Episode 60 of the podcast dedicated to everything handheld gaming. This week Colin and Chris discuss how the new Nintendo handheld model could mean the end of the 3DS - as well as analysing the recent updates announced the the PS Vita.
Both will be fine.
Maybe. The Vita seems like it will keep doing as-good as before, maybe a bit better. I can't say I'm as confident in the 3DS. It really depends on how badly Nintendo wants to fracture the market between 3DS and N3DS games. If the N3DS plays out (as I expect it to) like the N64's Expansion Pack, with only 2-3 games really needing it, I don't see it having much of an impact. But if they stop 3DS development (right at the point when the 3DS is finally in a very strong position) I could see some serious trouble for Nintendo.
DS and DSi says hi
Nintendo didn't suddenly stop making NDS games and start making DSi games, so that's a poor analogy. There's really only one appropriate analogy, and that's the Gameboy/Gameboy Color--and even then, that's probably too dated to be relevant to today's conditions. NGB (1989) GBC (1998) - 9 years later (NGB gen. 12 years) GBA (2001) - 3 years later (GBA gen. 3 years) NDS (2004) NDSi (2008) - 4 years later (NDS gen. 6 years) 3DS (2011) N3DS (2014) - 3 years later (3DS gen. 3 years?) If Nintendo halts 3DS development it will be their shortest handheld hardware generation since the GBA, a platform mostly known for SNES-ports.
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