Well, not so much as saved, but it certainly brought my appreciation for the Vita back. Nintendo, in its infinite wisdom, released update 17 for the Switch operating system… which bricked my Switch. Nintendo are refusing to pay for the repairs, and I thought: “I have enough games to play without giving Nintendo more money to fix a problem they created themselves”. So I brought my Vita back out, and here’s what’s been happening.
Native Games Are Great
A lot of great games are still only on Vita. Certainly in terms of portable versions. I’ve been playing J-Stars Victory VS+ lately and been having a blast. Being able to beat the heck out of Goku from Dragon Ball as Seiya from Athena no Seinto or Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin has been so much fun!
However, for a fighting game, the combat is quite shallow. All characters use the same button combination for their moves, so it’s getting old quite fast. However, I feel an RPG urge coming on, and I have all 3 of the Sword Art Online games installed. I loved the first one, so I think I’ll revisit Hollow Fragment soon.
So Many Android Ports!
It’s been a crazy ride for the Vita homebrew community so far, and there are no signs of it slowing down. I have been keeping an eye on ports of Android games and it’s been crazy. I’m particularly interested in checking out Dead Space and Rockstar’s Bully.
While I make up my mind on whether I want to play ROMs of games I don’t own or not, I’ve been using the Vita to play ROMs of games I own. Let me explain.
I have, for example, a good collection of Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games. And even though I have an AGS-101 model Game Boy Advance SP, the Game Boy and Game Boy Color games look tiny on its screen. And I’m getting old. So I’ve been playing Donkey Kong Land 3 on the Vita and having a really good time.
Remote PC Play
I mentioned this before, but I’ve also been playing some PC games through Moonlight/Sunshine. I stream my PC games from my gaming rig to the Vita. I’ve been enjoying Fallout 3 in particular.
What About the Switch?
Honestly, I think I’ll just wait. My backlog is enormous, and though it hurts to not have a system I owned from new and pampered working anymore, I’ll manage. The next-generation Switch is likely to come out next year, and I hope it’ll be backwards compatible with Switch games. If that’s the case, I’ll just wait the 12 or so months and buy the Switch 2 or whatever it’s called.
Or maybe I won’t. To be honest, I’m still royally ticked off that Nintendo is refusing to pay for the repair of a console they bricked through a software update. So maybe I’ll go with a Steam Deck for my next-gen portable system? Only time will tell. For now, though, I have a lot to do on my Vita, and not much time to do it in!