news story, in regards to them cancelling and moving production over to the 3DS, I find it hard to fathom a developer throwing away so much money and development time because they have a whiff that the Vita may not sell well. Of course it's going to sell well - especially in Japan where it's literally a status symbol.

Koapa

#79

Koapa said:

Hi. I also think, that graphic ist not everything. The sales battle between DS and PSP is also clear - about 150mil DS vs 70mil PSP.
Now has 3DS 16mil.
But from another side - I´m the only one, who sees crazy, that Vita is not supporting old games? No UDM disc?
Sony will maybe sell it (or give it to you?) in digital form... but... downloading a few GB of data? Or buy another SD card? /it is SD, doesnt matter what Sony say/
Vita has great hardware but it never helped - look at PSP and PS3. Why arent they first in sales? Because Nintendo take always something, that is FUN. Not the best, but really great FUN.
Nintendo, I´m behind you. If you make a better battery for 3DS (my DS lite have 20 hours)m, I will love you :-)

Kage_88

#80

Kage_88 said:

Let me guess, now it's time for the "SONY ARE TEH DOOMED!!1!11" spiel, I'm guessing?

Don't worry, Sony fans. It'll turn around, just like the PS3.

Still, I'm happy about the 3DS doing so much better now. Nintendo nabbing Monster Hunter (and Dragon Quest for Wii/Wii U) is a serious blow to Sony. It'll be interseting to see how the house of Playstation copes with that...

gazamataz

#82

gazamataz said:

the ps vita is great and i think its worth every penny.but most people won't spend that much on a handheld so it will struggle.

Sakura_Moonlight2421

#83

Sakura_Moonlight2421 said:

Gravity for PSVita was really fun. :3 But this is great news for the 3DS after all the bitching about how slow it started out or not enough games were released.

MorriganIsHot

#85

MorriganIsHot said:

@StarDust I'm talking about the comments here coming from the fanboys, not the article. I didn't know the nintendo fanboys would be on the same level as the microsoft fanboys. And here I thought the nintendo fans was more mature but I guess I was wrong. After reading all these comments, I'm quite embarrassed to be a nintendo fan.
@Magi same here

hydeks

#86

hydeks said:

I'm happy with my 3DS. I got to try the PSVita and other than a huge screen, it's nothing Nintendo hasn't done already before, and BETTER. Also Nintendo seems to be releasing game after game that I want to buy!

NintyMan

#87

NintyMan said:

Wow, this is great for Nintendo, but I kind of feel bad for Sony. Yes, I'm a Nintendo fan, but I do have the class to feel for a rival too.

grimbldoo

#88

grimbldoo said:

@gazamataz As we saw with the 3DS

I could care less about Sony. Most of the games that I want to play are also available on PC.
You see? It's not just that I'm a fanboy. It's that I genuinely don't care.

eviLaTtenDant

#89

eviLaTtenDant said:

Yes, I would love to have all games i’m interested in on one home and one portable console. In addition i could only see myself getting a good and nicely sized smartphone with added button controls if that’s even possible.
But this would suck for Vita owners. The time when it felt like the 3DS was in danger of ending up like a slightly more successful Virtual Boy sure wasn’t a nice experience. So I hope we all get the games we’re looking forward to.

PS: The current model of the Vita cannot be connected to a TV, right ?

CosmoXY

#91

CosmoXY said:

As a Nintendo only owner and fan, I'm happy to see 3DS succeed, but not gleeful about Vita potentially failing. I personally just don’t wish to own a Vita so I have no stake in it’s success one way or the other as long as great 3DS games keep coming.

Urbanhispanic

#93

Urbanhispanic said:

It sucks for Sony, big time. But like others have said, you have to give Sony some time and then we will see how much of an impact it will make. Look at the 3DS; when it wasn't doing fantastic in the beginning, many people claimed it was beginning of Nintendo's downfall.

Gruntilda

#96

Gruntilda said:

Honestly, with how cocky Sony was about the launch of the 3DS, I kind of feel all this is necessary. Sony needs a good, strong, slap to the face for being composed of such unprofessional "leaders".

Henmii

#97

Henmii said:

"Japanese Developers Moving from Vita to 3DS"

Good news! Welcome developers! Hopefully you guys deliver some good stuff!

Son

#98

Son said:

Hooray! for 3DS! since it was the handheld I choose to buy instead of PSVita. Here in Philippines 3DS cost around Php9,700 wherein the PSVita cost around Php26,700. What a ridiculous price for a handheld, its price equals to a brand new PS3 and XBOX360 console. What the ****!

Son

#99

Son said:

If ever Square Enix remake Final Fantasy V & VI for the 3DS and the graphics is as amazing as in Resident Evil Revelations, that will surely boost 3DS sales all over Japan, North America, Europe, and Asia.

KryptoKrunch

#100

KryptoKrunch said:

This sounds good, lots could come of this. I love how now all the 'doom & gloom' comments are directed at the Vita when people acted like it was going to kill the 3DS and have the best launch ever. Well, people did said the same about the PSP and look how badly the DS killed it. Don't get me wrong, I'd like to see a healthy 'war' between the handhelds but I just laugh at the snobby Sony fans.

Americasteam

#101

Americasteam said:

I own a 3ds myself and think that it is growing in quality and popularity, but that being said, I think the Vita will bounce back. In Japan the 3ds sold over 300,000 copies on the first weekend. Then it went downhill from there. Same with Vita. The fact of the matter is that Vita is aimed at WESTERN GAMERS. The 3ds owns Japan because of Mario, Monster Hunter, and Resident evil revalations. So it might take a while but Vita will bounce back. Also the Vita's launch slate of games has more selection and better games then the 3ds launch did, but the reason why I think the 3ds will ultimately win the sales battle is for (1. The 3ds had 3/4ths of a year headstart, 2 Because the number of awsome 3ds first party games and awsome number of 3rd party gamescoming in will be too much for Sony's great but, semi-popular to not even popular games. 3 because people trust Nintendo because of their soo popular DS 150 mil sales worldwide. Both systems are great but it all comes down to the games.

grimbldoo

#103

grimbldoo said:

I have previewed the touch functions and have found nothing different than what DS has had, and the PS Vita is a little wide to use such functions. I will not waste my money on a system that is throwing out a half-ed attempt to try reach the same sales that the DS made when they don't even realize that it's not just the touch screen that makes the DS sale good, it's also the software. And the price helps a bit. People don't expect 1080p when the play with a handheld, so making the games at least $10 cheeper would make them sell a little bit better (that and the quality of the game itself)

Stu_Dee_Jay

#104

Stu_Dee_Jay said:

I'm a huge Nintendo fan, but I'm eagerly awaiting the postman's knock on Wednesday to receive my PS Vita.

As many have wisely stated already: competition drives excellence and innovation. It's in everyone's best interest that Vita and 3DS play to the strengths that make dedicated handheld gaming such a pleasure.

MakeMyBiscuit

#105

MakeMyBiscuit said:

For some reason I have no interest in the PSP Vita. The tech is impressive but it just does not grab me like the 3DS did. The start up costs also bug me: Sony only memory, no backwards support for PSP games and on and on. On the other hand I really love my 3DS and do not regret getting one. The retail games rock, the down load games rock, all the free games rock (I'm an Ambassador), the free indie 3D videos each week rock, the 3D camera and video rock and the games truly provide a unique experience from a console system.

I am looking to upgrade my phone to get the Sony Xperia Play. Frankly I would not be surprised if some of the games from the Vita were ported to the Xperia Play. With the 3DS, and Experia Play as my phone, I see no need for the PSP Vita.

Tryken

#106

Tryken said:

That's the weakness Sony almost always has — poor first party support when their third parties fail them. Nintendo was able to pull around after some third party companies (cough Ubisoft cough) threw shovelware all over the 3DS.

Sony has Gran Turismo, Little Big Planet... and.. am I missing anything? Twisted Metal is sony exclusive, isn't it? But, again. It doesn't give them self-reliability with their software. That and they need a price drop. If Nintendo couldn't pull 250 for a handheld, what makes you think you can?

TheSonicTeam201

#107

TheSonicTeam201 said:

the 3ds is more cooler than the vita . sony said oh the 3ds is out so lets kick some videogame and now nintendo is coming out with the wii u so sony should just stand down

michiganurse

#110

michiganurse said:

You guys are thinking of the two consoles as if this is some kind of team sport. This is business people! If either of the handhelds fame this could possibly mean the end of traditional handheld gaming except for the tacky phone or tablets games.Do we really want that? Hells no I hope. Let them both do well for the sake of handheld gaming, this isn't the old budweiser less filling taste great commercial. Can't we all just get along.......... Rodney King, 1994. I think.

MrFinalgamer

#111

MrFinalgamer said:

@MetalDragonZero then sony: oh that's cool! now that you mention it we have a little game called Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, which comes with Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3 and this version of MGS3 doesn't have frame rate problems like your version, plus comes with the original metal gear 1 and 2.
nintendo: ...

MrFinalgamer

#113

MrFinalgamer said:

@grimbldoo the PSP didn't have many great games but it have some good ones like: Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker/Portable Ops, Patapon, God of War, Dissida, Disgaea 1-2, FFVII Crisis Core, Ratchet and Clank and others. =)

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