Is it really going to happen again? Is Nintendo going to get their product out first only to fail in the long run?
The simple and short answer is yes.
With the Playstation Vita launching today, the Nintendo 3DS is about to sit six feet under. With a lack luster lineup, an insane price tag and a main feature that is hardly ever featured, Nintendoís newest handheld is about to bite the dust. And hereís why.
The 3D Technology
When I first popped Madden into my 3DS, I was pretty impressed. Not with the rushed gameplay of Madden, but the no-glasses-needed 3D. It was awesome; it was beautiful; my neck cramped. As most of you have heard, you need to hold the system in its ďsweet spotĒ in order to view the awesomeness. After a while I just simply turned the 3D off so I could enjoy the games without seeing a chiropractor.
But then I realized something this morning when I started playing some more Mario Kart. The 3D was still off. Iíve played a handful of games on this system including Madden, PES, Ridge Racer, Starfox and Zelda. I forgot to turn on the 3D. Does that make me stupid? No, it makes Nintendo stupid. They failed to utilize this insanely awesome technology. Why do people like 3D? Because it looks sweet when someone shoots an arrow at you or when youíre falling from the sky. Some people call them gimmicks, but those are the reasons 3D is so impressive. Nintendo just banked on everyone thinking it looked cool.
I may be playing the wrong games, and if so please tell me what I should pick up.
The Game Lineup
This plagues every single Nintendo system. It has all the hype of a new, epic feature, but it doesnít have the lineup to give it any backing. The best game on the 3DS as of now is The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time Ė a game that was released on the Nintendo 64, then rereleased on the Gamecube, then rereleased on the Wii. So youíre telling me the best game on a system is one that has been released four times? No wonder Nintendo canít get over the hump.
The best sports game so far: PES, hands down. It was actually a very enjoyable game of soccer. It was part of the systemís release, along with Madden and Ridge Racer. As I said, PES was great, but the other two were simply mediocre.
Now for the Vitaís sports lineup: FIFA, Hot Shots Golf, Wipeout 2048, Virtua Tennis, Modnation Racers, Ridge Racer, Supremacy MMA, F1 2011 and Asphalt Injection. Thatís not even including MLB: The Show 12, which comes out two weeks after, or all of the mainstream games such as Uncharted and Marvel vs. Capcom.
Support and Faith in the System
Iím not talking about how you see all the Internet ragers going off on how much they hate the 3DS, Iím talking about how often Nintendo talks up the system themselves. They donít.
How can we have faith in a system when the company that made it has as little as we do?
Sony has been constantly talking about what the Vita can and will do once itís released. They havenít let up. Not once. My hype is higher than it has ever been for any system. Why? Because Sony wants it to be. Iíll probably get my hopes up, but for now Iím itching to get my hands on this new handheld.
From what I have seen, heard and read, the 3DS killed itself, and now the Vita is about to come in and sweep the season series. Sony made a handheld that has damn good games and graphics; no 3D gimmick, no promise of a new X-feature. Theyíre simply taking what they already have and making it better.