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The PlayStation Vita and the Nintendo 3DS are the two primary handheld systems in the video game market. Each has its fans, and some players use both, but which should you go out and buy?

Many people feel the Vita is “dead,” since Sony has all but abandoned it. In contrast, the 3Ds is still being supported by Nintendo, and is overall the more popular system. However, the available games are what will most likely determine which you want to buy.


Both the Vita and the 3DS have sizable libraries. The 3DS has had many genres appear on it, and it’s home to several huge titles, such as Pok√©mon, Super Smash Bros. (also available on the Wii U), Monster Hunter 4, and Fire Emblem Awakening.

The Vita, although its library also covers a wide variety of genres, has proven to be a haven for fans of JRPGs and visual novels in particular. For example, it has Persona 4 Golden, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (also available on the PS3), Steins;Gate (also available on the PS3), and Danganronpa (also available on the PC).

When you consider the games available on these two handhelds, you must also take into account other games you can play on them.

Games from Other Systems

The 3DS can play Nintendo DS games, which greatly expands its library. The Vita can only play PSP games that are downloaded from the PlayStation Store, which excludes any PSP games not available digitally.

The 3DS can play select digital games from the NES, Game Boy, and Game Boy Color, as well as SNES games on the New Nintendo 3DS. The Vita can play select digital games from the PlayStation, and it also has the ability to stream PlayStation 4 games and play them remotely.


Is the PlayStation Vita or the Nintendo 3DS a better console? There is no correct answer. Each has games and special features that will attract an audience, and it all comes down to the games you want to play the most.

Do you prefer the Vita or the 3DS? Let us know in the comments, and tell us why.

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