Sony PS Vita vs. Nintendo 3DS: Handheld gaming Prizefight

Nintendo and Sony square off in a battle to see which has the best dedicated handheld game system (sorry, Apple, you're sitting this one out).

While some think that Apple has run away with the mobile gaming market, Sony and Nintendo are boldly holding on to their gaming franchises with reinventions of their hardware.

The Nintendo 3DS, which debuted last year, is an improvement in terms of graphics from its Nintendo DS predecessor, but time has not been kind to Nintendo's hold of the casual games market--and, glasses-free 3D has been a gimmick, at best. Still, with Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart plus a price drop, the 3DS is on a rebound.

Meanwhile, the newly released PlayStation Vita has superior graphics and hardware, and seems set to claim the crown from Nintendo. Are its games up to snuff, though, and is its higher price justified ? Based on what we've seen so far, the Vita is a beast of a machine with an impressive set of launch titles .

Will Sony run away with this Prizefight, or does Nintendo have a few tricks up its sleeve? Will it be Mario, or Nathan Drake, who pulls the knockout punch? Scott Stein, Jeff Bakalar, and Brian Tong sound off and pick a winner in this gaming throwdown. To find out what happened, watch the video above.

Let the Prizefight begin!

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Sony PlayStation Vita (Wi-Fi)

The Bottom Line: Overall, the PlayStation Vita is the most advanced portable gaming system ever made. While the price is deceiving because of a hidden cost, gamers are getting an impressively complete package. Now priced at $200, the Vita makes a compelling case as the ultimate indie portable console. / Read full review

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Nintendo 3DS (Cosmo Black)

The Bottom Line: The Nintendo 3DS successfully offers a glasses-free 3D experience that needs to be seen to be believed. A weak start out of the gate has been all but forgotten thanks to a bevy of compelling releases on online downloadables since launch. / Read full review

About the author

Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.

Jeff has been at CNET for more than five years covering games, tech, and pop culture. When he's not playing ice hockey or pinball, you can catch him live every day as the host of CNET's infamous daily show, The 404 Show and every Friday in CNET's first-ever tech comic, Low Latency.

Brian brings his high energy and edgy style to the CNET family, showcasing the latest and greatest in the tech world with substance to back up his style. Brian regularly appears on CBS, CNN, Headline News, and local TV stations and radio networks while hosting several of CNET's popular franchises.

 

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