? This article is an opinion piece written by Akia Rahming and does not necessarily reflect the thoughts of the entire Nintendo Enthusiast staff. ?
For decades now, the console sector of the video-game industry has been separated by the fine line between home and handheld consoles. From the days of the SEGA Genesis & Game Gear, and the SNES & Gameboy, to the current times of the PS4 & PS Vita and the Wii U & 3DS. These pairs have ran alongside each other for quite some time, with each possessing its own unique ecosystem. However, as of late, handhelds have had a lot less breathing space.
In the past half-decade, smartphones and tablets have seen a massive increase in popularity. They’re so commonplace that even children as young as 5 have their own tablets. With the rise in both popularity and processing power of these devices, several game companies have flocked to the virtual marketplaces and have brought a wide variety of games which has proven to be quite successful on several occasions. With that being the case, the appeal of dedicated handheld game consoles has continued to drop.
Looking at this generation, the connection between handheld consoles and their home-based counterparts has been quite strong. Many titles have been simultaneously released on both variations, some even possessing the feature of cross-saving; the ability to transfer save data between the two systems. The PS Vita even has the ability to perform Remote Play ? in which it can stream games directly from a PS4 system through an Internet connection. Both the 3DS and the Vita have even functioned as controllers for games on their home-based counterparts.
With new-found abilities such as these, it’s no doubt proved to be convenient to have a handheld system not just as its own platform, but also as a neat add-on to a home console. That leads one to wonder ? how great would it be if they were even more connected"
Looking at how the past two handhelds have fl...