In a recent interview with Gamerkult, Mr. Nintendo himself, Shigeru Miyamoto has said it is very unlikely that he will work on another Mario game after upcoming Nintendo Wii U game Super Mario 3D World (due November 29th in EU). This isn’t a total surprise as Miyamoto has been taking a diminished role in recent Mario Games. However, the news will still hit Nintendo fans hard.
Shigeru Miyamoto is the creator of many of the most popular and successful Nintendo franchises. Beyond Mario, he is also the mind responsible for The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, F-Zero, Star Fox and more recently Pikmin. Subtract these titles from Nintendo’s back catalogue – and the machine has virtually nothing left! He IS that important.
So why on Earth should Nintendo fans be rejoicing right now? Well, if we look at the reasons behind him stepping back, we see a much more exciting picture. After explaining that he doesn’t feel he will have the time and energy future Mario projects will demand, he went on to say:
Instead, I want to get involved more heavily in the development of new, smaller-scale projects, but that doesn’t necessarily mean just modest downloadable titles. It’s not impossible that I’ll present a new game as principal creator in the future…”
Finally! New games, new character, new franchises! All possible in the near future with influence from Miyamoto. This is what Nintendo has needed for some time. Something new, something fresh. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a Mario game, love Zelda so much I’ve bought Nintendo consoles purely on the assumption there’ll be a new Zelda in the works and really like a lot of the other Miyamoto franchises. My problem stems from the fact that every new Nintendo generation brings the same few faces. They look better, have bigger worlds – and occasionally do something different. They’ve also been abused somewhat. Many lackluster games have had Mario’s face plastered over the top to raise sales (and expectations). Others have seen re-releases or remakes instead of new stories.
The fact that Miyamoto recognises there’s a need to try something new is a HUGE story for Nintendo and this is the first shred of news that has gotten me excited about Nintendo’s future in a long time!
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Richard is a father, teacher, gamer and writer. He believes that The Last of Us and Olli Olli 2 are the finest games ever made, feels that the StarWars Saga should only be watched in ‘the Machete order’ and once cleared Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in one sitting. Took him 20 hours, four cups of tea and a sausage roll. You can follow him on twitter @TLOUFactionsMP or @VigilanteSanta and view his occasional twitch outbursts on twitch.tv/spooklebeans.