I can’t help but pity the vast majority of idiots on IGN, Gamefaqs and Gamespot who are so narrow-minded, they feel its their obligation to tell the unsuspecting masses only one or the other is worthy of them. I’ve done a couple comparison posts and videos for both consoles already so…yeah.
If you can afford to buy both, buy both.
If you only have a 3DS or sold your 3DS 3+ years ago, there’s alot great games–some ports or remakes–that are on the Vita. I’d know since I own alm0st a third of all the Vita games released in the US.
Here’s 10 games I highly reecommend:
- Persona 4 Golden
- Samurai Warriors 4 (Digital Only)
- Tales of Hearts R
- Warriors Orochi 3 (Digital Only)
- Ys: Memories of Celceta
- Hyderdimension Nepteunia: Rebirth1
- Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (MGS2 and MGS3)
- Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends: Complete Edition
- Dragon’s Crown
- Gravity Rush
- Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD (X-2 is Digital Only; Physical game comes with a download voucher for X-2)
- Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (Also released on the 3DS)
…For those who either didn’t know or think it’s just fanboyism, the Vita actually IS more powerful than both the 3DS and the New 3DS.While both games allow you ro pause-mid game to go to the navigation screen and pick another App, the 3DS is more limited in this regard. With the Vita, you can have multiple games and Apps going at the same time. There’s also the facr the Vita can do many of the non-gaming things the PS3 and PS4 can so…yeah.
The problem is Sony isn’t investing in it. Fortunately for Vita owners, as you can see from my list third-party companies have no problem with it at all. As noted, Conception II was released on both the Vita and the 3DS. I bought the Vita version even though I had both consoles at the time. I bought the Vita version to show Sony the Vita is worth investing in first and as I said, it’s more powerful than the 3DS.
Now let’s talk about the 3DS.
If you only have a Vita or sold your 3DS/2DS in the last 2 years, there’s ALOT of grear games to chose from compared ot the Vita. Emphasis on ALOT here. Considering I own a quarter of the 3DS games released in the U.S., I can say that. Like the Vita there are some ports on the 3DS as well.
Here are 15 Retail 3DS games I highly reccommend:
- Bravely Default*
- Fire Emblem Awakening*
- Super Smash Bros. 3DS
- Super Street Fighter IV (Launch title; Online is still active now)
- Tales of the Abysss
- Shin Megami Tensei IV
- Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning
- Etrian Oddyssey Untold: Millenium Girl
- Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies (Digital Only)
- A-Train 3D: Cities (Digital Only)
- Samurai Warriors: Chronicles
- Crosswords Plus
- Tomodachi Life
- Persona Q: Shadow Labyrinth
- Fantasy Life
* Denotes I have 2 copies of the game
…I purposely left all four 3DS Pokemon games off the list just to give the slots to other games. You’ll notice the 3DS list has a mix of both third party and first party games. It shows many companies consider the 3DS to be a viable system. All of the listed games except A-Train and Ace Attorney have Streetpass. I have two 3DS Consoles myself so…yeah.
I have two digital copies of Bravely Default. One on each of my 3DS consoles. I have a Physical copy of Fire Emblem Awakening and A digital copy as well. And yes I bought all the DLC in both copies. The 3DS shows no signs of slowing down despite the release of the New 3DS. That said, I view the New 3DS the same as I view the DSi. It has alot of enhanced features but for rigth now, the 3DS is the main console.
It’s been a few years since the 3DS was released and is very affordable. It sells for $130 to $150 though the 2DS and even some 3DS bundles sell for $100. The Vita sells for $170 though some bundles sell for $200. The 64GB Vita Memory Card runs for about $90 but trust me, it’s the only one you’ll ever need XD
So the next time someone tries to tell you the 3DS/Vita is better than the Vita/3DS, show them this blog post.
I will concede that if you had to pick just one, pick the 3DS simply because of the massive 1st Party Support.The Sttreetpass and Spotpass Features give you reason to carry it around with you. When you carry your 3DS in public, you may walk past other people with a 3DS and none of you will know. The 3DS consoles will know and they will exchange some data depending on the software. Spotpass works the same way but for people further away via the internet. As a reminder, Sony recently scaled back the Vita’ Near feature (the Vita equivalent of Streetpass).
If you want a more powerful handheld on the other hand, then you want the Vita. Just keep in mind that if you buy the Vita you’re also going to need to spend an additional $30-$90 for a Memory Card. It’s worth buying the 64GB so by extension you’re spending $260 for the full Vita. If you have a PS3 or PS4 already, I assume you have Playstation Plus. If not, get it. It’s worth getting it for the INSANE discounts and monthly free game offered via The Playstation Network. As a reminder, Nintendo doesn’t give away retail games for free.
Ok, I think I’ve gone one long enough. Share this with as many people as possible ^_^