We all know that the Vita is a little lacking for software. After a pretty strong launch window, things have slowed considerably for the device, and we’ve now reached the point where it’s weeks between each release. This hasn’t gone unnoticed, even by the big names of the industry. Nintendo‘s Shigeru Miyamoto, father of Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong, recently took a (completely professional) dig at Sony‘s handheld.
“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.”
It would have been easy for Miyamoto to have left it there: no one could argue that what he said was untrue. Instead, he took it one step further, likening the Vita’s current problems to the 3DS’ poor launch last year. He admitted that, even though the software wasn’t there, Nintendo had hoped that people would buy into the product due to the promising nature of the hardware. Hindsight, though, has done good for the company, and they’re now aware that the software lineup was really too sparse at launch.
I think I’ve made my thoughts on the Vita pretty clear by now: I love the hardware, but the lack of new releases for it is starting to grate. Early adoption is rarely a good idea. It didn’t pan out this time.