Why Nintendo Crushed Sony’s Heart On Valentines Day: 3DS Stomps Vita

Isn’t it a grand day? It’s Valentines day after all, the day of romance and love. This is the day that people share their adoration for their significant other more than any other. It’s a day of hearts, roses, and chocolates. Well apparently Nintendo is one that forgot what today is and Sony definitely won’t be sending any chocolates or roses their way. It’s actually rather ironic that Nintendo chose today, Valentines day, to hold their Nintendo Direct Conference online.

Everyone knows that the Vita and 3DS are the two significant portable systems on the market when it comes to hardcore gaming. Sure portable phones and tablets have captured their fair share of the market, but for the premium gaming experience on the go, these two are the logical choice for those that want to play games as they would on a home console. To this point, the 3DS and Nintendo have captured their market, even during the rough points that were seen upon launch. Though many still love their original DS systems, the 3DS is the next logical step for those looking for an upgrade. Of course many would have said that the 3DS didn’t have a leg to stand on when the Vita was launching because it looked as though Sony had provided gamers with exactly what they were looking for. Since the launch though, the Sony handheld has found nothing but turbulent times and weak support from both developers and consumers. Mean while the 3DS just kept plugging away.

Games like Awakening have proven Nintendo is in it for the Hardcore gamers too!

Games like Awakening have proven Nintendo is in it for the Hardcore gamers too!

If the Vita had any life left in it heading into today’s conference, it has even less now. While Sony has seemingly shifted its focus away from the portable marketplace to the home market instead with their upcoming February 20th unveiling of what looks to be the PS4, Nintendo has yet again proven why it is the king of portables. Picture this, the Vita is a pretty girl all dressed up and ready to go out for Valentines Day, awaiting her date the much desired portable marketplace. While it is known that he, the marketplace, has a shared interest in both the 3DS and the Vita and will be taking them both out, both are ok with this and have accepted each others individual space. Well at the stroke of 8PM, awaiting his arrival, the portable marketplace shows up with the 3DS on his arm, and mocking the Vita, both flip the bird to her and speed away. An interesting analogy for sure,  and probably a little weird but that is exactly what happened today.

The 3DS during the Nintendo Direct conference ate up most of the show and proved its supremacy with a huge list of newly unveiled games both on the eShop and in cartridge form. Though not all the games were new to us, it was also shown that Nintendo is staking its claim to the downloadable content market as well and extending the life of its lineup. While the show kicked off with Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, a game that we have been eagerly awaiting, new developments came about from the game play and what to expect. It was discovered that the game will launch with a multiplayer mode, both local and online called Scare Scrapper, and will have multiple mansions and not just one. The next two that were unveiled were new to all, with a new iteration into the RPG universe for Mario and Luigi in Mario and Luigi: Dream Team. The game will focus around the sidekick brother, Luigi, and around his strange and quirky dreams. The next was the newest release in the Mario Sports lore, in Mario Golf: World Tour for the 3DS. The game looks to build upon the same formula it has for many years, but with easy simple controls that will entice new players to the action. The games were also said to launch, all, within the next 4 months.

If that wasn’t enough to wet your whistle, then the next set should surely do the trick. It was confirmed that the next game in the famous Animal Crossing series will launch on June 9th with loads of content to keep the Animal Crossing fans satisfied for a good chunk of time. In addition to that, will come the launch of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D which is a port of the critically acclaimed title for the Wii. Not to mention that it was also discovered that Fire Emblem: Awakening will have multiple map packs, one that is free until March 9th, that will also introduce more playable characters and areas to explore. On top of that a slew of eShop games including a new Bit Trip Saga were also shown. Today alone, Nintendo announced about as many games coming in the next few months as Sony has for the Vita all this year.

The 3DS looked to be on hard times, as stated previously upon launch, but Nintendo is going out of its way now to ensure that gamers will continue to make Nintendo the first choice in portable gaming. The issue for the Vita is it seems as though Sony treats it like the annoying little sibling that you never wanted your friends to see, always trying hide them away wishing they would just be forgotten. If Sony doesn’t do something quick, the Vita will be just that.

Every console, no matter the format, fights to stay within the race with others of its generation. When another makes a move, its likely that the other will counter with something heavy of their own. This is Nintendo’s second conference in as many months and all they have brought to the table is confirmations of new games that are exciting gamers and building the hype around what is looking to be one of Nintendo’s strongest years in terms of support from games for their consoles. Sony on the other hand has not and desperately needs to make a move soon, at least for the Vita, that shows that they are still supporting their powerful device. Like a game of chess, its about strategy, with no strategy you don’t stand a chance.

DK has always enjoyed crushing barrels, but today he did something bigger and crushed a Vita!

DK has always enjoyed crushing barrels, but today he did something bigger and crushed a Vita!

Sony will steal the spot light next week when they “Show Us the Future“, but forgetting about the past is only going to put Sony deeper into a place where they don’t want to be. Their financial struggles are no secret and allowing the Vita to continue in the fight with nothing to work with, is only going to cost them in the end. Nintendo is keeping their virtual peddle to the metal, and they don’t look to be letting off; let us not forget that we haven’t even come close to E3 yet and we have all these great options hitting before or around that time frame. Maybe this is the direction that Nintendo is choosing and they have a weak E3 because of it and the Vita is shown its love all at one time, but don’t bet on that because Nintendo is seemingly learning from its mistakes of the past and supporting their system with games that keep the fan-boys coming back for more.

The ball is now in Sony’s court and its time for them to put up or shut up, but I guess you at least have to speak to make that analogy work. The Vita is officially on life support after today and is in need of a shot of adrenaline to keep it going. They need to do something to keep its weak heart pumping before its game over. Its Valentines day, and while its a day about love, Nintendo and its 3DS had another plan in mind; crushing Sony and its Vita’s heart in the course of 37 minutes. Checkmate.

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Written By Nick

Nick is a man obsessed with all things related to film. From the most obscure to the very popular, he’s seen it all and hopes to one day turn his obsession into a career that makes a lot of money so he can buy a monkey, a bulldog, and a full size Batman suit.

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Nick is a man obsessed with all things related to film. From the most obscure to the very popular, he's seen it all and hopes to one day turn his obsession into a career that makes a lot of money so he can buy a monkey, a bulldog, and a full size Batman suit.

  • ramonsuX

    what a s#$&ty article…

  • MrFrodo

    lol… 3ds fan boys article..

  • Aaron

    Well, I’m sorry you feel that way, but unfortunately the truth sometimes hurts. Though I own a 3DS, yes, and am very much looking forward to the releases of these games announced today; I love the Vita and have owned a couple.

    Its a great system and the article is geared toward the fact that, though it is hard to admit for Vita lovers, but its like the 3DS is bringing Mike Tyson to fight against the likes of myself. I wouldn’t stand a chance. I want the Vita to succeed as much as any because the more consoles there are, the better the market is for all. A monopoly doesn’t help consumers in the least.

    In the end, though an opinion piece, today proved that Nintendo is flexing its muscle and packing the heat with the Vita square in its sights. The facts are there and though its hard to stomach, its the truth, Sony has nothing planned for the Vita that they have even hinted at and even crushed rumors about anything Vita related on Feb. 20th. For Sony its about the future and as of right now, and as of now, it doesn’t look like the Vita is fitting into those plans.

    Sad, but true.

  • Aaron

    See comment below….

  • Aaron

    See comment below….

  • MrFrodo

    what a S H I T T Y comment

  • Karu

    and ps3 is crushing the wii u ! Sad, but true

  • tanto

    sony ponys are unbelievable

  • tanto

    The ps3 is last place globally this gen. It had 7 years to turn it around. The wii u just started and has plenty of time

  • tanto

    the 3ds is not only the top selling system globally and has been for over a year already, best library of games I want to play this year

  • tanto

    This article has been hit by n4g trolls. Its why n4g is considered a laughing stock

  • Ken Kutaragi

    No, the author is right. You’re so pissed when sony gets anal in Japan by Nintendo. Your lonely life is not good for you, sorry. Back to my favorite console… the Wii U :) !

  • Karu

    a last place globally crushing the wii u ” a next gen console”, embarrasing ! Sad, but true… And I dont need to write an article about it, because im not a TROLL, and i have a Wii U… try to cry less…

  • http://gravatar.com/douchevader DarthDiggler

    Wait do you like Nintendo stuff? I couldn’t tell from your article here.


  • Karu

    You are waiting sony fans be quit, after this Troll article? you are unbelievable an stupid !

  • Aiddon

    The Vita just showed that Sony didn’t learn from the missteps of the PSP and PS3. They tried to do the outpowering strategy again and it failed. Again. They have no product for it and they almost don’t seem to care. The price point also doesn’t help

  • Aaron

    Whew, quite the conversation brewing on here.

    First, in response to liking Nintendo stuff, yes, I do enjoy Nintendo’s offerings. I will preface my statement with that, but I will follow it up with the fact that I am a fan of Video Games. Honestly, I have had pretty much every system there is out there and enjoy them all. My favorite series happens to be Uncharted, which is of course a Sony Exclusive. I love the release for the Vita as well, Golden Abyss, a great game and what the Vita should have a lot more of.

    The point of the matter is that the Vita is continuing to struggle with getting games that are prevalent and when they do they are weak offerings or ports from other systems/games that have already been out for quite some time. A perfect example is COD and Resistance BS. COD turned out to be a DISASTER because of the decisions by Sony and not demanding a more refined title. Then on top of that they decide to not only have a different studio put out Resistance, their own flagship game, but then turned COD over to them for development after a sub-par offering from Resistance. This is just another case of Sony’s bad decisions with a GREAT system.

    I cant emphasize enough about the fact that the Vita is the best portable on the market; it just so happens to be the one that struggles for substantial titles and excitement around it because of Sony’s own wrongdoings with the decisions they have made with the games, its lack of third party interest/ effort to bring them to it, and its marketing. Sony is its own worst enemy here, not the Vita, Sony. Sony is the one that has made this system’s bed, it’s just unfortunate that a superior system like Vita has to lie in it.

    If you are a fan of gaming, their is no doubt that you have enjoyed Nintendo’s game offerings. Is it your first choice of the current generation or next generation? Most likely not, but there is no disputing the number of quality titles that exist on the 3DS and what is coming. Fire Emblem Awakening, Resident Evil Revelations, Paper Mario Sticker Star, Mario Kart, Kid Icarus Uprising, Professor Layton, New Super Mario Bros 2, Kingdom Hearts 3D, Code of Princess etc. are all exclusives. You want ports, Metal Gear Solid 3D, Tales of the Abyss 3D, Devil Survivor, Star Fox 64 3D, Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D, and I can keep going. All of which are fantastic games to play on the 3DS.

    The ports though are all the Vita really has that are good titles, with the exception of Uncharted GA, LBP Vita, and Assassin’s Creed III Liberation. There are a couple of average titles, such as Hot Shots, and Army Corpse from Hell, and Touch my Katamarti. Aside from those there are great ports for the Vita, but even those are worn thin in terms of sheer numbers and in some cases quality as well. Sure there are great ones like P4G, NFS: MW, and the MLB franchise, but they are ports…. not stand alone titles that make people want to buy a Vita.

    All this article is about is proof that the 3DS will continue to reign supreme in the portable marketplace UNTIL the Vita offers more and Sony shows its support for its own flesh and blood. Nintendo is doing that, maybe third party developers are not as strong in the portable marketplace, and I believe that is across the board, but if you release a system then YOU, the company that produced it, needs to pick up the slack if you want it to see healthy sales and create a market for it. This is not about the PS3 versus Wii U, this is about the 3DS versus the Vita. This isn’t fan-boyism either, these are the facts. Call it what you will, but coming from a fan of video Games and simply that (wanting the Vita to do more), if you cant see the facts here…. then its sounds like the fanboys are lying on the other side of the fence.

    Please keep the comments coming, this is a great discussion, no matter where the traffic is coming from or what side of the debate you stand on. I love that the N4G community is getting involved on here. Please keep it up!