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Nintendo’s Miyamoto Says Vita Not A Strong Product

Posted on May 4, 2012 AT 03:50pm

One company dissing the hardware of a competitor is nothing new—but hearing Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto laying a bit of smack down on the PS Vita certainly is interesting.

In an interview at the Louvre museum in Paris with UK game publication Edge, Miyamoto said that the PlayStation Vita is “…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.”

To be fair, Miyamoto isn’t the first person to make such a statement. While the Vita’s launch line-up of games was rather strong in the West, the same can’t be said for Sony’s home county—where games targeted at the Japanese market have been few and far between in the system’s first year on the market.

However, Miyamoto admitted that Nintendo had a similar problem when the 3DS was first released.

“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 told Edge. “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.”

For more on Miyamoto’s conversation with Edge, hit the link below.


Source: Edge

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got started via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as can realistically be crammed in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk Eric on Twitter: @Eric_EGM. Meet the rest of the crew.

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