Play: The DS handheld remains Japan's best selling games system, but only just, Sony's rival PSP handheld making a concerted effort to close the gap according to the latest numbers from stat obsessives Media Create.
Once again Nintendo gets the credit for everything... What kills me is after literally 7 or 8 different handheld attempts (all of which failed) Sony stepped up to the plate with the PSP... A system that is 10 folds better and more capable and more functional than anything Nintendo's ever released and yet... They still get 2nd billing.
But it's not enough they get second billing to Nintendo... nope... The bigger story, to me, would be the fact Sony has actually competed with Nintendo in their own market and is actually gaining ground. That's news and a story. You never hear that side of the coin, though. Do you?
It's always about Nintendo this and that and this and that... what a joke. When, in reality, Sony has did what no one else could do and they did it on their 1st attempt. They made a handheld that competes with Nintendo's market.
That is the biggest story to be had out of it all. Yet, Where's the "real" so-called journalist at reporting the facts? They're stuck up Nintendo's ass, plucking their ball hairs out with their teeth.
If you're this upset about Nintendo, than you should probably get a life. And if you think that none of Nintendo's handhelds weren't revolutionary, than you're delusional.
Intrepid, he didnt say he hates nintendo, look at the key words, "It's always about Nintendo this and that and this and that... what a joke. When, in reality, Sony has did what no one else could do and they did it on their 1st attempt. They made a handheld that competes with Nintendo's market." put that in your head and think about the last decade and a half when other handhelds competed against nintendo's handheld. Now compare it to this generation. though nintendo still dominates the handheld realm, its safe to say that this is the first time that there is actual comptetion in the market, the Game Gear never sold how the PSP did, the neo-geo never sold how the PSP did, the Atari Lynx never sold how the PSP did. Thats were hes trying to get at. now think about the next Generation of handhelds, if Sony goes on to create the PSP2 with using the lessons they learned with the PSP vs. DS generation, what do you think might happen if it were to compete against the DS2? just think about that for a second, no hate or anything.
BTW, how was nintendo constantly revolutionizing the handheld market if their game boy was kept the same for the last decade and a half until the DS. more like evolution with new features, think think about it:
-Game Boy Pocket
-gameboy advance SP
these were the systems they built until they went for innovation, which turned into revolution, which was the DS.
the PSP is also revolutionizing the market by trying to put every handheld feature into one handheld video game system, i mean, a Phone(although its Voip),MP3 player, video player, a Picture Viewer, a web browser, and of course a VIdeo game system all in one handeld console which constantly gets software updates to make it better, not to mention the ability to now download your games from a internet store on your PC, something that the DS cant do yet, except for the web browser which you have to buy for about 10-20 dollars.
I believe they've done a fantastic job creating a handheld. I just resent how Gamesblow criticizes Nintendo for developing a smarter marketing plan. He has no real reason to complain about them.
I really don't think there is much merit to the Nintendo DS. While the Nintendo DS is a good jump in technology over GBA when compared to whatever the Wii is over the Gamecube, "two screens" is a god damned gimmick. Touch screen is fine, but seriously, you don't need two screens for a game. The only thing it does is annoy those of us that want to play the game eventually on the big TV screen, since there is no way we're gonna put a TV on top of another just to emulate that.
Anyway, I do blame Sony for what's happened to the PSP. The PSP *should* have beaten the DS, not because it has "better graphics", but because the brand name alone maintained the PSP afloat for A WHOLE YEAR. If you remember 2006, there were really very few games on that handheld. It seems that Sony put the PlayStation Portable on auto-pilot, since, if you look at the sales charts, there are very few exclusive games made by Sony. The D-pad is a mess, there should have been two triggers and two analogue nubs. Either Sony wasn't ready, or they were focusing too much on PS3 and very little on PSP. The PSP has come out now with many great games, but it took Sony some time after remaining dormant. Now they're a year behind Nintendo, and Nintendo took advantage of that and managed to skyrocket in sales. And if you remember well, the PSP was outselling the DS initially on a "from launch" basis, as the DS was selling very slowly until the DS lite came out. DS didn't really steal any market from Sony; Nintendo simply thought out of the box and appealed to elders, 40 year olds girls and women. Sony simply fell asleep. The hardcore gaming market is very competed between both, but ultimately Nintendo won because they took advantage of Sony's blind SPot (because Nintendo's home console was failing back then anyway).
I think people choose the DS over the PSP just because for them in this case "less is more". The PSP is definetly for people who want their world in the palm of their hands. They're not intimidated by technology and are tech buffs.
The DS, like the wii, is for people who want something simple and to the point. Stripped bear to the very essentials and only have what you need to have fun. I prefer the PSP/PS3 combination because it makes me happy in the pants.
Could we see another PS1vsN64-style victory for Sony? >:o
i dont think so, not in this generation of handhelds.
It is pretty crazy how Sony pulled off it's handheld. Nintendo pretty much made all others walk away from the handheld world but Sony has put it's foot in the door. It won't take over the DS but it has a market in this world.
Well to be fair the psp is the first handheld which has actually given a nintendo handheld real competition ever. Credit go's to sony for that one
The PSP isnt even close enough to the DS to see it with a telescope.. who ever made this article should have there A$$ handed 2 them..
only 2,000 apart
I believe that they are referring to the sales trend and not the actual install base. In order for the PSP to be gaining ground on the install base, the DS sales would have to begin going down... and it does not seem that will happen anytime soon.
But really, the point is that Sony has made a very significant accomplishment by being able to shift so many units of their handheld and continuing to increase their sales momentum. The PSP can co-exist in the same market as the DS b/c they both offer such unique experiences. At any rate, the fact that Sony has sold over 30M, and still counting, is a HUGE success. Especially considering that there have been so many naysayers over the last two years.
The Nintendo DS is beating the PSP because of the price.. The same reason the Wii is beating the PS3.. Only retards cant see that
Agreed,and plus,the Nintendo DS may be outselling the PSP but that doesn't make it better than the PSP!;)
actually only retards say it's because of price. The reason the DS is winning is better software and the reason Wii is winning is because of overall usability. All other reasons are for blind fanboys trying to feel better about themselves.
Anyone tried field commander? I liked panzer tactics on DS so I figured i'd get it.
No sorry noob, your wrong. I duno how many times I, and other 360 users have posted not only the 360's launch titles but the great games that came out its first year.
well i guess the price difference is smaller now isnt it.. damnit thats it..
IF the PS3 launched at the the exact price as the Wii.. and had a launch game as good as the Wii Zelda (which is DAMN near impossible).. then sony would wipe the floor with The Big N.. I am one of the biggest sony fans ever.. proud owner of a PS3.. but it dont take a scientist 2 figure out that sonys 1st year games on BOTH consoles (PSP PS3) did NOT make a big enough impact.. look at BRAWL for example.. Sold out in one night like Crack in the ghetto.. truth is, outside of the diehard sony fans like myself.. alot of ppl dont like waiting for GREAT games.. when they buy a console they want a great game NOW..
Like the N64 with Mario..
The Xbox with Halo
The Wii with Zelda
and 2 keep consistant through the year with great titles.. Most people wont even remember games from the PS3s 1st year.. but you WILL remember the Wiis..
Its like sony was jogging the first lap of the 6 lap race.. they got passed by the sprinter.. not saying they wont come back and win tho.. most likely they will.. they better learn from this minor a$$ beating fron Nintendo..
As of now nintendo is 10 mil ahead.. sony better start lettin the arrows fly.. even with the PSP
Actually, no one had any great games if they purchased any of the three systems in their first year. Gears did not come out until the 360 had been out for a year. Halo did not come out for nearly 2 years. Metroid Prime was the first great game on the Wii & took several months as well. In fact, as far as great games early in a consoles life, the PS3 has arguably had the best 1st year of all 3. It's a matter of perspective of course... but as an owner of all three, my favorite games of 2007 are on the PS3 with the exception of Bioshock.
@ Hazeblaze - The Wii launched With Zelda and it was a great game. Do you have any idea regarding the percentage of people that bought Zelda when they bought their launch Wii? There were stories on many websites acknowledging that and when I camped out to get my launch Wii, I didn't talk to one person in line that wasn't picking up Zelda also. I own Metroid Prime 3 as well and Twilight Princess > MP3. How can you say the Wii didn't have a great title at launch? LOZ: Twilight Princess has sold more than every PS3 game in existance.
zelda was a Wii launch game and it SMASHES anything out on PS3 and 360 unfortunately.. i also mentioned stayin consistant with great games.. not wait wait wait.. on 360 i had 2 sit thru the BS and wait for gears for a whole year.. tho PS3 has MUCH better games then 360 did on its first year.. the Wiis 1st year stomped them both out.. now theyre startin 08 off with Brawl.. wut "great" game does 360 OR PS3 got right now???? or even in the immediat future?
Next month psp will sell like mad. Due to the handheld game of the year. Not even GoW will top it. Thats right Crisis Core baby :D
I will probably get a PSP for Crysis Core alone.. i am the biggest FF7 fan ever..
The DS is also beating the PSP for the same reason the Wii is beating the PS3.. Nintendo has better games (that people care about) out right NOW.. non nerds dont shop out of anticipation.. they shop for whats hot NOW.. so make sure ur always the one thats hot.. or become over looked
Sorry, but the Wii sucks donkey balls. It only sells because it's cheap and it has motion controllers that anyone can use, the grandpa, the young kid, the moron A controller is harder to master. Give that to your grandpa and he will give up. But for real gaming it's better period. The Wii only keeps up with the same old things that the last generations kept selling the hardware: Mario, Zelda, Metroid Prime and the Wii Sports. That's about it. And as said price+motion (the fun people think they'll have but starts to be boring after a few weeks) Go count how many games on or over 80% average rated the Wii has and then go watch the PS3 and 360's games with those scores.
don't be hatin on the Wii now too mart- it has some more good games
No More Heroes is an excellent title, while SSBB and Dragon Quest Swords are going to be keeping the Wii alive in 08 (although it will probably die in 09)
theres also Umbrella Chronicles, Resi 4, Mario Strikers and the Okami port
the Wii aint bad for its price
The DS is the mass market device. PSP is the upper end of the market with nice graphics, nice screen etc. Both has a place, and for their target markets, both do well. Great work Nintendo to spot the market and give the market what it wants at a good price. I will get a PSP eventually, because of the PS3 integration and nice features. Kids will get a DS mostly... and that is the mass market for portable consoles. PSP will most likely never overtake the DS. But both cater for their respective markets.
PSP is catching nothing at all as long as DS keeps outselling it. And that's it. Also, PSP's Winning Eleven 2008 might've given it a boost of some sort. And what does these news have to do with Wii with a title like that one? Or PS3 or X0 for that matter as well...
i compared the DS and PSP with the Wii and PS3.. They are both seeing the same results from the ppl.. for the EXACT same reasons.. think about it man
The DS has less power then my mobile phone, the graphics suck and the only game that is fun with the touch screen is Brain Age. I imported the ceramic white PSP from Japan, running custom firmware and played on someones DS, but really the PSP should outsell the DS with God of War coming soonish, including Crysis Core etc. No fan of the PS3, but the PSP rocks and looks great with my white 360 Premium
im not hating on the 360 or anything, but if you love the PSP so much then it would look better with the PS3- remote play and all that nahmsayin?
sony fanboys are so desperate.. what ground did psp gain? ds is ahead in japan by 10 million and ahead of the psp by almost 40 million worldwide... so finally psp got close to ds for one week and then wow...its a comeback..lol.
Like i said before.. alot of people on this site are upset because Nintendo is crushing their favarite console.. So they try 2 predict nintendos downfall.. Tho the people who are buying the Wii and DS say otherwise
Umm... PSP cant gain ground on DS unless it actually outsells it on a weekly basis.. Selling less than DS week after week by no matter how much, it is still losing groung on DS.
I find it funny that somebody would say that the PSP gains ground on the DS, then tell us that it sold less than the DS. People don't seem to understand that if PSP were to make a comeback, it would require double the sales of its entire lifespan just to catch up with the DS, that's not even winning, just breaking even. The PSP will never surpass the DS. I own both a DS Lite and a PSP Slim.
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