The question machine has plunked a spinning, golden question in front of me:
My 8 year old son is very keen to purchase either a PSP or Nintendo DSi …however his parents have no idea which is the better option – if there is one? We would appreciate any information you can give us – even if it is just a website where we can compare the two machines. Thanks for your help.
Firstly, I must warn you: by asking this question you are raising one of the most fervent religious battles of our time. The religiosity of the Sony-Nintendo-Microsoft console fanboy battle makes Christianity vs. Islam look like an angry game of mini golf. At each corner of the battlefield, you will find acolytes willing to claim that their console of choice is capable of curing cancer and ending world hunger, while asserting that the competing consoles are built from the carcasses of innocent kittens.
And so I beseech you, check carefully if your son has a preference for one brand over another. If you choose not to heed this warning, you may risk unleashing the wrath of a fanboy scorned. One possible way to check for a preference is to casually drop the name of some “exclusives”: games and characters that exist on one brand of console, and not others. Here is a handy list:
- Nintendo DS(i): Mario, Zelda, Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum
- Sony PSP: Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid, Grand Tourismo
- Microsoft (who don’t have a portable console): Halo, Master Chief, Forza Motorsport
If you get a rousing Huzzah! regarding one of these “exclusives”, you may have solved your question there and then. If on the other hand all options raise equal (dis)interest, then you have a hard road to travel. In this case, to help you (and perhaps your son) I’m going to try to outline the general ‘vibe’ of each console below, and add a spanner into the works too, just to make life hard.
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