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Vita TV: A Question, A Problem, and A Lot of Potential

Sony's new "LittleBigConsole" could be great — with the right touchscreen alternative and more exclusive software

Sony’s pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference Monday offered a glimpse into the Vita’s future. We learned about new hardware with a 20 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter design, extended battery life, and six color options. We also learned about several new games in development. But the Vita TV was the biggest news by far.

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Plants vs. Zombies Review

It's the best version of the game, for only 5 times its normal mobile pricing!

Plants vs. Zombies has already made its way to every gaming platform known to man. While I say this facetiously, the tower-defense title has been adapted for a wide variety of platforms since initially debuting on the PC in 2009. While it started on the PC, Plants vs. Zombies found its true home on the mobile platform after appearing on all manner of smart phones. The touch controls and ability to play in small bursts, anytime, anywhere, made the smart phone version of the game the most palatable. Now appearing on the Vita, the game is equally viable on the new platform, especially with the bright, beautiful HD visuals provided by the Vita's multi-touch screen. While viable, its high price point ($15) is likely to chase away most would-be zombie defenders.

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Samurai Sword Destiny Review

It’s a shame these visuals were squandered on such a shallow game.

Given the touch screen of the 3DS, it’s no surprise that iOS game, Samurai Sword Destiny has made its way to the Nintendo eShop. What’s also unsurprising is just how shallow the experience is, given Destiny’s original home. With a combination of two level types, players will find themselves either slashing arrows and avoiding boulders during forced progression, or dispatching a variety of foes by continuously slashing back and forth until all enemies are defeated. It’s a mindless timewaster that doesn’t command its price.

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Nikkei Confirms Cafe Touchscreen Controller

In addition to being a controller it can be used as a portable gaming machine.

As has been rumored, Nikkei (translated by Andriasang) is now validating claims that Project Cafe will indeed feature a touch screen controller. They claim that the controller can be used specifically for its intended function or as a portable gaming machine.

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