Rumors are circulating around the web that claim developers allegedly prefer the Nintendo 3DS console of the Sony Playsation Vita.
According to recent studies, game creators are increasingly shifting their sights to Nintendo 3DS, a handheld device which launched last year but ended up getting itself buried in oblivion. What makes this whole situation unusual is that it goes against the usual pattern. Developers are normally hyped by the product that releases first, then shift to whichever launches next. This time, developers were giving Vita a lot of traction when it hasn’t even launched yet before they gave 3DS preference.
And even odder, Japanese newspaper Nikkei reported that game makers were disappointed with 3DS. The device picked up at a very slow pace when it launched in 2011. Horrible sales topped with technical problems, 3DS was a flop. Sony said there were lessons learned from observing the failure of Nintendo 3DS, and expects Vita’s US and Europe launch to flourish.
But this doesn’t seem like something that Sony worries so much about. According to Sony SVP Scott Rhode, this is part of the so-called natural developer cycle. There will be times when developers will “go build games for Zynga and the Facebook platform. And there’s another time when you see everyone is going to do smaller iPad games, or iOS games in general. Then it was PS3, it was 360, it’s Vita, it’s 3DS. It’s always, constantly changing.”
I don’t really see the situation favoring Nintendo 3DS for a very long time. Sony will somehow manage to win back the attention that is due to Vita.