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Miyamoto: PS Vita Needs More Games To Become A "Strong Product"

Jonathan Lester
Nintendo, PS Vita, Shigeru Miyamoto, Sony

Miyamoto: PS Vita Needs More Games To Become A "Strong Product"

Nintendo's legend-in-residence Shigeru Miyamoto has spoken out on the PS Vita, and freely admits that it's an impeccable piece of hardware. However, he reckons that Sony's handheld currently lacks the "combination of software and hardware" to make it a "strong product," and suggests that Sony could learn a thing or two from the 3DS' rocky start.

Miyamoto coyly discussed the PS Vita in an interview with EDGE Magazine, making it clear that he has no personal stake in whether the console succeeds or fails. Though he's impressed with its processing power and functionality, the influential designer isn't convinced that the Vita packs enough innovative and appealing software to fulfil its potential.

It's obviously a very high-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. But I can't really say.

I'm not looking at Vita as happy that it's not selling well or scared that it would sell well - I'm not look at Vita in that way.

Miyamoto knows - all too well - that software support can make or break a handheld console. The 3DS released with a half-decent launch lineup in March 2011, but the lack of strong first party support forced Nintendo to roll out price cuts and embarrassing apologies to early adopters in order to get gamers invested in the system, with the Christmas Mario releases and an impressive 2012 showing getting the console back on track.

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," he 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 realise the key software was missing when we launched the hardware.

It's likely that Sony will bring a number of new titles along to E3, much like Nintendo did last year.

If you own a PS Vita or are considering buying one, we'd love to hear what you have to say about the available game selection - and what you'd like from the handheld over the coming months.

Add a comment4 comments
gunnx  May. 4, 2012 at 14:36

I dont have one but will get one hopefully towards end of this year and to be honest I was quite impressed with the quality/amount of launch titles. Sony did do better than 3DS in that regard. E3 should hopefully tell us what will be out for autumn/winter.

DivideByZero  May. 4, 2012 at 14:57

Most Vita owners just complain about a lack of PS1 games support... go figure.

Quietus  May. 4, 2012 at 15:19

Smacks of pot, kettle, black to me, considering the 3DS's life so far.

I guess at least he acknowledged the fact.

Last edited by Quietus, May. 4, 2012 at 15:40
gambe1984  May. 5, 2012 at 10:42

Bring a vita owner, i would like to see more games be released in the UK, but games are coming slowly but surely and its well documented most consoles go through a dry patch of titles shortly after release, still think its a stellar product and looking forward to seeing what e3 brings for the console.


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