« on: February 13, 2011, 06:18:51 AM »
I do agree on the power factor, graphics, and other factors that have been mentioned previously. Handhelds usually are less powerful, the games are usually shorter, easier and cheaper to make, and they simply cannot do as much as consoles.
1. You also cannot invite your friends over and all play your handheld. For multiplayer, everyone must have their own console. Then you can have only one console for the family if you choose to.
2. The graphics of the games, and the stories, and features of them. Console games have more gameplay time, their storylines are usually more engaging...they are becoming more and more like movies today. Console games usually will have more gameplay modes and online features than their handheld counterparts.
3. This gaming generation, the consoles have gotten more firmware updates and features added to them than the handheld. Yeah, the PSP has been updated a lot, but the Nintendo DS, that will be starting with the 3DS mostly. Console games have add-on, costume packs, and other DLC you can download.
4. Consoles provide more of an social outlet, especially today with stuff like online gaming and Playstation Home. You can do more than just talk online and you can meet friends using your console today.
5. Finally, these days when people buy a handheld, they are looking for what it can do for the price. I barely know anyone (except me) with a plain cell phone that only texts and makes calls. Let's say the 3DS was was the DSi with a 3D update. People wouldn't buy it seeing how it can only mainly play games and it is only a simple 3D update. But let's add the features to it...the music, movies, pictures, gyroscope, VC, internet etc...yes, people would buy it.
Would I pay $40 for a 3DS game? I would. The graphics, features, and gameplay has taken a huge step up from the DS games. The games do look more expensive and time consuming to produce. Then companies also have to pay their employees and keep money in the company for future projects...but I think that $50 per game would had been too big of a step to take right now. No one really knows how long is the average 3DS game, and such a huge price leap would deter people from getting the 3DS.