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3DS and Vita Face Tough Battle Against Smartphones 138

An article at the Opposable Thumbs blog looks at the struggle between portable gaming devices and smartphones with access to a plethora of inexpensive games. "...most games simply have to be 'good enough' and convenient. If you already have a smartphone and an hour to kill, plenty of top-notch games can be downloaded in a minute for a dollar. With the 3DS or Vita, you're being asked to buy expensive hardware and then feed it with games that cost $40 and up. Smartphones also present a compelling deal for small, adventurous developers: it's inexpensive to create a game for these platforms, and developers don't have to worry about physical storefronts, packaging design, or cartridge manufacturing. Sony is now pushing for a digital platform that relies heavily on downloads with the Vita, but Nintendo still seems to believe the future rests with expensive, physical carts. Trying to buy one of the few digital games available on the 3DS via the system's e-shop is a slow, frustrating process."
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3DS and Vita Face Tough Battle Against Smartphones

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  • Re:Oh yes, (Score:4, Funny)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Tuesday August 16, 2011 @07:29AM (#37105316) Journal
    I'm told that there is an eldrich evil beyond mortal understanding entombed under Nintendo's headquarters. If they don't release a '3-D' gimmick that sucks and craters every so often, it will be unleashed upon the world...

    Somewhere between 2025 and 2026, it is expected that cracks in the earth will again start devouring interns and releasing mephitic vapors in the lower levels of their HQ, and they'll start development of the next one.

    In between these so-called 'darkest blasphemy appeasement' periods, Nintendo will follow a sensible strategy of releasing fairly well designed and popular games on inexpensive hardware, in their selfless quest to remain solvent and stockpile enough cash to be able to survive their next round of saving humanity...

    True facts.

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