on 04-05-2012 07:30 PM
The Mario creator criticises the combination of software and hardware.
"Sony's PlayStation Vita isn't a "very strong product," legendary Nintendo video games creator Shigeru Miyamoto has told EDGE magazine.
Asked what he thought of the handheld, Miyamoto said: "I think I really can't say."
However, he went go on to offer a rather damming critique.
"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," said Miyamoto. "But I can't really say"
He concluded: "I'm not looking at Vita as happy that it's not selling well, or scared that it would sell well - I'm not looking at Vita that way."
Miyamoto certainly said a lot given that he "really can't say". Sadly for Sony, it's an opinion many gamers will share - since launch there simply hasn't been a strong enough line-up of software to maintain interest in the handheld."
on 04-05-2012 07:49 PM
on 04-05-2012 08:01 PM
To be fair, I think he is right - but probably not how he meant.
The Vita ISN'T a very strong product, because its missing functionality that was promoted heavily so should have been there at launch. To be a strong product it should have supported ALL PSP downloadable games at launch, ALL PSone games, and all the stupid little bugs just shouldn't be there.
However if we are being fair and so comparing it to the 3DS, that was not a strong product either. It too arrived with an OS half finished, a web browser link that just said "coming soon", no store, links to transfer your content from a DSi that also said "coming soon".
Its easy for him to pick spots off the Vita now, but its taken the 3DS a whole year after launch to become the strong product it is today and arguably its still lacking a few important details like downloadable retail games (coming soon) and it needs a LOT more demos.
So while the Vita might not be strong, its a damn site stronger than the 3DS was at this point and in a years time (unless Sony really screw something up) its going to look a LOT stronger than the 3DS will, or was at the same point in its life.
Sure I'm really REALLY annoyed I STILL can't play the Burnout PSP games on it, but it has a working (albeit pretty crap) web browser, a store that works (well, usually) and demos of several games (though it could do with more), all things the 3DS was lacking at this point in its life, and all my games are on the memory card (for now, it will be full once Little Big Planet and Gravity Rush come out).
Even the buggy WiFi which should download a damn site faster than it does, especially as its meant to be N, at least its faster than the 3DS which is meant to be G but runs nearer B speed.
on 04-05-2012 08:16 PM
on 04-05-2012 08:45 PM
on 04-05-2012 08:50 PM
The Edge oline article Miyamoto: Vita needs games summarises it better. Essentially, impressive hardware but, in his opinion, there haven't been any "defining" games to date.
If he defected to the Sony camp, I bet he'd be salivating at the prospect of creating something awesome on the Vita.
on 04-05-2012 08:55 PM
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