Kingdom Hearts boosts 3DS in Japan while PS Vita flags

Handhelds continue to dominate the video game sales charts in Japan, and one handheld in particular. Driven by the release of a new exclusive title in Square Enix’s hit Kingdom Hearts series, the Nintendo 3DS had a very strong final week in March, leading the software and hardware sales charts by wide margins.

The new iPad is for gaming

The new iPad, third generation, iPad 3, whatever you call it, is a serious gaming machine. For some games, it even rivals a console like the PlayStation 3. We’re going to see more and more gaming done on the iPad in the months to come. And we’re going to like it.

PlayStation Vita Launch Awards

Welcome to GamesBeat’s PlayStation Vita launch awards. Released on February 22 in North America, the Vita has already had a steady blend of critical acclaim and controversy, but who cares about all that? This feature is (mostly) about the games! Plus, we didn’t want to wait until December to hold our next awards ceremony.

Who won? First-week sales of PS Vita vs. PSP vs. 3DS vs. DS (infographic)

In two of the three major video game markets (Japan and the U.S.), Nintendo has come out on top in first-week sales of handheld gaming systems with its DS and 3DS consoles. But Sony has performed better in Europe, where the last-generation PlayStation Portable and the recently released PlayStation Vita have outperformed both DS devices.
Check the infographic below to see how these four portables fared in first-week sales across the three territories, and for comparison’s sake, see how eight major handheld platforms have sold in their lifetimes.

GamesBeat Only weekly roundup

Here are some of the stories that ran on GamesBeat this week. We’re running more articles exclusively in the GamesBeat section of VentureBeat, particularly when they’re mainly of interest to our game readers. The broader-interest posts will continue to run on VentureBeat as well. Please visit the GamesBeat section to catch up on the latest game news. We’re ramping up our game coverage, so you’ll find a larger amount of deeper news at GamesBeat.

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Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational is Vita’s surprise delight (review)

I’m not much of a golfer. I had one stint at making it as the next Tiger Woods 10 years ago, but I was better at cutting the grass with the club than hitting the ball. The constant walking, the occasional swimming…it wasn’t for me. Thankfully, the PlayStation Vita’s first golf outing quashes these nightmares with its simplistic and rewarding gameplay. World Invitational doesn’t do anything really unique compared to previous installments in the franchise. It’s just another Hot Shots game, but it’s still a good one.

PlayStation Vita game giveaway!

The PlayStation Vita launch is happening right now. For all those looking to upgrade their gaming-on-the-go to the next level, GamesBeat is giving away a bunch of Vita launch games so that you can focus on buying memory cards, 3G data plans, or, of course, more games!

Everything you need to know about the PlayStation Vita

This week marks the launch of the PlayStation Vita, the successor to Sony’s PlayStation Portable handheld gaming device. Launched last December in Japan, the Vita did not fare particularly well, being consistently outsold by its predecessor even during the Christmas shopping period. Part of the blame lay on a more Western-friendly lineup of launch titles, but is another portable device really what the mass public wants, or are we all satisfied with our multipurpose iPhones and tablets?