Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto Doesn’t See Sony’s PS Vita as a ‘Strong Product’

Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, the legendary developer who created Donkey Kong and Mario, doesn't seem to be too impressed with Sony's PS Vita hand-held. Miyamoto said that he doesn't think the hardware or the software for Sony's newest hand-held is very strong.

"It's obviously a very hi-spec machine, and you can do lots of things with it. But I don't really see the combination of software and hardware that really makes a very strong product," he told Edge at the Louvre museum in Paris, where Nintendo was promoting the 3DS-powered visitor's guide.

He added that the Vita needs more system selling games. Nintendo's 3DS suffered a similar problem when it launched in Japan and didn't really pick up steam until a price cut in August of last year.

"When we launched the 3DS hardware we didn't have Super Mario 3D Land, we didn't have Mario Kart 7, we didn't have Kid Icarus: Uprising," Miyamoto said. "We were striving to have all of these ready for the launch, but we weren't able to deliver them at that time. We were kind of hoping that people would, nevertheless, buy into the product, find 3DS hardware promising, but looking back we have to say we realize the key software was missing when we launched the hardware."

Source: GamesIndustry International

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    ddrfr33k says:

    Go check out little deviants, army corps of hell, and get back to me.  My gamestop has already had several copies of both traded in, and the people doing so hated those games.  There's already shovelware on the vita.  No sense in denying it.

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    GrimCW says:

    i still say at least the Vita has some NEW and ORIGINAL ip's coming to it, as well as any shovelware it does get is going to be in the negligible mini's section of the digital store rather than on the shelves.

    so far its biggest issue, sadly, is the still the marred history of the PSP, and Sony's constant attempts to fight homebrew. even the new content manager is a cumbersome program that does not but hinder the user.

    they really should've just fixed the original Media Go as opposed to making this terrible (and SLOW) new program.. to boot, at least in media go i could watch my downloaded/backed up videos as opposed to having them just stored as hard to access, even via the vita, encrypted and hidden files.

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    ZippyDSMlee says:

    At least the PSP had a TV out and it made it a worth while investment for me vita is looking mehy…and I still think the DS 1.6(that 3d abomination) is a joke.

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