Are Nintendo and Sony making the same Mistakes with Next Gen Gaming

Nintendo and Sony PS4 vs Wii U

Nintendo and Sony are competitors in the next-gen console war with Nintendo’s Wii U and Sony’s PS4. Putting Microsoft’s Xbox One aside (being the Ps4’s top competitor) why would someone think to compare the lead in the next-gen console market with the suffering Wii U? Nintendo and Sony are making very similar mistakes in gaming just in different ways.

Nintendo is a classic company that has recently taken over handheld gaming. With mobile gaming on the rise Nintendo has stiff competition and still somehow triumphs in handheld gaming. The 3DS is amazing and is quite frankly leading Nintendo in any recent success that it had seen. Nintendo, however, is making mistakes with the Wii-U. It is no secret that Nintendo has seen its better days in the console market and the Wii U is truly where Nintendo is facing its biggest problems.

Sony, while dealing with gaming, on the other hand is succeeding with the PS4. Their next-gen console is exactly what gamers want and that’s why gamers are buying it. Where Sony lacks significantly is in the handheld market with the PS Vita. Like the Wii U, since day one The PS Vita could have done better. It’s an impressive little handheld but it’s notorious for being unsuccessful and having a lack of games much like the Wii U. The PS Vita has tried hard to be more appealing with direct connection to the PS4 and its own re-release but never the less it still isn’t appealing to gamers as Sony would have hoped.

Nintendo and Sony have the same issues just facing different markets. What is going on in gaming with Nintendo and Sony is undoubtedly helping and hurting the companies at the same time. Needless to say, so far, Nintendo’s Wii U and Sony’s PS Vita are damaging to the companies. The investments made by Nintendo and Sony with each system isn’t really small in terms of finances.

What are your thoughts on the Wii U and PS Vita? Do these financial losses pose as a large blow to Nintendo and Sony in the gaming market or do they pose as insignificant? Nintendo and Sony are power house companies they will always thrive, we are just curious about their mistakes and how remarkably similar and very opposite they are.

7 Comments on Are Nintendo and Sony making the same Mistakes with Next Gen Gaming

  1. What mistakes?

  2. Heather, I haven’t even read all of the article yet, but based on the very beginning, I think, even if I agree with you in the end, it’s going to be difficult to take the article as reputable gaming journalism…Nintendo did not, by any stretch of any video-game knowledgeable human being’s imagination, RECENTLY take over handheld gaming. Nintendo took over handheld gaming with the Game Boy. It never has looked back, and no one has even come close! Please don’t say things like this in the future.

    • I think you are missing the point of the piece and it is also practically imperative that you read the entire article to understand what is trying to be said. For instance, is this a statement you disagree with? “The 3DS is amazing and is quite frankly leading Nintendo in any recent success..”

  3. After reading your editorial, I almost understand what you are trying to say. [EDITED OUT DUE TO INSIGNIFICANCE TO THE TOPIC AND SITE POLICIES]
    So, I think you are trying to say that the public perception of the Wii U and Vita are similar, in that they are both good products, but consumers may not be aware of the features or quality of the hardware, or maybe perhaps the public aren’t aware of the number and/or quality of games available. For example, Wii U has more 8+ rated games than PS4 and XONE combined. Also, Wii U has more games overall than most people would even imagine, with approximately 100 games available for Wii U. PS Vita has very similar graphical capabilities as the PS3, and Wii U is much more akin to the PS4 than the anti-Nintendo crowd would like people to think.
    So, yes. The Wii U and Vita are similar, in that they are both quality hardware with poor public perception. Hopefully that will change…for the Wii U anyway, there’s a lot of home console potential in that machine. Vita? Not interested. ;0)

  4. Vita has been selling alot in Japan, on par with 3DS.
    WiiU isn’t selling anywhere.

    That’s the difference.

  5. S.McConaghy // April 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm // Reply

    I stopped reading at “Nintendo…. has recently taken over handheld gaming.” Nintendo has always had a stranglehold on the market. The technically superior, albeit flawed Game Gear and/or PSP (I can’t speak on the Vita) couldn’t overtake Big N’s market dominance. The author clearly doesn’t know what she’s talking about.

    And just to be clear, I am not a Nintendo fanboy. If anything, I’m a Sega fanboy.

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