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Miyamoto: 'I'm Creatively Satisfied'

"Mario, Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto discusses how he stays creatively inspired when making sequels, Wii U struggles, and eventual retirement.
Shigeru Miyamoto, the 60-year-old developer behind iconic franchises like Mario, Zelda, and Donkey Kong is “definitely creatively satisfied.” Though some of his time is now spent working on new entries to existing franchises, namely Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Pikmin 3, the developer told GameSpot today that he’s content with his work. Gamers shouldn’t shrug off sequels over thoughts that they lack innovation, because this is not the case, he argued.

GameSpot sat down with Miyamoto today at Nintendo’s New York City offices, speaking with the longtime industry veteran on a range of topics. In addition to stating his creative satisfaction, Miyamoto opened up on his eventual retirement, the struggles of communicating the Wii U’s message, Pikmin 3’s recent multi-month delay, and why Luigi is akin to a salad entrée by contemporary convention.", writes GameSpot. (3DS, Dev, Industry, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Pikmin 3, Shigeru Miyamoto, Wii U)

deafdani  +   503d ago
"When you have a meal in front of you, and you have people who eat meat or you have people who eat vegetables, there's sort of the main dish and then you might have a dessert or a salad. Luigi is green, so maybe he's kind of like a salad and right now it seems like people tend to like lighter fare. [Luigi] is a little weaker and timid and maybe people like timid things these days. I guess Link's green, too [laughs]."

30 years later, Miyamoto is still wonderfully insane. In my 24-25 years of gaming, it never even crossed my mind to think of Luigi or Link as some pieces of lettuce.

0__o
PSNintyGamer  +   503d ago
As much as I like Miyamoto, I feel it's time for him to step down, let some new blood get in the game.
3rdDimension  +   503d ago
So they can quickly get out like all the new blood are doing now?
Kos-Mos  +   503d ago
We do not want gears, cod, gow, halo, killzone, me, skyrim, gta on Nintendo consoles.
Let me repeat:
We do not want gears, cod, gow, halo, killzone, me, skyrim, gta on Nintendo consoles.
Whymii  +   503d ago
I think that chant should start with "I don't want..."

You may not want to play those games on your Nintendo, but having the choice is not a bad thing. I would prefer the option of choosing not to play them than having that decision made for me by some executive.
Picnic  +   502d ago
But we would like the likes of The Unfinished Swan. The childlike wonder that Nintendo likes to portray has long coasted on past ground laid down.
I don't want them to be gorily dark but they sometimes need to be a bit more humourously dark - at least the WiiU has The Cave and Luigi's Mansions Dark Moon.
deafdani  +   502d ago
I'm a HUGE Nintendo fan, and I definitely want all these kinds of games as widely available on Nintendo consoles as they are on all the other consoles.

Variety is good. And get out, God of War, Grand Theft Auto and Mass Effect are all awesome, IMO.

:)
linkenski  +   502d ago
There's plenty of new blood in Nintendo even though Miyamoto is still there. Zelda Skyward Sword got a new director for instance. I would still like it if Nintendo got themselves a new team partition, or if they partnered with other developers to make new franchises.

Nintendo really lost something when Rare abandoned :/
Realplaya  +   502d ago
No actually rare lost something when they left nintendo.
caseh  +   502d ago
@realplaya

In the process M$ got Viva Pinata and the world rejoiced! Who needs Killer Instinct/Perfect Dark/Goldeneye when VIVA PINATA is in the house!
linkenski  +   502d ago
btw, i wasn't saying that Nintendo lost a part of their skill or something like that, just that Rare was such a great asset for them, and i think they boosted the reputation of the Nintendo systems.
3rdDimension  +   503d ago
No Miyamoto, you're supposed to want more power and beefier consoles so you can express your creativity because what we have now just won't cut it.
Dubaman  +   503d ago
Real creativity doesn't come from specs and power. The Golden Age of gaming was 16-bit but even in with the N64 you had games like Super Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time which are constantly on 'Best games of all times' list. Even by todays standards they still inspire. Sure they used the beef of the console at the time but even now thats been surpassed, people still talk about them. Real creativity is more than just specs and raw power...How many games from last gen or the one before that will still be spoken about and revered in 20 years?
3rdDimension  +   503d ago
I completely agree.

Truth be told, I was being sarcastic!
linkenski  +   502d ago
You're completetly right, but looking at the premise of the PS4 the concept is to have a machine where developers are no longer limited by technical issues (maybe talk about draw distance will soon be irrelevant) and it certainly should boost creativity. But on the other hand, every retail game has to compete to look as good as the ones next to it, so that's sort of a limitation in itself, and in that regard i think Nintendo get what they need with the Wii U.
D_RoyJenkins  +   502d ago
thats all nostalgia, Nintendo is nowhere near as relevant as the used to be.
CaptainN  +   501d ago
Right Jenkins..Nintendo is not relevant anymore, even though the Wii sold 100 million, the DS sold 153 million, the 3DS is on pace to be the top selling console ever, and the Wii-U sold over 3 million in 4 months......they are just so irrelevant !!!
just-joe  +   503d ago
I agree with the ‘looking-fun' element, I think the big problem aside from games is that not many people have gotten their hands on it let alone aware of the system's existence. When people saw the Wii, it looked fun to play or at least enticed people to try it out. The Wii U from a distance looks like another game console.

Much respect for Miyamoto.
CouldHaveYelledUiiW  +   503d ago
:) O' Miyamoto you know we aren't ever going to let you retire.

EVER! >:-(

If Miyamoto retires, I am pretty sure that will just mean he will only work on 1 game at a time.

He doesn't strike me as the sit at home type.
I think no matter what he'll always have some Nintendo function...

At least that is the scenario I comfort myself with...
Bumpmapping  +   503d ago
Legend it will be sad day indeed when he retires.
TuxedoMoon  +   503d ago
He's going to retire soon, I think. He's contributed a lot to gaming and I'd like him to go out on a high note. Miyamoto is a legend.
sitharrefus  +   503d ago
I feel like he should venture into making a mature game to see how can his creative level is xD? Maybe will get an amazing game?
pedroyamato  +   503d ago
Nothing last forever, but for sure everybody, even the haters, will miss Mr. Miyamoto the day he retires.

He made dreams controllable by our hands, just magic.
mamotte  +   502d ago
Dont worry Miyamoto.

We have now tons and tons of RAM, awesome processors, and powerful GPUs that will make forget everyone how important creativity is.

Some others will miss you.

Edit: Damn, he's really 61 this year? Did he found the fountain of youth or something like that?
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