Nintendo 3DS Still Sony's Chief Competition
Sony must go through Nintendo to move one step closer to handheld domination.
Recently, we've stumbled across articles where the writers clearly state that smart phones, not Nintendo, are the greatest threat to Sony's PlayStation Vita.
It's debatable, of course. Smart phone gaming is huge in large part because said devices (be it iPhone or Android) are outstanding phones that just so happen to run Angry Birds and Cut the Rope both effortlessly and cheaply.
On that note, famous pro wrestler Ric Flair has always said that to be the man, you gotta beat the man.
Well, when it comes to handheld gaming, Nintendo is the man.
Perhaps it would be more of a moral victory, considering the inconsistent 3DS sales, but in order to move one step closer to claiming the portable crown, Sony must go through Nintendo. Yes, Apple poses a threat, but make no mistake. Sony needs to topple Mario before tackling the geniuses in Cupertino.
It's easy to compare the 3DS launch with PlayStation Vita's February 22, 2012 debut. Critics have already praised Sony for putting together a more impressive (albeit unconfirmed) launch lineup. Frankly, we're inclined to agree, though if your argument involves Vita titles like Sound Shapes, Gravity Rush, Little Deviants, Escape Plan and Ruin, you might as well throw those games into the bin with Pilotwings Resort and Steel Diver as products the mass market has little to no attachment to and therefore, near complete disinterest with. They'll buy Uncharted and Wipeout because those games are part of long standing franchises. Army Corps of Hell? That's iffy.
Also consider the fact that you won't walk into a Verizon or perhaps even AT&T store and see PlayStation Vita sitting next to the iPhone or Droids. At the end of the day, you'll find it in GameStop, Best Buy, Toys R Us and Target...in the video game section, closer to 3DS systems and games.
As for games, remember that DS took off thanks in part to Brain Age, which was a collection of addictive mini-games not unlike those found on the App Store. Aside from Little Deviants, there's little about Vita's launch that proves Sony has learned anything. It's still hell bent on pushing console like experiences onto the handheld crowd, seemingly unaware whether casual consumers want this or not.
Bottom line, while it's perfectly fine to think Sony's machine will outsell Nintendo's, it's foolish to assume the big N no longer poses a threat, not when the company managed to move over 140 million DS systems worldwide.