The PlayStation Vita, in its current state, is not a strong product, so says Nintendo talisman Shigeru Miyamoto.
Speaking in an interview with Edge, Miyamoto argued that the system hasn't struck the right balance between the strength of the hardware and its software line-up.
"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," he said.
He went on to suggest that the Vita would benefit from some compelling software, just as the 3DS did following its own sluggish launch period.
"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. 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."
Market research figures released last week showed that the Vita is currently selling fewer units in Europe than both the Wii and PSP.