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Nintendo 3DS vs PlayStation Vita

Which hardware comes out on top?

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fett42 | 14:51 - 28 February 2012
I have both a Vita and a 3DS. In my opinion the Vita is much better than the 3DS. The only games I really like on my 3DS are Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. Other than those 2 games the 3DS only has N64 rehashes in the way of good games. The Vita just launched and I already own 4 games that I really like for it. Plus the 3DS seems cheaply made in comparison. I say this because my 3DS already has a few dead pixels and I've had it less than a year.
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s.s.b | 10:58 - 23 February 2012
your stupid your paying for psp again
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Random Guy | 23:43 - 22 February 2012
Excuse the typos, this site doesn't allow posts editing.
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Random Guy | 23:42 - 22 February 2012
Tomb Raider was a revolutionary game, and one of the most important ones ever made, leading the way to all action adventures from SoT to GoW.

Tomb Raider up til the LAU trilogy (with Anniversary being somewhat an exception, to an extent) had a system allowing better players to do wonders in the game, while noobs barely made it.

Uncharted is a poor shooter with practically on the rails platforming, it has an annoying Indiana Jones wannabe jerk as the protagonist, overly scripted gameplay, very linear levels and.. well, very vey nice graphics,

The Vita versin of Uncharted in terms of playforming practically plays the game for you.

If your idea of a greta videogame is completely scripted cinematic shoot shoot - sticky jump - press button to take cover, then by all means Tomb raider isn't for you.
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MavericianStorm | 22:01 - 22 February 2012
Imho, the Vita takes the cake. While the 3DS is a great system, and I have had some of my best handheld experiences with 3DS games (Super Mario 3D Land, Resident Evil Revelations), the Vita's lineup is substantially better than the 3DS's current library. The 3DS has only 4 great games almost a year later, while the Vita has around 10 great games at launch and in the following couple weeks. I have owned all of the recent Sony and Nintendo systems, and do not consider myself a fanboy of either. And RandomGuy, while I agree that Mario Kart > ModNation, Uncharted is better than any Tomb Raider in any aspect.
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Random Guy | 23:17 - 1 February 2012
Oh, and €49.99 pocket games.

Funny.
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Random Guy | 23:14 - 1 February 2012
No, I just have a better taste in games than you, young buddy. Uncharted has sticky jumps, where the game pretty much plays by itself in platforming sections. You obviously weren't around in the 90s, or perhaps haven't touched TR Anniversary.. quite frankly is anything, platforming in uncharted is clearly the lamest, Sands of time wasn't much better either, but at least that game wasn't nearly as linear and on the rails. So, buddy, it's not me who's 'unwilling' to 'consider' the 'fact'..

Mod Nation Racers is a nice tiny game, but w/o the multiplayer comparing to Mario Kart is basically nothing short of asinine.

Now, for the idiot part, I believe once again it's not me who is qualified for that name.. because what I said was how Black was superior to Sigma, and since Sigma 'Plus' is a rerelease of the latter.. i hope you can figure the rest for yourself.

Now what was that about ignorant fanbois.. Yeah.

Vita will flop in the west, in Jp it probably will do just fine as long as there's some oriental Cod around, like MH or DW or whatever the new japanese rinse and repeat blockbuster is.
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Facelord | 18:30 - 29 January 2012
Random Guy, you're clearly unwilling to consider the fact that the Vita's game lineup is superior to the 3DS' in every single way. Uncharted's platforming is definitely much better than Tomb Raider's, I don't see why you'd think otherwise- personally I think Prince of Persia is much more comparable and more fun in the platforming department. Modnation Racers is in a league of its own, no other kart racing game on the planet is as good as Modnation Racers. Mario Kart 7 is a crappy sequel to a ton of kart racers with zero innovation. Modnation Racers not only fixed the "blue shell effect" with shield and boost functions but the character, level and kart creation tools allow you to pretty much make anything you want without ruining the game's special art style. If you think Sigma and Black are worth owning and Sigma Plus isn't, you're an idiot. Also the 3DS' library of games is composed of 90% overpriced remakes and 10% shovelware/unoriginal content.

You are an ignorant fanboy unable to see which game system is clearly superior in almost every single regard. I'm personally willing to pay $80 more for a game system that isn't a disappointment on every level, I guess your parents don't wanna buy you a Vita so you aren't willing to even give it a chance. Funny.
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Fritz Frapp | 21:28 - 28 January 2012
There was a mistake in the article - the 3DS can also be recharged via USB. Mine is doing so at this moment.
I don't find the Vita compelling enough at this moment, because the price and initial line-up aren't interesting to me; but when it drops to around £150, has a stronger library, and is available in more colours I'll be straight in there. It would be nice if Sony have some PSN solution for UMD owners in place in the near future. I've got about 50 PSP games - I'm not expecting the to be able to have free download copies of the imported ones, but some of the UK titles would be a nice gesture.
Region-locking is an awful move for Nintendo - this alone (never mind the initial price) put me off the 3DS until I gave in when the second wave of software, price cut and new colours all came about at once. It still rankles, but the games - currently playing Res Revelations, Pullblox, and Ace Combat which are all really excellent - are doing more than enough to satiate for now. And the 3DS will have Monster Hunter... I've put nearly 700 hours into Freedom Unite on the PSP, so Tri G is number one on my most wanted list.
In the end, both machines are fantastic and will have excellent libraries. I know I shall have some great times on both in the future, so I echo Aces High's sentiments: Good times!
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shanen09 | 17:55 - 27 January 2012
You can't really compare the two since their targeting differnt age groups. Nitendo is more kiddish and playstation is mainly for teens and young adults. In my opinion both are pretty good , but they both are dissapointing in the sense that nothing completly new is coming , just basically a vevamped psp and a revamped ds. But im still enjoying my 3ds. Cant wait till super smash bros 3ds comes out!!
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Etharius | 16:56 - 27 January 2012
lol at "Random Guy" - Vita kills the 3DS stone dead in the releases department. Gravity Rush is more original than anything on 3DS, Wipeout is a far better racer than Mario Kart (which recycles half of its tracks anyway so barely qualifies as a "new" title) and the only games worth playing on 3DS (outside possibly Mario 3D) are 15 year old ports. Hell, at least Blazblue on Vita is playable, unlike the shockingly poor 3DS effort.

I own a 3DS, and barely use it. I picked it up for Kid Icarus and Metal Gear, and where the hell are they?

Oh, and Vita gets Gundam SEED Battle Destiny this pring, so as far as I'm concerned the 3DS is dead in the water.
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nesgengamer1981 | 13:53 - 27 January 2012
I have lost a lot of respect in nintendo & gamecube really put the final nail in the coffin for me as an fan of nintendo growing up!
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nesgengamer1981 | 13:50 - 27 January 2012
Sony has done an outstanding job thus far with creating an overall unique experience you can't get anywhere else.
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nesgengamer1981 | 13:47 - 27 January 2012
Nintendo's best years was back in the late 80's & the early 90's back when nintendo actually cared more about quality & not quantity & truly made games for gamers of all ages & interests.
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nesgengamer1981 | 13:40 - 27 January 2012
Nintendo's best years was back in the late 80's
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Random Guy | 12:55 - 27 January 2012
Lmao.

Uncharted is a Tomb Raider with inferior paltforming and a cover system, Mod Nation Racers isn't even close to Mario Kart and the rest of it is either crap or overpriced rereleases of inferior versions (like Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Black all the way).

Oh well, at least Vita doesn't run on teh cell.
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ceigered | 12:50 - 27 January 2012
Nice balanced review! I might also add that both handhelds do a good job of emulating their console brethren superbly in graphics (although the 3DS seems to have higher capability for certain shaders, shadows, etc, and while I don't know if Skyward Sword could appear on it with less polygons, it wouldn't surprise me). The Vita should be capable of whatever the 3DS is though with higher polygons, but no 3D. For monovisual people, the Vita would probably win.

Price-wise though I think is an important comparison - the 3DS is cheaper after all.

Internet connectivity has the Vita winning of course, since PSN is up and running and has been for a while, while the 3DS equivalent won't be coming out till an unspecified time (Nintendo Network).

But backwards compatibility is the real stab in the back - the 3DS wins outright here, the lack of the UMD drive is what will push me back from replacing my broken PSP with the Vita, and instead I'll probably buy an E1000 first so I can play my 20 or so UMD games, vs. the small amount of digital games I own.

In the end, things are slanting slightly towards the 3DS if you had a DS/are interested in any major DS games (Pokémon, Okami-den etc) and have a budget. Sony do have the ball in their court, and I'd like to see them use that to their advantage and shift things up a bit with a price drop and better backwards compatibility (since quite a few of my games are UMD only or not PAL region, so they won't appear on the PSN store for digital DL).
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Facelord | 12:42 - 27 January 2012
"You should keep in mind, of course, that this analysis is based on the physical hardware available out of the box and does not take into account the library of games on offer for both systems. This is mainly because the Vita hasn't been on the market long enough for this to be a fair fight."

The Vita's launch games alone are superior to the 3DS' entire lineup right now. I'm a Nintendo fanatic and the 3DS is the single biggest Nintendo-related disappointment I've ever experienced, the library being the worst aspect of the system.
Wipeout, Modnation, Uncharted, Gravity Rush, Lumines, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus > two overpriced N64 remakes, Super Mario 3D Land(the most uncreative Mario game in years), Mario Kart 7(a game that fixes none of the problems from the previous Mario Kart games and fails to impress with the new content), Resident Evil: Revelations and a $40 Tetris game that's inferior to Tetris DS in every way.

3D is a gimmick, a painful gimmick that does NOT add anything new to the experience except migraines and blurred vision. OLED, on the other hand, is the gold standard for screen quality.
The 3DS lacks a second slide pad and Nintendo's throwing a bandage on the original 3DS models in the form of the slide pad add-on peripheral that doubles the size of the 3DS, costs $20 and places the screen in an awkward position. The 3DS isn't even worth looking at until a revised model releases, I'm so glad Nintendo refunded my 3DS due to the effect the thing had on my vision.
The 3DS download store is a joke. It's an utter joke full of shovelware and very few classics available for download. The Vita store will have every single Vita game on it and the list of noteworthy PSone Classics is extremely long.
The 3DS is region locked. The Vita is not. 'Nuff said.
The AR games on the 3DS run at a low framerate and you have to keep your camera right on the card at the right distance and angle for it to work. The Vita's SmartAR technology blows the 3DS' AR out of the water, no contest.
The Vita's Sixaxis motion controls work very well with the OLED screen's perfect viewing angle, the 3DS' 3D effect doesn't work with the motion controls of the system at all.
The 3DS' screens are as low resolution as they possibly could've been without massive uproar from gamers(and are awkwardly two different lengths), the Vita's screen is as high resolution as the thing should be so the thing doesn't run into performance issues while displaying games that almost look PS3-quality.
The Vita is comparable to a PS3. The 3DS is comparable to a Wii.

The only things that could possibly set the 3DS above the Vita are the facts that it supports SD cards and it's a cheaper system, but the Vita is a much more powerful system with more control features, a much, much higher quality screen than the 3DS' and much more foresight on the designers' ends. The 3DS is a joke, I can't believe it launched at $250; on the other end I also can't believe the Vita is $250 for different reasons.

I got a 3DS on day one and refunded it. I'm getting a Vita on day one, it'll feel strange to play games on a Sony system as opposed to a Nintendo one but the 3DS is an abomination not worth my time at all and I'm a handheld gamer, my two choices are to get an Android phone for gaming or a Vita. The choice is pretty obvious.
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Aces High | 12:35 - 27 January 2012
Great article! A draw seems the right result too I guess. As someone that's owned just about every single handheld worth owning (as well as every Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo home console), I read this feature with real interest.

I'll maybe get my mits on a Vita at some point in the coming 12 months or so, but right now I'm absolutely loving my 3DS. If anything, for me at least, I reckon that the Mario and Zelda (and to a lesser extent, StarFox) franchises will always give Nintendo's handheld the edge. But Peter W is bang on the money....the real winner will be us, the gaming consumer. Good times, good times!
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Champ | 12:20 - 27 January 2012
Very good informative article,

Im torn between the 2.

I might just wait until the back end of the year, which I predict I will be deciding between a redesigned 3ds and a cut price vita (i sit and hope)
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MesozoicPrinny | 11:58 - 27 January 2012
GBA SP. Still the best portable ever.
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@davmcintosh | 11:19 - 27 January 2012
Can we do Apples vs Oranges next?
 
 
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