Wednesday, February 9, 2011

3DS vs NGP : Which Next Generation Portable Is The Right One For You??

Well 2010 was quite a year for gaming; we had such epic things as the release of Halo : Reach, Gran Turismo 5, the unveiling of Nintendo's newest upcoming addition to their handheld family the Nintendo 3DS and also news of the long awaited sequel to Duke Nukem. 2011 is following in similar stride as one of the major gaming announcements for this year so far is Sony's newest upcoming Handheld platform called the NGP (Next Generation Portable).

Nintendo 3DS

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Now i can't say i'm not biased but i am trying to be impartial; so lemme start this off with some gaming history education. We all know that Nintendo started it all as far as portable gaming went for the most part. Their first notable competitor in that aspect was the Sega Gamegear and we basically all know how that turned out, few people still own or know what a Gamegear is. Now fast forward to the year 2004 after Nintendo has had the portable gaming world in a monopoly releasing handheld after handheld since 1989; we see Sony join the fray with it's own handheld the PSP.
Since then it has truly been an uphill fight for Sony going toe-to-toe with the handheld giant Nintendo but they never turned away from the fight and have made alot of headway in the portable gaming field solidifying their own fair portion of the market. With that being said many saw the PSP as the more grown and sexy addition to the handheld market over the Nintendo DS. This was primarily because thats who Nintendo seemingly catered most of there promotions and games to.
As such many of the old Nintendo fans grew tired and restless of the seemingly endless supply of kid oriented ad campaigns and video games being released and jumped ship to the PSP even if only for a time. Nintendo gradually realised their fault and sought to fix it by releasing vintage games bringing back the lost era of awesomeness of thier video games that had made them famous in the first place ie. Zelda, Metroid, Kirby.

Back on base however the 3DS is definitely something new and innovative and what we have come to expect from Nintendo. the concept of playing your games in 3-D without the aid of those clunky 3-D glasses is enough to have all gamers jumping for joy and it will definitely be a big industry changer as far as gaming and handheld gaming go. On the flip side of that coin however is the NGP which although isn't using breaking technology it is fine tuning existing technology and taking it to a whole other level. taking the gamer and increasing the interactivity between gamer and player is and should always be a major goal of a video game company.

Since there is no way to see the Nintendo 3DS in actual action i present this dramatization of what it is like and also this video of what game play is like on the NGP.


February 9, 2011 at 8:09 PM

NGP for the win!!!!!!!!

February 9, 2011 at 8:52 PM

PSP to di world

February 9, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Cool blog! I'm PSP all the way, but i think in terms of sales I'll give it to da 3DS, coz its gonna b cheaper, appeals to the kids and that whole 3D screen is gonna interest a lot of people! also the games that they got lined up to release with it.

February 9, 2011 at 9:48 PM

yea that has always been the biggest perk to Nintendo is that they sell their stuff affordable which is also why i was saying that its like its a toned down kiddie systems compared to the more grown up PSP which has all these additional features and interactivity.

February 11, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Sony's devices are usually always superior to their comparative competitors in terms of raw hard. Even limiting it only to the consoles. The only time a console was more 'hi-tech' than sony's was with the original x-box and that's only because it was released that much later. But as we all know having better hardware doesn't mean much when your competitors got superior software. Nintendo knows what the majority of game purchasers want and make their products accordingly, so they will always sell tons of their stuff. The psp2 (I refuse to call it ngp *yuck*) will sell well and have great content for hardcore gamers. 3DS will sell much more with old rehashes of their classic stuff.

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