Miyamoto Explains Why Nintendo Doesn’t Always Make New IPs

If Nintendo has existing characters that are best suited to new gameplay, according to Miyamoto, it makes more sense to include recognizable characters in new games.

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sinncross2019d ago

I see where he is coming from and that is fine, Nintendo make fun games and many of their IP's are strong.

Still, I dont think that should stop them from exploring new IP ideas or making new characters etc.

PopRocks3592019d ago

They've done that on the 3DS eShop a little bit. Dillon's Rolling Western is getting its first sequel, and other titles like Sakura Samurai and others have seen a fair share of Nintendo promotion.

I think Nintendo likes to take a safer route with new IPs in that regard, and it's a pretty smart business move. I honestly would not mind seeing a full on console experience about Dillon after the sequel.

Y_51502019d ago

Pushnmo was a new IP and it's great!

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MikeMyers2019d ago

What he's saying is essentially what's happening with franchises getting reboots. You have familiar IP's with existing userbases that makes it easier to sell because the name still holds value. New IP's can be more risky.

Nintendo has innovated familiar franchises. Look at how Super Mario has evolved over the years. Same with Metroid and Zelda. They are usually all new experiences with new gameplay elements, not just prettier graphics.

They still need to create new franchises from scratch. What was the last RPG they created and I'm not talking about games they publish with 3rd party publishers like The Last Story.

Kalowest2019d ago

"What was the last RPG they created"
Xenoblade Chronicles, they own Monolith Soft.

"I'm not talking about games they publish with 3rd party publishers like The Last Story."
You mean 2nd or 3rd party devs.

Dj7FairyTail2018d ago

Mistwalker is not a publisher they a developer. They are like platinum games who seek publishers to fund new games with them. Nintendo owns The Last Story.

badz1492019d ago

"If Nintendo has existing characters that are best suited to new gameplay, according to Miyamoto, it makes more sense to include recognizable characters in new games."

I think he meant

"If Nintendo has new games that are best suited to new gameplay, according to Miyamoto, it makes more money to use recognizable characters in new games."

and that's what we call as MILKING of characters!

LOL_WUT2019d ago

Couldn't have said it any better +1 ;)

PopRocks3592019d ago

So in other words, you're taking his words completely out of context. You guys are not only misrepresenting Miyamoto, you're also misrepresenting the term "milking" in that context as well.

Guitar Hero and Call of Duty do NOTHING to change their formula.

Mario has been in arcade games, sports games, puzzle games, platforming games, kart racers and even RPGs.

How the hell can you call it milking when numerous installments have not even been in the same genre?

GenericNameHere2019d ago

This is what I've been saying to others all this. I'm fine with Nintendo games, but they seriously have to stop putting Mario in everything. Mario Party, Mario Kart, Mario Soccer, Dr. Mario, Super Mario, Mario DDR, Hotel Mario (ok, bad example)... Mario this, Mario that. Know why Nintendo puts Mario in everything? Because his games SELL. Exchange Mario with another name on the games I listed. Pikmin Kart? Sure, hardcore Nintendo fans and a FEW non-Nintendo fanboys will get, but I bet it won't even reach HALF the sales Mario Kart would get. *Some old dude* Soccer? 10K at the most. I know every other company does the same too, but Mario is one of the most recognizable fictional character in not only the gaming scene, but even the general public all around the world too, as he's been active for over 25 years.

Nintendo NEEDS to create newer characters, rather than having to rely on Mario and Link and Pokémon every generation. Yeah, 3rd party games for the handhelds are abundant and creative, but not much on the console side.

MasterCornholio2019d ago


"Guitar Hero and Call of Duty do NOTHING to change their formula."

And your saying that Nintendo produces a completely unique Mario game with each iteration? The forumula for all the side scrolling Mario games are basically the same.


Super Mario World

Super Mario Bros 3

New Super Mario Bros

New Super Mario Bros Wii

New Super Mario Bros Wii U

Yoshis Island

New Super Mario Bros 2

Oh jeez theres so many side scrolling Mario games that play the same that i got bored of posting them.

But theres a reason why Nintendo have made all these Mario games this way. And thats because many people enjoy them which brings in a ton of revenue for Nintendo. This is the main reason why Nintendo refuses to create anything new is because their old ips still sell well. I can guarantee you that the day Mario stops selling is the day that Nintendo releases a new IP.

Whymii2018d ago (Edited 2018d ago )

No. That's called smart. Nintendo is not in the business of making games, they are in the business of making money. As long as they are profitable, gamers will get to enjoy whatever gameplay ideas or IPs they create. Many companies have lost sight of this fact and as a result are no longer operating.

Remember that Nintendo has been operating for over 100 years and I can safely assume that most weren't focused on Mario. Who knows what the next 100 years have in store for them, maybe video games will evolve into something unrecognisable to today, but I'm fairly certain they will still be around in some form.

Companies that survive for over 100 years tend to keep on going, think Shell, Mercedes, etc, that's what they are good at, surviving. Why, because they make money regardless of what is happening in the world or changes to technologies and societies.

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animegamingnerd2019d ago

even though monolith nintendo does own so xenoblade a new IP

GenericNameHere2019d ago

I thought Xenoblade is a sequel (or rather a spiritual successor) to Xenosaga on the PS2?

lilbroRx2019d ago

Not really. The creator did relate the characters to Xenogears but they can't take place in the same world just as Xenosaga could not be officially made as a sequel to Xenogears do to Square owning the rights.

Xenoblade is its own original world.

MegaLagann2018d ago

Easy mistake, but no. Originally the game was going to be called "Monado: Beginning of the World" but changed it to Xenoblade as a tribute to Takahashi's hard work on the game and as a nod to his previous games Xenogears and Xenosaga. But none of the games are connected. Xenogears is owned by Square, Xenosaga is owned by Namco and Xenoblade is owned by Nintendo.

TongkatAli2019d ago

Nintendo buy Conkers from Microsoft, little bit of you died when you lost that Ip and it was M rated and still fitted the look of Nintendo characters.

BullyMangler2019d ago (Edited 2019d ago )

Miyamoto exposed the other day that this time in pikmin 3, we would be able to take pics of the land and share the in game snaps with others. The pictures he showed us of this feature revealed FACE to FACE shots of huge monsters/bolborbs and glowing mushrooms the size of bushes, as if pikmin 3 was to now be in 1st person mode. That would give us a whole NEW camera angle from which to experience the pikmin world = An ants eye view, up close and personal with these beasts, not just a birds eye view. .
What if this is true? . . . . . .

Relientk772019d ago

Nintendo make some new IPs

LOL_WUT2019d ago

@ Relientk77 Exactly, well said.

I mean this is fine and all but, that doesn't give Nintendo a pass solely because they're trying to figure out which of their old characters suit their new game. If anything thats playing it safe, Nintendo needs to be more of a risk taker IMO. ;)

lilbroRx2019d ago (Edited 2019d ago )

They've made dozens of new I.P.s people just pretend they don't exist when bashing them for some reason. I guess it would be to inconvenient for Nintendo haters if they lost the "all Nintendo makes are Mario and Zelda" mantra.

They've only release 3 major 3D Mario titles and 3 major 3D Zelda titles in the last 12 years. Some how that translates into "all that they make".

Brain Academy, Nintendogs, Chibi Robo, Battalion Wars, Baten Kaitos, Soma Bringer, Geist, Pikmin, Advance Wars, Custom Robo, Excite Truck, Excitebots, Epic Yarn, Wii Sports, Wii Fit, Wii Music, Wii Play, Xenoblade, The Last Story, Flingsmash, Fluidity, Rhythm Heaven, Wonderful 101, X, *Fatal Frame*, Captain Rainbow, Pilot Wings, Measure Up, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, Rhythm Hunter, and Face Raiders don't exist to Nintendo haters who like beating this rhetoric into the ground or the other long running franchises. They don't like contradictions

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