3DS Head Start Could Be Huge Advantage Over Vita
Sony has to sell at least 6.7 million units, and fast.
With PlayStation Vita's Japanese launch (December 17) less than two months away, Nintendo has to feel good about its chances against Sony's latest machine.
Games like Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 will go a long way to solidifying the handheld's place in the market. Most importantly, 3DS has dominated Japanese sales of late, more recently outselling PSP two to one, as it should, considering that portable is on the way out.
With this in mind, the official 3DS sales figures before Mario are especially important. Nintendo already announced it had run through 6.68 million 3DS units. Considering the mascot's appeal, it's safe to say that number will have ballooned to more than ten million by the time Vita arrives on U.S. and European shores February 22.
Make no mistake. In this latest battle, any lead, however slim, may seem like a huge advantage.
At first, this wasn't the case with DS and PSP. If you recall, both systems debuted within mere weeks of each other in Japan, with DS on December 2, 2004 and PSP on December 12.
Granted, Sony was new to the portable arena and Nintendo had years of history and franchises to draw upon, but the lackluster DS launch lineup put both pieces of hardware on a semi even playing field. If Brain Age had flopped, perhaps things would have turned out differently.
Fast forward to today, and Sony will have to make up at least ten million systems to pull even with the big N, no easy feat, considering the 3DS lineup slated to arrived in 2012, with franchises like Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid, Animal Crossing and Kid Icarus guaranteed to soak up plenty of consumer cash.
Remember, Nintendo has yet to reveal the next chapter in the Pokemon franchise.