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sethnintendo said:
BraLoD said:

So console games don't have gameplay?

Last time I checked gameplay has always been capped on handhelds until not long ago when the Vita launched with two analog sticks to even control games like consoles could since the PS1.

I thought most games these days were quick time events and cgi scenes.  Answer me this.  How come people that are good at certain mainstream games suck at Mario kart and smash.  I have friends that are good at Skyrim, GTA and fps but can't play smash to save their life.  Must be different brain function or maybe they invest so heavily in certain games they can't play games I like.

I still have one old college buddy to play stupid online games with and we are pretty damn good at turn based games like Civ and Axis and Allies online.  So there is that.

Huh? Aren't Smash and Mario Kart quick time events and cgi scenes too then? Those games where born and got famous on home consoles, you know.

That's how absurd that post sounded, btw, the same it the paragraph above is likely sounding to you right now.

The reason people talk most about home consoles than handhelds is because handhelds have always been subpar experiences compared to home consoles until the Vita and then the Switch now.

It was always holden back, tuned down games compared to consoles counterparts, because yes, massive power differences, which not only made up for massive graphics differences, but also meant games had to be remodeled entirely to fit the handheld needs, including game design and gameplay, as I pointed into my previous post, we didn't even have two analog sticks to fully control 3D games on handhelds until the Vita.

Home consoles marked generations meanwhile handhelds felt like a side experience.

The Switch was the first real success case of bringing mainstream interest on the handhelds as it can run some modern games to a decent state and is where all of Nintendo own effort is right now.

It was always a big compromisse to game on the go, but diminishing returns have finally caught up to it.



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Here is my reason for not caring about handhelds for the most part in early 2000s and not at all now that it's 2020. Gaming on the go is not a thing I do. I almost always, when I played portable games, played those games because they were exclusive to that platform. I would sit in my room, plugged into the wall, playing the handheld. As time marched on exclusives on handhelds became more and more niche.

Now all that's left in the space is the Switch, which imo is way better in console mode.



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I think for graphics he has a point but for gameplay and whatnot I don't believe its possile to fully take advantage of next gen while still making the game run on current gen, you'd end with absurdly long loading times and game freezes everywhere.



Simple, console games tend to have much larger budgets so more is spent on marketing them.



Nintendo with the Switch:

Typically developers, especially western developers, have focused on consoles for their bigger releases. There were very few high profile games for handhelds before Pokemon aside from a handful of Nintendo titles, and even those were mainly lesser versions of their console titles. Handhelds didn't really start getting "big" games until the DS and PSP era, and even then most major releases were on consoles.



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Well handheld isnt for me. I have the vita and the switch and after giving it a fair share of time, I realized the small screen doesnt do it for me. I use my switch 100% as a console.



I tried to discuss Handheld's here, and talk about ways to keep handhelds relevant, but the community is just not into portable gaming.

Now that we only have the Switch in the Handheld market, and it has very few games I am interested in, while lacking most of the features found on PSP/PS Vita and Consoles like 360/PS3/XBO/PS4, there is just not much to say.

Hopefully, at some point in the future we will see Sony or Microsoft attempt another Handheld. The Switch has proven that a solid library of games can sell a Portable device. Deliver basic features like 5G, Calling & Texting, along with the rest of the standard features from PS4/XBO, and both companies would have a more than profitable addition to their ecosystems.

With a unified library across the Home & Mobile XBox/PlayStation devices, and features that make the, viable in everyday life, people would talk a lot more about Mobile/Handheld games. Who wouldn't love to be enjoying Grand Theft Auto 5, Call of Duty, Horizon Zero Dawn, Assassin's Creed Odyessy, Forza Horizon 4, and so many more titles on the go?



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Don't they have a stigma as being for kids in the west?



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You know that handhelds are consoles, right?

If you actually mean why don't people talk about handheld consoles as much as they talk about home consoles... probably the same reason people don't talk about mobile games all that much either. Because they simply prefer home consoles.



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sethnintendo said:
BraLoD said:

So console games don't have gameplay?

Last time I checked gameplay has always been capped on handhelds until not long ago when the Vita launched with two analog sticks to even control games like consoles could since the PS1.

I thought most games these days were quick time events and cgi scenes.  Answer me this.  How come people that are good at certain mainstream games suck at Mario kart and smash.  I have friends that are good at Skyrim, GTA and fps but can't play smash to save their life.  Must be different brain function or maybe they invest so heavily in certain games they can't play games I like.

I still have one old college buddy to play stupid online games with and we are pretty damn good at turn based games like Civ and Axis and Allies online.  So there is that.

Firstly, aren't Mario Kart and Smash pretty mainstream too? They certainly are here in Japan at least.

Secondly, people are better at the type of games they play more often. That seems pretty obvious to me. I mean, I'd be one of those people that are good at Skyrim, GTA and FPS but couldn't play Smash to save my life. I mean, I've literally never played Smash even once before, so obviously I'd suck at it. While I've played the other kind of games a lot. I can play Mario Kart pretty well though, since I've played a lot of that.



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