It’s the same thing we’ve all been saying for years about Nintendo: where’s the third party support? The first party titles, even as predictable as they’ve become lately, (Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong etc), are by far the best games available on any Nintendo platform.
So what about the price drop? Nintendo recently lowered the price of the 3DS from a reasonable $249.99 to the bargain price of just $169.99. Why the drop? The pleasant surprise for the rest of world that was the $249.99 price point of the PS Vita wasn’t such pleasant news for Nintendo. Nintendo knows the 3DS hardware can’t compete with the PS Vita at the same price point and was forced to react.
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It seems Nintendo didn’t anticipate Sony’s handheld entering the market at such a competitive price, and judging by Sony’s history when it comes to pricing hardware, it’s not hard to see why. But the reality is that because of Nintendo’s misjudgment on the Vita’s price, the 3DS may suffer in this generation’s handheld war.
But what it will really come down to is software.
Even with arguably better hardware and a larger base for third party support, if the PS Vita goes the way of the PSP, that is if Sony allows developers to continue to make terrible ports of PS3 games for the Vita, Nintendo still may walk away from this thing as the victor.