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Nintendo's creative visionary says that the powerful Sony handheld isn't "a very strong product."
While Miyamoto isn't known weighing in on his competitors, he definitely seems to have a low opinion of the Vita in a new interview with EDGE magazine.
When asked his opinion of the Vita, he commented, "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."
He added, "But I can't really say."
Mr. Miyamoto, I think you just did.
However, he also acknowledged Nintendo's own mistakes in the launch of its 3DS handheld. Miyamoto said, "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. We were striving to have all of these ready for the launch, but we weren't able to deliver them at that time."
Source: EDGE Online
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As people have mentioned earlier, and as GI proved in a recent issue, many console/handheld launches have been plagued by too-few great games available at launch. As we all know, the 3DS was surely no different, and the Vita (while it did have Uncharted) is following in that trend. I have a feeling, though, that Sony learned some kind of lesson from the eventual failure of the PSP that this time around things could be different. I have high hopes for what the Vita will be able to do down the road, and while I don't own one yet I am planning on owning one eventually.
Until the Vita can deliver some original experiences it won't be any different from other consoles/handhelds that struggled in the beginning. Just because the 3DS is just now hitting its stride after a couple of hit titles (Super Mario 3D Land, Resident Evil: Revelations) doesn't mean it is a success, just as the Vita isn't yet an official failure.
Ooooh SNAP!!! Miyamoto got em!!!
Anyway, purely from a business perspective,
the Vita would be fine if it wasn't so damn expensive. Unfortunately, Sony doesn't really have a good track record of reducing prices in a timely fashion. That may change though. PSVita price drop this holiday season? It would sure help.
And no, it doesn't have too many games right now, but that will change eventually.
I don't know if you can really call that a shot, he just said the obvious, that the Vita lacks killer apps. Now what Jack Tretton makes a habit of doing, you can call that taking a shot lol.
Pretty much all consoles/handhelds have trouble getting games on them at first, or at least good ones.
Hey, the 3DS launch in my opinion is more than forgiven. All that we need now is for the Vita to get something more than just Uncharted.
Ah, it's statements like this that remind me why I think Nintendo has the best guys at the top. No foul-mouthed poo-pooing of another company's product, or extravagant claims about their own. Just good old fashion truthiness.
Seems like nintendos recent stock and income dive is startin to show...
i think the graphics on the 3ds suck like hell comparred to the vita. plus that screen is huge and the vita has what everybody was asking for........double joysticks!!!!ps vita rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No crap Miyamoto.
I love this guy.