Now the Playstation Vita, on the other hand...
As frequent readers already know, I bought a Vita at a pawn shop for $75 nearly a month ago, and intended to review a handful of its games in a future journal entry. However, actually finding the games has been a challenge. Here's what turned up at the nearest Walmart...
Notice anything missing from this display case? I sure did. I asked a clerk what was up, and he informed me that the store's supply of Vita games were going back to the manufacturer, and that the "Vita didn't do as well as Sony had hoped." (Heh, no kidding!) He was kind enough to let me look through the shopping cart where the Vita games had been dumped, but they were a depressing assortment of overpriced launch titles. Street Fighter X Tekken for forty dollars? No sale.
The story was the same at a K-Mart a few blocks away, and things weren't much more encouraging at Meijer, a superstore exclusive to the midwest. There were five games and a handful of accessories squeezed into the end of the gaming aisle's Playstation section.
I thought this vanishing act might have been limited to a single town, but a recent installment of Giant Bomb's Bombcast stated that it's happened in stores throughout the United States, calling the Vita's continued survival into question. Some have speculated that Sony is shifting to an all-digital distribution strategy, but it's not a move that worked out too well for its predecessor, the bite-sized and largely unloved PSP Go.
The smart money's on a short shelf life for the (overly) ambitious handheld, which seems to be confirmed in a recent interview with Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Sony Computer Entertainment's worldwide operations. When asked by Polygon's Brian Crecente if Sony would limit production of first-party games for the Vita, he offered this blunt response:
|Insulting gamers put Sega where it is|
today. On the floor of Moe's Tavern,
sucking coins from the Love Tester machine.
(image courtesy of btretroarcade)
|NOW you're playing with power!|
(Image courtesy of Cray.com.
I know, I'm surprised they're
still in business, too!)
|Even this guy couldn't shovel all|
of Shuhei Yoshida's BS.
(image courtesy of NintendoLife)