With the Wii U and Vita's continued struggles, I've seen a fair share of crude behavior surrounding the fanbases of both consoles on any post that seems to talk about either in any sort of positive or negative context. It's the kind of driveling tomfoolery that you would come to expect from an article written by Jim Stirling; arrogant, off-base and pretty immature. Don't get the wrong idea, I'm calling out fans of both Sony and Nintendo on this one. While I am most certainly a Nintendo fan and still an optimistic Wii U enthusiast, I've seen some incredibly disappointing behavior from some pro-Nintendo fanboys and trolls who refuse to show any sort of humility or empathy toward Vita owners. Perhaps it's reactionary to that same behavior (an eye for an eye, I suppose), but is by no means acceptable.
The lack of mutual understanding on both sides is daunting, with discussions often following a noticeable pattern every time VGChartz posts another one of their sales figures. Keep in mind, not everyone acts as follows, but I want to give an idea of the kind of rhetoric I'm tired of seeing.
"Look! Vita sales have gone 3K higher than Wii U! It's DESTROYING it!"
"Look! Wii U sales have gone up! Screw Vita!"
This goes out to the fanboys who refuse to acknowledge reality, regardless of their own particular video game "creed"; neither the Wii U nor the Vita are selling WELL. They both have been selling below 50K for most of the recent fiscal year with some rare spikes here and there during some months. You know how you can describe Vita after Toukiden came out in Japan? Less bad. Wii U sales after Pikmin 3's release in Japan? Less bad.
This is a "Year on Year Sales" VGChartz post. http://n4g.com/news/1323328...
Notice how Wii U and Vita have a 200K gap? Notice how both are being outsold by the PS3 and 3DS by at least 3 million? THAT is the reality of the situation. The Vita and Wii U are struggling, so much so that they have both apparently been outsold by the PSP (assuming VGChartz are being even slightly accurate, which is unlikely to begin with).
While Vita has done better in Japan, what with its price drop in that region and the release of the exclusive Toukiden, Vita sales managed to finally get out of the usual slump they were in and outsell the Wii U for several months and since then the two have been struggling to beat each other's place. The only problem here is this is like two racers competing for 8th place; it doesn't matter because this figure isn't worth a damn to the consoles, their manufacturers or the fans.
After Toukiden's initial spike for the platform, sales have apparently fallen again to roughly where the Wii U has been. Meanwhile, the Wii U saw a very brief but significant spike in sales come the release of Pikmin 3. Evidently the spike didn't last and Nintendo's console, like Sony's portable, has gone back to square one. And in BOTH occasions there was always the same fanboy-ridden cross-analysis on both sides riddled with some sort of excuse.
"Vita still outsold Wii U by 5K." As if that means anything when both are in the gutter.
"Oh well 3DS is still vastly outselling Vita." And? While the 3DS is the Vita's direct competition, the similarities between Wii U and Vita are far more uncanny, both in features and performance.
What you can take away from this blog is this; I believe both the Wii U and Vita deserve better. For a while I hadn't the time or interest to get the Vita, but I still felt for the fans who probably feel the way I do about Wii U's performance. There should be a great deal of frustration from Nintendo fans and Sony fans with how these respective companies have been handling these platforms. Why the hell has Nintendo taken such a cavalier approach to their console for the first year? Where's the marketing? Why in hell did Sony restrict the price cut and Toukiden to just Japan? It hasn't exactly been selling in droves in other regions. The truth of it is the fans of Wii U AND Vita should demand more effort from Nintendo and Sony; endless praise and defense will, in truth, not help these platforms succeed and they deserve better from both us and the manufacturers.
I'm not exactly saying that if you like the Vita you should like the Wii U or vice versa, but at least understand that crapping on 'the other guy' is not going to make you look cool or make your favorite platform's performance increase. It makes you seem like an apathetic hypocrite. Take the time to understand the other side of the spectrum. The community would benefit largely; less stupid arguments over nothing for one thing and more discussion of upcoming games for both platforms for another.
In the end, this is a call for peace and sensibility among, not Sony fans, not Nintendo fans, but gamers. I don't exactly expect this to reach a lot of people, but hey, it's my blog and its purpose is for me to express my thoughts. Yeah, I'm a Nintendo fan and I don't like seeing the Wii U get crapped on. What Nintendo fan would? But then what Sony fan likes to see the Vita get crapped on? Both are good platforms with specific functions that they both do well that have suffered similar problems. My hope is that this community recognizes these similarities and hopefully find a great deal more empathy within itself.
But this is wishful thinking. In the end, that's up to the actions of the individuals within the community, namely those of you reading this blog. Your thoughts?