In today's portable edition of Speak Up on Kotaku, commenter Domini N wonders when everyone is going to get around to forecasting the death of the PS Vita like they did with the 3DS last year.
You know, I really, really don't want to have to say this, but why have I seen no "Vita is DOOOOMMMMMEEED!!!!!! " articles on Kotaku, or any game news site for that matter? During the summer of last year, every major gaming site was jumping on the 3DS hate wagon, calling it a failure, stating it was doomed, etc. At that point in its life, the 3DS had sold 4-5 million units. Keep in mind that this was before the supposed killer apps came out, a decision I agree is utterly stupid on Nintendo's part. Still, everyone knew they were on the horizon, but continued to bash the system/Nintendo in their actions.
The Vita has been out for a longer period of time in terms of day one sales anywhere, has had at least 3 "Killer" games (Uncharted, Gravity Rush, and Persona 4: The Golden) be released in various regions, and the system has managed to sell anywhere from 50-66% of what the 3DS sold at this point in time. So why aren't we getting few, if any "Vita is a failure" articles? I mean, the general ideas I'm getting from the gaming media is to wait until the holidays before you can call it doomed. Why is everyone acting so hopeful for the Vita, but were constantly bashing the 3DS at this point last year?
I'm not trying to bash the Vita or praise the 3DS, as I have the later and am planning to pick up the former when Persona 4: The Golden comes out. I'm just asking a question that I don't really see being addressed. Maybe I've not been looking in the right locations or I haven't seen them, but I'm just not getting it.
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