In an interview with EDGE magazine, Nintendo’s long-time employee and creator of Nintendo’s major franchises (such as Mario and Legend of Zelda) Shigeru Miyamoto has expressed his praise at the strong hardware present in the Vita system, but says Sony should have learned from the 3DS.

He speaks about the falling sales of the PS Vita system and believes it is due to a lack of games for the device. He says Sony should have learned from the failures of the 3DS due to the weak line-up at it’s launch. He claims the Vita is very powerful hardware which you can do a lot with, however, it’s software selection is not diverse enough, and that is why it’s sales are currently failing.

While in Paris, presenting the Louvre 3DS tour, he said :
“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.”

The Vita started off with a good launch, selling almost 1 million units worldwide (totaled from their respective launches), but is no longer selling well and the system is being outsold by the PSP, Wii, 3DS and in some cases, the PS2.

“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.”

“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.”

Miyamoto believes that, just like the 3DS, the Vita is failing because of it’s weak launch software. Essentially, we believe he is suggesting Sony also need to cut the system’s price and increase the market of games for the system.

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Thanks to EDGE magazine for the quotes.