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Miyamoto: Lack of PS Vita software is weakening handheld's prospects

Miyamoto: Lack of PS Vita software is weakening handheld's prospects

May 4, 2012 | By Mike Rose

May 4, 2012 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo veteran Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed his thoughts on the PS Vita handheld, Sony's rival to Nintendo's own 3DS, stating that, while it's clearly a powerful device, it's suffering from the same lack of software that the 3DS also originally saw.

"It's obviously a very hi-spec machine, and you can do lots of things with it," he told Edge, "but I don't really see the combination of software and hardware that really makes a very strong product."

Nintendo launched its 3DS handheld early last year, and was forced to cut the price due to dwindling sales. Miyamoto admitted that the 3DS simply didn't have enough decent games to warrant consumer purchases, and hinted that he believes the Vita is falling at the same hurdle.

"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 explained. "We were striving to have all of these ready for the launch, but we weren't able to deliver them at that time."

He continued, "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."

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