The Hating Needs to Stop: Why the next generation of handheld gaming is fair match
It all started around 12:30 two Sundays ago. I flipped open my laptop and went to IGN to check on gaming news. I clicked on the first article I saw. It was about why the PSVita will succeed. I wasn’t expecting anything strange because even as a Nintendo fan I expect Vita to do well. I’ve read it 5 times since then and determined that it has the number 1 spot for the most opinionated, illogical fanboy editorial on IGN. (Read it here) I know that’s what an editorial is, an opinion piece but we really should expect better from IGN. All that I saw in the article was: Bash 3DS, Vita is SO much more powerful than 3DS that they aren’t competing, the Vita has way more games (what about when the US Vita releases in February 2012 with 30 games when the 3DS already has over 200 games), Vita has better graphics, Vita has better graphics and Nintendo games are tired and old. That sums up all of his article. He also said something about smartphones being a bigger threat that 3DS. I’m here to takedown one of IGN’s biggest fanboys in my own anti-article. Wish me luck.
Graphics- Most real gamers admit that graphics don’t make the game. As a Nintendo fan and Wii owner I agree with this. However, graphics can make a game much better and they have value. 2 misconceptions that need to be cleared up are “the 3DS is like a DSi with 3D” and “the Vita is a handheld PS3″. Saying the 3DS is just a DSi with 3D is like saying the PS3 is just PS2 HD. Was Uncharted 3 even thought possible on PS2. No. When was the last time you saw a game that looked remotely like Resident Evil: Revelations on your DSi/DSLite? Sony themselves have said that the Vita isn’t even close to the power of the PS3. The 3DS is really like and overpowered Gamecube in term of raw power. However it has shaders and other techy things which allow for better than Wii graphics. Resident Evil never looked that good on Gamecube. Why? Because both systems have graphics chips shaders and other technical stuff that boosts their graphics to high levels. This allowed many 3DS games to look better than Wii and allows some Vita games to look like PS3 games. Was that redundant? Look we all know Vita is technically more powerful than 3DS but what does that amount to in games?
The answer is kind of obvious. The Vita’s graphics aren’t lightyears ahead as our IGN friend said. Close graphics are actually good for gamers because it means more ports of games. I’m not saying 3DS is close to Vita’s specs but ports are definitely possible. Were there even any ports from PSP to 3DS?
Games- Mr. Colin Moriarty (AKA the guy who wrote this ridiculous article) tried to play it off like the Vita has more quality games than the 3DS. We all know the 3DS launch line-up was pretty bad, with the exception of Street Fighter 3DS which I picked up recently. However, by the time Vita releases in the US (where it really matters) many good 3DS games will be out. In Japan, Nintendo delivered a huge blow to Vita with Monster Hunter 3G and the possible exclusivity of Monster Hunter 4. The best way for us Americans to imagine it was if Call Of Duty was exclusive to Xbox 360. Then anyone who wanted to play COD would have to get a 360. We all know the 3DS is coming out with some good looking games; Super Mario 3DLand, MarioKart 7, Kid Icarus, Sonic Generations, Heroes of Ruin, Cave Story 3D, Resident Evil Revelations, Tales of the Abyss, Metal Gear Solid, Luigi’s Mansion, Mario and Sonic at the London Olympic Games 2012, Shinobi and Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle. All these games will be out by Vita’s US release or available less than a month after. They should push the 3DS to a fan base of over 16 million by January. This number would encourages devs like Activision (who cancelled MW3 3DS because the 3DS wasn’t doing well) or Ubisoft (who killed Assassin’s Creed: Lost Legacy because…it became Revelations? Really just make Revelations 3DS) The Vita’s launch is likely to be much stronger than 3DS’s was. What Mr. Colin forgot was that he’s not comparing the two launches, he’s comparing the 3DS games that will be out by the Vita’s US release date.
Old and Tired- Our IGN friend tries to play things off like everything’s new and original for the Vita. They’re are many new series on Vita as 3DS. Let’s face it. Let’s also face that, console ports and remakes sell well because that’s what handhelds try to be, gaming on the go. The 3DS’s frontrunner right now is Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D which is a remake and a great game. Gamers that complain about rehashes need to remember there are gamers like me who weren’t old enough to play Zelda and StarFox when the first came out. The Vita’s most popular game right now is Uncharted: Golden Abyss which is a spin off/ prequel. Sony boys say that Mario and Zelda are old and boring but that couldn’t be father from the truth. Sales don’t always indicate how good a game is but they do for Mario and Zelda. The fact that new generations of gamers buy them and they sell millions of copies everytime while getting good reviews says something. Right now Zelda’s getting ready for what’s likely to be one of the most realistic sword-fighting games to date. Reviewers have said it’s the best Zelda game… ever. Mario’s about to redefine 3D platforming on the 3DS. While the DS may have had too many 3rd- party shovelware it was very developer friendly. I hope 3DS doesn’t get stocked with too much shovelware but it is more developer friendly. I’m saying is that you should fully expect to see the next Call Of Duty on 3DS along with fresh itierations of your favorite Ninty IP’s.
Online and Other Features- Let me just put this out there. The 3DS has good internet. The fact that I can play Street Fighter with 3D on at over 30 FPS against people across the world is nice. It’s impressive that Nintendo claims they have MarioKart 7 with 8 players at 60 FPS against people on different sides of the planet. I think we can agree that Vita’s Party and 3DS’s StreetPass are same thing except StreetPass has Miis. Now comes the big one. PSN. We all know Nintendo can’t compare to PSN with 3DS. However they are coming very close with new updates. However the eShop is getting much better. It’s bringing DLC, third party demos and and downloading while in sleep mode. Nintendo has announced some fun-looking eShop titles created specifically for 3DS. Kind of like those custom PSN games you can download. PSVita’s backwards compatibility is very questionable compared to the 3DS’s. Pop in a DS game and it will play. Sony seems to have announced some kind of way to transfer UMD games to your Vita but it isn’t clear yet. Both systems have cameras of the same quality and Nintendo is adding 3D video recording. The Vita comes with recording out of the box. The Vita has voice chat but video hasn’t been confirmed. The 3DS doesn’t have voice chat… though it’s possible . There is a small video function for local co-op in StarFox 3D.
Ladies and gentleman we have two great systems here… so can we stop figthing and enjoy a flood of great games coming in the next 8 months…