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Posted 6/22/15 , edited 4/28/16
The Vita is really only worth it if you like JRPG's and importing. Otherwise, the 3DS is a better buy.
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Posted 6/22/15
I have both but my 3ds gets more use.
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Posted 6/22/15 , edited 6/22/15
i only own a ps vita while my sister has 3ds xl. based on graphical power & specs, ps vita has the edge. the only ps vita's fault is that sony is treating it like an abandoned child after ps4 was born. don't expect a 1st party title anymore or a good western title after killzone mercenaries (it shows how ps vita can actually do). much of the western titles would be damn indies.
the brighter side is theres a wide variety japanese titles in the making esp. your an anime fan. the only problem is how it would be localized in the US or english. 2 of the games im waiting for localizations are J Stars Victory VS & Fighting Climax which are open for pre-orders in amazon right now. my current favorite is Moe Chronicles considering its an english asian version & no censorship.
the great potential is in there but how long sony would be a bad parents on this underacheiver
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Posted 6/24/15

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Hi, I have two questions for people on crunch. Number 1, which console would you recommend and number 2 is play-asia.com a good website to buy the console off of?


I'd recommend 3DS solely because it has more games I like on it than the Vita, but I don't know if that's the case for you.

I know that the Vita is a stronger system when you compare the two purely by their hardware, but that's also kinda it's downfall because developers (mostly western) think that they HAVE to use 100% of the hardware and make the games look as best they can, which makes the dev process expensive... which in turn makes them drop the idea because it'd be improbable they'd even get the money they put into it back.

I'd recommend you go peruse some random "top 10/25/whatever" lists for both of the consoles to see if there actually are any games on either system that you want to play, and then make your decision based on that.

As for the second question, I've no personal experience with play-asia, but I haven't heard anyone say anything bad about it. Do note that if you end up buying a 3DS, that it's a region locked system, meaning you can only play games from the same region you bought the console from. Unless you can read japanese, I'd get an american system. Even if you're european (because europe gets F***ED with releases time and time again - just take a look at Shin Megami Tensei IV release dates <_<). The Vita though, is not region locked, so just get it from where you can find the best price for it.
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I personally prefer the hardware and design of the Vita over the 3DS. However, as a long term investment, I would recommend the 3DS just because of the bigger support it's getting from Nintendo America. The reason I love my Vita is because many of the older games from the PS 1 and PS2 era are on it. But there doesn't seem to be that much too look forward to at this point. Also, even though the Vita has all the Persona games in the PS Network, the 3DS actually has a lot of the other Shin Megami Tensei games on it, which is a series I really enjoy.
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Posted 6/24/15
sadly sadly sadly sadly "Real mobile gaming" is dying. Who wants to pay $40 for something they can get for a dollar on a iphone? I have a vita and use it a lot but Unless they start creating some experiences that can't be experienced anywhere else the market is just gonna go more and more towards smart phone apps.

That being said I'd go with a Vita unless you're a old man weaboo :3
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Posted 6/24/15
Fire emblem!
screw mobile phone games!
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Posted 6/30/15


I bought both a 3ds and Vita for JRPGs which means a lot of Atlus games. When they come out they tend to be $49 for the 3ds and $39 for the Vita. I'm not counting collectors editions.
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Posted 6/30/15
I have a launch 3DS (non-XL) and a Vita. Both have relatively small libraries compared to their predecessors, the DS and the PSP, but are both extremely enjoyable systems, IMO. Vita is my go-to for JRPGs, and it is extremely import-friendly, but I give the 3DS a slight edge because the Nintendo eShop is a gold mine for classics, whereas the Vita version of the PSN Store is buggy, glitchy, and prone to crashing almost every time I use it.

I am also a long-time Play Asia customer, thanks to my love for Super Robot Wars. They tend to be a little expensive, but they have never once let me down. (It is also worth noting that they are good about including pre-order bonuses.)
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Posted 7/1/15 , edited 7/1/15
I have no problems downloading to my Vita from PSN. The PSN is 100 times better when it comes to eShop games. You can also get PSP and some PS1 games. The big plus with the 3DS that it is BC with DS carts.
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Totally late but I was Just searching about a topic like this cause I'm curious, if I need to upgrade my DS to 3DS XL. Vita has a library of PSP & PS1 games. It's true that Vita have less library but somehow just looking through DS' library, I only have 20 less games that I might play that I'm into.... unless maybe if there will be a really awesome 3DS game (Maybe Fire Emblem? but I'm not quite there yet to buy it). If you can read Japanese, Vita is awesome since there's a lot of games you can play... Visual Novels, Ecchi/Moe anime games, & JRPGs.

Play-Asia is okay... bought some Japanese games there when amazon didn't have one.

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Posted 4/22/16 , edited 4/22/16
3DS is a low tech but aesthetically pleasing system that comes in an abundance of colors and designs (always been a big fan of the clamshell). The library is great for it's size and western support. Of course, you get your full helping of Nintendo's 1st party titles like Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Zelda, and Pokemon. Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem arguably had their best entries this generation. Series like Ace Attorney, Monster Hunter, Bravely Default, Detective Layton, Etrian Odyssey, Harvest Moon (now Story of Seasons), and Rune Factory are pretty exclusive to it. It also gets a lot of the Shin Megami Tensei series (except Persona). If you're a fan of Platformers and indies, the eshop is a haven for them. Backwards Compatibility with the DS's huge library and the 3D Classics line up (particularly Sega's) are also big pluses for the system.

Vita has the superior tech without question (though the color choices are pretty low unless you import) but it hasn't had much in the way of western support outside of indies and PS3 cross buys. But it has all the niche JRPG's, anime tie-ins, visual novels, moe, ecchi, Persona, and Hatsune Miku you could want in a system. The selection gets even bigger if you import since the Vita unlike the 3DS is region free. The fighting game selection is also stronger than the 3DS which is something to consider if you're a fan of those. Plus playing PS classics on the go is a sweet deal since our PS3 was sold and I'm more of a handheld gamer anyway. All of the above are reasons I bought it though I'm still building up my library since I've had it a much shorter time than I've had my 3DS. Lack of BC kind of sucks but I didn't have much of a PSP library to begin with (actually I only bought a second hand one to play the AKB48 dating sim game) and yeah, those memory card prices are pretty ridiculous.

Tbh, I'd recommend getting both if you can especially if you're an RPG fan but I'm the type that usually invests in multiple gaming systems each gen anyway.
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Posted 4/22/16
As much as i want the Vita to succeed, I play my 3DS more and the fact that all my friends have a 3DS it's almost impossible for me to play my Vita just to show them any good games. We all say that the day Monster Hunter returns to Playstation is the day they would buy a Vita. I do like the fact that the Vita has a lot of indie games. I don't have to carry my laptop around even though the purposes of having a one is portability.

as for looking for consoles on play-asia, its pretty good. I usually buy my game related items in amazon just because of the free shipping they offer.
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Posted 4/24/16
You have a wider variety of games on 3DS, you have oppai and better looking games on Vita. I have both but played neither the past 5 or so months.
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Posted 4/28/16
both are decent handheld consoles both have good verity of games id recomend both to friends bepending on what type of games there looking for normaly but personally i just play my vita mostly now for toukliden and freedom wars and neptunia
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