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Team Talk: Vita vs. 3DS, StreetPass, remakes, and more - as discussed by Pocket Gamer staff

Nintendo against Sony: who wins?
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Team Talks - our series of round-table discussions held over Skype - is back with a bang.

Earlier today it all kicked off in the PG office, as several of the team weighed in on the pluses and minuses of the traditional portables from Nintendo and Sony.


The words you're about to read are mostly unedited, and the full range of topics includes...

- Is StreetPass pointless?
- Are all good Vita games remakes?
- Of the 3DS and Vita, which system comes out on top?

Below, you'll read a conversation on those three hot topics, starring Harry Slater, Mike Rose, Alex Beech, Mark Brown, and myself.

Make sure you have your say on the points raised in this discussion in the comments section below.

 Harry Slater: ... I always thought Animal Crossing was like Frogger or something...
Mike Rose: I get why Animal Crossing is popular, it targets a certain type of gamer. But it's just not for me, I need stuff to be actually, you know, happening. It's like Harvest Moon, except with more collecting and less fun.
 Alex Beech: Not a StreetPass fan then?
Mike Rose: Haha I stopped using StreetPass a loooong time ago. What a completely wasted concept.
 Mark Brown: StreetPass is rad. I got loads at a recent Nintendo event. Lots of new Fire Emblem battles to fight!
 Alex Beech: Best thing on the system for me... I've only got 4 puzzle pieces left to collect.
 Mark Brown: My puzzle collection is coming along too.
Mike Rose: Haha yeah, but that's the thing, you had to go to a Nintendo event to use it.
 Mark Brown: You get them at Eurogamer Expo, you get them in cities.
 Mike Rose: The only time I ever use it is at events, and even then I usually can't be arsed to lug my 3DS around with me. In day-to-day life it's pretty rubbish. For me, it's totally not worth lugging a brick around just to get some jigsaw pieces.
 Mark Brown: I'm carrying it around because the 3DS is awesome and I want to play it. StreetPass is just a cool extra.
 Peter Willington: Yeah, it's not too much extra weight is it? I chuck mine in a sock and throw it in my top pocket... Weirdly, I don't feel the same about my Vita. I rarely take that out, and when I do it's on very long train journeys. I like the games and all, but it just feels less... disposable.
Mike Rose: Well I carry around a real handheld (the Vita).
 Mark Brown: I like having more than 3 games to play...
Mike Rose: Oh you've done it now Mark, GAME ON.
 Mark Brown: Nah, Vita's great, I just can't think of anything I really want to play on it right now.
 Harry Slater: I love my Vita. My 3DS is in a drawer and has been there for a good long while. Before that it was in a different drawer.
Mike Rose: I would argue that the Vita has better quality games than 3DS. I can also back that up with evidence - in 2 years, we've given 21 3DS games 9 or 10 scores, while in a year, we've given 14 Vita games 9 or 10s. If Vita carries on at the same pace, it'll have better quality games than the 3DS overall according to PG, BOOYAH!
 Harry Slater: That's conjecture, not evidence. Sorry.
 Alex Beech: And only if Vita carries on.
 Peter Willington: I think they're about equal pegging for both. Vita had an amazing launch and has tailed off a bit, whereas 3DS is only now hitting its stride.
 Mark Brown: I mean, it's all subjective of course. But 3DS has Fire Emblem and Vita doesn't, so case closed. But honestly, I like both, so whatever.
Mike Rose: Vita has Persona 4 Golden. Which is equivalent.
 Peter Willington: And Final Fantasy Tactics... on the PSone Classics range.
 Alex Beech: Which of those Vita 9-10s were remakes? Persona is the best game in my world right now, but it's a remake.
Mike Rose: Yeah but P4G is way more than just a remake. It pretty much defines how to do a remake properly. Technically one of the 3DS's main selling points is a remake too (Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D).
 Alex Beech: At launch... not really any more. Anyway, I don't know why this is an argument at all really. Gaming hippy that I am: can't we love both?

So, what's YOUR view on the 3DS vs. Vita debate? Let us know by dropping a comment into the virtual comments box below.

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May 2013
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Th_Mssngr | 10:35 - 16 May 2013
Loving the 3DS right now. I think the Vita's a great piece of kit, and has some great games both already out and coming out (not to mention PS Plus), but with the price of the console and the memory cards and the huge amount of games they're bringing out for 3DS, I'd have to go with Nintendo.
Jul 2012
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@RaveofRavendale | 20:17 - 15 May 2013
That's 5-0 to the Vita so far ;p
May 2013
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Lee Hobson | 19:47 - 15 May 2013
I've got both Vita and 3ds XL. Soul Sacrifice and P4G are my mainstays. While 3d Land and Mario Kart get me on my 3ds.

I think both machines offer such different experiences. 3ds is fun, but the Vita satisfies my Hardcore Gamer side.

If I had to choose one for desert island duty, it'd be the Vita.
Aug 2012
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Matthew Felding | 19:13 - 15 May 2013
I have both and like them both. Yes, I prefer the Vita based on size, graphics, etc. but I still like the 3DS. I have several Mario games that are great on it and I can play all the classics from the e-Shop including my Game & Watch favorites. I will keep both rocking and rolling....
Jul 2012
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@RaveofRavendale | 17:01 - 15 May 2013
I've found that the people who say the Vita has no games, simply haven't actually checked whether the Vita has any games, and are instead just blurting out a popular opinion they've spotted on the internet.

The Vita's game line-up easily matches that of the 3DS, and perhaps even betters it. Unfortunately, the common misconception that it "has no games" is what is (somewhat ironically) killing it
Sep 2012
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Elronza Williams | 16:49 - 15 May 2013
I agree with Mathew the PS Vita is far better than the 3DS. I have over 50 games for my Vita from PS Mobile- PSP - PS Vita - PSN - PS1 games! Anyone who says the Vita lacks games is lying to themselves. Nintendo has the handheld market with the 3DS only because of it's price and well known games like Mario and Zelda.
May 2013
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Matthew Wilson | 15:44 - 15 May 2013
While I want to say I like both, ever since purchasing a Vita (a few months ago) I have not touched my 3DS more than an hour or two total.

I even used to think like Mark Brown ("Nah, Vita's great, I just can't think of anything I really want to play on it right now."), but as soon as I got it I was intensely surprised by how much I liked it, and how many games I am playing on it right now compared to the 3DS (vita: 11 games currently installed, one completely beaten and removed). The 3DS only has a handful of titles I REALLY enjoy, and it's primarily an emulator machine for me at this point, allowing me to play classic NES/SNES titles as well.