Saturday, March 26, 2005

Nintendo DS - Now With Imaginary Games!

Sony's PSP launched on Thursday (at a beefy $349.99 for the Gretzky Value Pack). This is a typical PSP sales transaction:

PSP Purchaser: Do you have any PSPs left?
EB Games Employee: Yep. $349.99.
PSP Purchaser: How much would I get for trading in my Nintendo DS?
EB Games Employee: $93, but $150 if you have a game.
PSP Purchaser: No...no...I don't have any games. They didn't really release any.
EB Games Employee: Yeah, I know, that sucks. So, I guess you don't want to do it...
PSP Purchaser: Are you kidding? Of course I want to do it.

That, nearly word-for-word, is how a typical transaction goes. But why? Why is everyone suddenly trading in their $200 systems for not quite half of what they paid.

Here's why:
Nintendo DSSony PSP Advantage
Launch Date November 21 March 24 Push
Price $199.99 $299.99-$349.99 DS
Bundles Um...Metroid Prime Hunters Demo $50 value pack, Spider-man 2 Movie, Gretzky Hockey game PSP
Launch Titles Super Mario DS...and Metroid demo Tony Hawk Underground 2, NFL Street 2, Lumines, Dark Stalkers, Untold Legends... PSP
System Performance Essentially, a handheld N64 (thumbs up) Essentially, a handheld PS2 (everything up) Gimme a P!
Backwards Compatibility Gameboy Advance games Ain't none DS
Future Outlook Pokémon!!! Mario!!! Gobs of games. Weekly new release movies Gimme an S!
Overall Nice little system, but please, please release some games Gabba gabba heyGimme a P!

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why we have been taking Nintendo DS's in like mad. The system's been out for four months, and the PSP already has more games and accessories. I love you Nintendo, so why do you hurt me so?

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