Handheld Gaming Best Ofs: PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS

With the recent release of the Sony PlayStation Vita, the handheld gaming sector has some newly fueled competition. The Vita offers some fresh new titles that showcase its graphics superiority and improved features, but Nintendo preempted the Vita with a few new titles as well, intended for the Nintendo 3DS. So what are some of the best handheld titles out right now?


1: WipEout 2048 vs. Super Mario 3D Land

It’s tough to crown a number one PlayStation Vita game so early on, but WipEout 2048 is definitely a top pick. The game play isn’t much different from the previous versions, but it has had a massive visual overhaul that make for quite the ride.

Super Mario Land 3D is definitely the best 3D title Nintendo has to offer – some even say it’s the only title actually worth playing in 3D. It’s your classic Mario, but with a 3D twist. What’s not to love?


2: Uncharted: Golden Abyss vs. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

Uncharted: Golden Abyss really is the most visually striking handheld game ever (for now), and not only does it leverage the PS Vita’s power beautifully, it also makes use of all of its other new features. Plus the game play is just what you’d expect from the Uncharted series. It’s definitely a top pick.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is the 3DS’ number two go-to title. The fact that it’s 3D isn’t why people love this game. It’s the fact that it’s one of the most loved of the Zelda titles ever made. The ability to carry now it in your pocket makes it extremely popular. The slight graphics overhaul is a nice bonus as well.


3: Rayman Origins vs. Mario Kart 7

Rayman has already made its place among the great classics, and Rayman Origins brings most of that greatness to the PS Vita. It keeps with the original 2D platformer experience but also ties in many of the Vita’s new features, like the touch screen.

Mario Kart has always been a staple in Nintendo’s classic lineup, and Mario Kart 7 is no exception. It’s just like previous installments, but with a few new features (such as kart customization) for more complex and immersive game play.


4: Super Stardust Delta vs. StarFox 64 3D

Super Stardust Delta is a unique space-based shooter with cutting edge graphics and addictive game play – pretty much what you’d expect from the Stardust series if you’re familiar with it. It’s by no stretch a complex game, but the simplicity is one of its greatest appeals. That, plus its affordable price on the PlayStation Network makes it one of the top rated Vita titles.

Just like Zelda, StarFox 64 3D is a 3DS port of the Nintendo 64 classic. The game play is almost exactly as it used to be, only with revamped graphics, improved audio and voiceovers, and a new multiplayer mode. It’s like carrying a nostalgia fix in your pocket.


5: Lumines: Electronic Symphony vs. Dead or Alive: Dimensions

Puzzles always make for great casual games, and Lumines is no exception. This latest rendition for the Vita not only brings new challenging puzzles, but also wonderful visual and audio effects – in other words, everything that made the game great, just got better.

Dead or Alive: Dimensions stays true to the buxom babe fighter genre the franchise has perfected over the years. The game play is as enthralling as ever, and the 3D aspect certainly has its perks. It’s just a shame the 3DS doesn’t have a larger screen.

Editor in Chief alaTest.com : Arie Struik

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