Is development already switching from the PS Vita to the 3DS?

Take this with a pinch of salt, since it’s still a rumour and has no evidence behind it, but something very interesting has been mentioned in a recent Gamasutra article.  Apparently, a major source in the Japanese video game industry mentions that:

Major Japanese companies are canceling all projects intended for the Vita and are changing development to the 3DS

Now, Sony obvious denies this, saying that the quote is extremist, exaggerated and not hinting at a real trend.  But is it possible that quite a few developers really have given up on the Playstation Vita and are moving their big franchises to the 3DS?  Because the sales for Sony’s competitor console have indeed been flat recently, and the initial reaction to the thing hasn’t been anywhere near as positive as expected in Japan.  There were even months the original PSP was outselling its supposed successor, a very awkward situation if there was one.

If this news is true, it paints a very bleak picture for the PSP’s future, and more to the point, a very positive one for the 3DS. Who can honestly not want more triple A titles from major Japanese publishers on the 3DS?  To have many of the console’s exclusives become 3DS exclusives can only be a good thing, can it not?

Imagine say, Capcom cancelling their PS Vita titles and then announcing Mega Man 12 for the 3DS or such like.  That’s the kind of thing the quote implies could happen if this rumour turns out to be true.

So is it possible Japanese developers are already giving up on the Playstation Vita and moving all development to the 3DS?


First 3DS Downloadable Content Released… in Japan

But thankfully, it’s neither expensive nor for any game you care about, so it’s not as if you’re going to be having to pay for extra Mario Kart characters or tracks, or Mario 3D Land levels.  No, instead, it’s for an unknown app called ‘Tobidasu Print Club Kiradeco Revolution’, which allows you to edit photos taken with the 3DS camera.

Nintendo has released three decorative kits, costing about 100 yen or 80p each, one with a spring theme, one with a Mario Kart theme and one with a general Mario theme.  You can see these in the pictures below:

Personally, I don’t care for any of this.  It also doesn’t help the image quality of the stamps or whatever is pretty much terrible, and you can see the white outline where Nintendo have cut it out from official artwork with Microsoft Paint.

But it’s here, downloadable content is on the way!

Tekken 3D Launch Trailer

New launch trailer for Tekken 3D!  Haven’t watched it yet, but it’s supposedly a fairly decent trailer for the game.

What do you think of it?

Kingdom Hearts 3D; New Trailer

A new trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3D, supposedly known as a ‘special’ trailer for whatever reason I cannot quite figure out.  Still, it can be seen here:

And I guess it should make a few people a bit more excited for the game, don’t you think?

Nintendo 3DS Download Games News; Quarth and True Rememberance

Neither seem particularly interesting games, with one being an old Game Boy puzzle game that I don’t think happened to be too popular back in the day (at least, I can’t find much evidence of the game being a cult classic or anything), and one being a visual novel which weirdly doesn’t even use the 3D that the 3DS is named after.

So, what do they look like?  Well here’s Quarth:

Or at least, its page and default screenshot on Nintendo of Japan’s virtual console page.  Eh, I think I’ll pass on this one.

And here’s True Rememberance.  It’s a visual novel which for some reason needs save slots.  No idea why, visual novels I hear aren’t exactly ‘difficult’ games.

Still, my opinion personally?  Forget any of those average games and buy Wario Land Super Mario Land 3 instead, that game is both awesome, somewhat challenging and actually fun to play.  See the next post for more info on that.