I didn't expect it to sell as much as the 3DS, but I never thought it would do this badly. And let's be clear, anybody saying it's not doing badly have no clue what they're talking about, back when the 3DS was thought to be failing it was still putting up way better numbers than the Vita has been doing, and it certainly didn't take more than a year for it to get off the ground. PS3 comparisons are also way misleading at this point.
Yes. If the 3DS started out so poorly, there would be no way for the Vita to have a smooth launch.
Thankfully, when the 3DS dropped its price, it got a huge boost.
I think, when it gets a price drop and a good month or so of games coming in at once around the same time, it'll be back on the playing field. But that requires Sony finally taking the financial hit and giving it the price drop it needs. I don't see that happening until Summer at the earliest -- if we're lucky. They can pull out a respectable success with it, but it won't be for a good while.
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