3DS eShop Vs. iPhone App Store: Quality And Quantity
We'll take one stellar video game over several slightly above average titles any day of the week.
Ask yourself this question: Which is better, one quality game per week, or several of lesser quality?
If you work for or support Nintendo, chances are good you'd vote the former. The big N has taken quite an aggressive approach to the 3DS eShop, putting a much greater emphasis on new IP over old Game Boy titles from its back catalogue.
Granted, those classics have their place, and we'll never pass up the opportunity to enjoy Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.
At the same time, the amount of new content is quite extraordinary. Nintendo and various third party developers have teamed to unleash a growing pile of digital hits, including Pushmo, VVVVVV, Mighty Switch Force and Mutant Mudds, games that have all received high scores.
Conversely, Apple's App Store continues the course of pumping out several games each week of varying levels of quality. You can bet the proverbial farm one will involve rolling something (one week it's a basketball, this week, a hamster), while others task players with haphazardly tapping a touch screen.
Granted, this has worked well over the years, as iPhone and iPad owners eagerly await the potluck of games that appear at 11:00PM ET every Wednesday. Life is truly like a box of chocolates. You may score Grand Theft Auto 3, and then seven days later, Sonic CD.
To be clear, we love both online stores, but feel Nintendo is onto something that cannot go unnoticed. Here's a company often criticized for not providing online distribution on the same level as its competitors doing the exact opposite. Now, in addition to App Store Wednesday, we have eShop Thursday.
Perhaps this flies under the radar because 3DS is a handheld system, which sounds ridiculous to say, much less type.
Ultimately, Nintendo would be wise to take this success to its Wii U console, blowing the doors off its own App Store like experience.
If you're Sony or Microsoft, that's reason to worry.