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New 3DS XL and PS Vita holiday bundles

Nintendo and Sony are bundling up their handheld systems with extra games and services in time for the holiday season. Nintendo and Sony both announced this week new packages arriving next week for portable gamers who have yet to get their hands on a 3DS XL or PlayStation Vita.

The new 3DS XL deal bundles a blue/black system with Mario Kart 7 pre-installed for $200. That's how much a 3DS XL usually runs for all by itself, so if you've been itching to tear up some asphalt and banana peels on the go, now's the time.

Meanwhile, the PS Vita's Instant Game Collection bundle plays up the system's new support for PlayStation Plus. The $300 pack includes a 3G system, a year of Plus membership (which can be appended to existing subscriptions), a Unit 13 downloadable game voucher, and a 4 GB memory card.

Wait, Sony's only packing in a bare-minimum 4 GB memory card when this bundle pushes PS Vita's digital services? Yes indeed, and if you want to store more than a couple big games you'll have to shell out for fairly expensive proprietary memory, cutting into the $99 savings Sony boasts for the package. Still, not a bad deal overall.

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17 comments

  • THE_FORCE - November 29, 2012 11:37 p.m.

    Vita = Uncharted, Gravity Rush, MGS HD, Everybody's Golf, Escape Plan, Hustle Kings, NFS Most Wanted, Persona 4 Golden, Zone of the Enders HD, Assassin's Creed III, LBP, Sound Shapes, Sine Mora, Wipeout, Rayman Origins, Mortal Kombat, etc etc etc. Most powerful handheld on the market, every conceivable control system, beautiful OLED screen. 3DS = Resi Revelations and ....erm... 3D. :/
  • Srip1017 - November 29, 2012 2:10 p.m.

    ok I need your guys' opinion: I own a PS Vita and I love it. Yet, Nintendo was my first ever gaming system for a good decade and I miss playing some Mario and Zelda. Do you guys think I should go ahead and buy the 3DS XL Mario Kart 7 Bundle or just be happy with my PS Vita without it?
  • winner2 - November 29, 2012 3:07 p.m.

    Depends on your funds. Personally I think the vita will pick up library wise if you give it more time. I know the new sly cooper is coming to it in February for instance. It just takes a few good games to get the vita in a stable position I think. Also, question for you. Is monster hunter back on psn for download on the vita? I heard some hackers found an exploit and something to do with homebrew so Sony took it off. This is to help me decide on a vita or psp for my x-mas request since a mh game would keep me entertained long after the vita got more good games.
  • Srip1017 - November 29, 2012 7:54 p.m.

    I dont think they put monster hunter back on the ps vita, but i heard that there will be a monster hunter coming out for the vita soon (like spring maybe) and either way, it is still worth buying it. my favorites are rayman origins, ultimate marvel vs capcom 3, little big planet, and playstation all stars battle royale. PSASBR looks just like the ps3 version and plays great, especially on the go. personally, if i were u, i would buy the assassins creed liberation bundle, then sell the 4gb memory card and buy a 16 gb cuz ull need it. honestly, the memory cards and bad launch lineup r the only 2 things i disliked about the vita but its turning out amazing for me.
  • winner2 - November 29, 2012 8:33 p.m.

    Ah, thanks for the info. I've been really considering the liberation bundle so I think your opinion gave me the last push I was looking for. But I havn't heard anything about a mh in the spring. You mean 2013 spring, right? I know there's one coming to wii u and 3ds in the spring next year but I've heard nothing about vita.
  • Srip1017 - November 30, 2012 3:49 a.m.

    Good, u made a great decision and i dont think ull be disappointed. As far as mh, i heard rumors a while back that its somewhere round spring, maybe late spring, but then again they are just rumors. Once u get a vita, add me im Srip1017
  • andartop - November 29, 2012 11:44 p.m.

    Monster hunter freedom and Monster hunter freedom 2 are available on the EU PS Vita store. I have both a PSP and a Vita, and would strongly recommend the Vita. Like most people who've actually played it I think it's great.
  • taokaka - November 29, 2012 5:12 p.m.

    I have both the 3DS and Vita and think that if you're getting the 3DS for mario and zelda then you'll find a great system you'll love but if you're interested in other games you'll find the system to be a bit weak, with only a few exceptional games. If you have the money for it I'd say take the plunge and get it.
  • winner2 - November 29, 2012 11:24 a.m.

    I'd just get the liberation vita bundle for 50$ less. I'd choose the vita over 3ds either way though.
  • Redeater - November 29, 2012 11:19 a.m.

    Nintendo remedies 3DS lack of sales by price drop with CEO personally taking a cut and bringing solid first party games within the first year of the launch. Sony.........Well I'm just convinced Sony hates the gaming industry at this point.
  • ultimatepunchrod - November 29, 2012 1:33 p.m.

    The 3DS likely costs a lot less to produce each unit than the Vita since there isn't as much horse power in the 3DS (not to say that it isn't an awesome system). Sony thought they were being competitive when they launched the Vita (probably at a huge loss) at $250/$300 since the 3DS was the same price. When Nintendo cut the price, Sony couldn't do anything because they couldn't afford to. Sony doesn't hate the games industry, they just can't afford to cut the price on a console they're selling at a loss already. So instead, they give you incentives with memory card bundles/free games/a year's worth of PS Plus (that program alone should tell you Sony doesn't hate gamers or the games industry) instead.
  • Redeater - November 29, 2012 2:20 p.m.

    4 gig memory cards that fill up with 1 game install requiring you to buy an additional $100 proprietary card? I'm sorry that pretty much makes any incentives invalid.
  • ultimatepunchrod - November 29, 2012 2:58 p.m.

    You don't have to buy a 32GB card. I agree that the cards are over priced in general, but that is an unfortunate (and pretty transparent) way of Sony making up some of the lost ground by selling the Vita at a loss.
  • Redeater - November 29, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    Trust me I want the vita to succeed but Sony doesn't seem to want to push as hard as Nintendo does. I was on board to buy one even with the over priced cards but I can't justify paying that much when it only has a handful of worthwhile games.
  • ultimatepunchrod - November 30, 2012 9:13 a.m.

    I think that goes with personal preference. There are about 7 or 8 games on Vita that I really enjoy, so I think for a console that's only a year old that's a good line-up, but I can't speak for everyone. As far as the memory cards are concerned, if someone is really on a budget, they can go through the hassle of deleting and re-downloading games. This isn't ideal, but it is an option. I sort of have a tendency to want to stick up for the Vita since most articles will paint it in a negative way. Some criticisms are valid, but I think it pushes a prevailing mindset that the Vita isn't worthwhile, and I think it really is.
  • andartop - November 29, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    Here is a typical example of why the 3DS sells better than the Vita: I’m not talking about the true value of these 2 bundles, which anyone can judge for themselves, but this bias against the Vita seen in many digital and print publications. Vita memory cards are expensive, that’s true, but if one was to criticize this bundle for the size of the free memory card why not also mention the 3DS’s shortcomings compared to the Vita? For example, one could argue that having to buy a proprietary second analogue stick is just as much of an inconvenience as having to buy a proprietary memory card…
  • Cyberninja - November 29, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    The thing is the second stick isn't needed(it works with about 6 games) but a memory card always is so the second analog stick isn't really a problem for anyone all games work just as well with out it.

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