Who Will Have A Better February 2012: Sony Or Nintendo?
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Both Sony and Nintendo are set to duke it out this February in what is sure to be a key battle in the ongoing handheld war.
For Sony, the publisher hopes to make a big impact with PlayStation Vita, a powerful handheld that launches February 22 in the U.S. and Europe (Feb. 15 for early adopters) with perhaps the greatest launch lineup in history. Consumers have Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048, FIFA Soccer, Ridge Racer and ModNation Racers: Road Trip to choose from, and that barely scratches the surface of what Sony and third parties will have on the table.
Then we have Nintendo. 3DS has been full steam ahead since holiday 2011, thanks to Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. Now it's all about keeping momentum, and it appears the big N's system has one heck of a lineup, with Resident Evil: Revelations, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, Tekken 3D: Prime Edition, Tales of the Abyss, Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 and Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. We also have Circle Pad Pro, the peripheral that adds a second circle pad to 3DS; Resident Evil and Metal Gear support it.
The company with the biggest advantage, well, depends on how you look at things. Sony stands to win because it has new hardware, and gamers love that new system smell. Sure, Vita's expensive ($249.99 for Wi-Fi, $299.99 for 3G), but as we've seen with devices like iPhone 4S, Kindle Fire and iPad 2, people will fork over the dough to own the latest shiny thing.
On top of that, Vita's games look phenomenal, Uncharted and Wipeout most of all. Someone could purchase the system and those two games, then disappear for weeks.
Of course, Nintendo has just as good a chance to dominate. After all, Resident Evil and Tekken appear before Vita, giving 3DS a head start. Besides, Mario and Co. have the more affordable hardware and a sizable amount of quality games already on shelves. People looking to get the most bang for their proverbial buck should definitely give 3DS a look. They can pick up the device and two to three games for the price of one Vita system. That's a bargain.
For now, it's a tough call. Go with the new hotness (Vita), or the established and popular 3DS.
On that note, let us know which publisher stands to win February. Will Nintendo go full steam ahead, or can Sony disrupt 3DS sales?