Vladimir Lenin is seen as as hero in Russia but a villain in the West
Kim Il Sung is the eternal leader of North Korea and worshipped there, but a villain everywhere else
Mao Zedong is seen as mostly a good figure in Chinese culture, but a mass murderer in the West
Che Guevara is seen as a communist matyr, but as a psychopath in non communist countries
Alexander the Great is seen as a hero in Greek/Western culture but as a barbarian in Persia
Genghis Khan is seen as a brilliant conqueror by Mongolians and somewhat by the West but as a brutal murderer in the countries he conquered
Napoleon is seen as a hero and brilliant military tactician in France but a mass murdering despot in the countries he invaded
Winston Churchill is seen as an icon in British culture but a mass murderer by the Indians
Christopher Columbus is a hero to much of the Spanish and Europeans, but seen as a mass murderer by native Americans
Andrew Jackson was a hero of most of the working class population of the US back in the 1800s but in modern times is considered a mass murderer
Abraham Lincoln was the savior of the United States but an enemy to the Confederate States
Donald Trump is seen as one of the best Presidents ever by certain Americans, but is reviled almost everywhere else except Russia
I mean this list can really go on and on.. there’s very few people that are almost universally liked and disliked (Hitler comes up as an example who is almost universally disliked)
-2000 Portland Trailblazers (lost to Lakers in 7)
-2002 Sacramento Kings (lost to Lakers in 7, controversially)
-2005 Detroit Pistons (lost to Spurs in 7)
-2006 Dallas Mavericks (lost to Heat in 6)
-2008 Los Angeles Lakers (lost to Celtics in 7)
-2011 Miami Heat (lost to Mavericks in 6)
-2013 San Antonio Spurs (lost to Heat in 7)
-2016 Golden State Warriors (lost to Cavs in 7 from up 3–1)
-2016 Oklahoma City Thunder (lost to Warriors in 7 from up 3–1)
-2018 Houston Rockets (lost to Warriors in 7)
Nintendo is king when it comes to portables
Sony is king when it comes to home consoles
Looking at the track record, Nintendo’s Game Boy wiped Sega’s Game Gear off the map. The Game Boy Advance did the same to the Bandai Wonderswan. The Nintendo DS did the same to the PSP, and the 3DS did the same to the Vita.
On the other hand, Sony’s Playstation consoles (PS1, PS2, PS4) were the best selling consoles of their generation while the PS3 tied with the Xbox 360 for second place. Sony has a pretty good track record at home.
So Nintendo already has a good grasp on what makes handheld portables succeed. But on top of that, Sony basically shot themselves in the foot with the Vita as well because they made several mistakes:
- Sony is terrible at marketing. It seems that for everything outside of the PS4, it sucks at it. Sony’s headphones? Way better than Bose and Beats. Sony’s AIBO robot? really cool. Sony’s Xperia phones? Really nice devices. Sony’s alpha cameras? blows away Nikon and Canon. Sony’s OLED TVs? much better than LGs. Sony’s Walkman DAPs? Competes with audiophile companies. Their Blu-Ray players? Class leading. But Sony sucks at marketing all their devices. They need to take some tips from Samsung. They have great stylish devices but high premiums and don’t market well. Consumers look at them, scoff at their prices, and move on.
- The PS Vita memory cards were proprietary. Big problem. A 64GB Vita card costs $100. Do you know how much a 64GB microSD card costs? $10. a TENTH of the price.
- Sony stopped supporting the Vita game library sometime after 2012. The Vita was mostly propped up by Japanese RPG makers + indie developers. Once the Switch came on the market, they all moved to the Switch. The Vita was basically on life support already because the first party (Sony) abandoned them 2 years after release. After the Switch, the Vita’s days were numbered. Nintendo on the other hand? STILL releasing first party games for the 3DS (2 years after Switch was released)