IGN's Shigeru Miyamoto Interview

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  1. Trolly

    Trolly GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Sep 14, 2007
    Behind you! I know you looked!
    <b>Article taken straight from here:</b> <a href="http://uk.wii.ign.com/articles/991/991714p1.html" target="_blank">http://uk.wii.ign.com/articles/991/991714p1.html</a>

    <!--quoteo--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE</div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec--><!--sizeo:5--><span style="font-size:18pt;line-height:100%"><!--/sizeo--><b>E3 2009: What Happened to Link's Sword?
    Shigeru Miyamoto says the next Wii Zelda will see an even older Link... and could he be minus a sword?
    by Matt Casamassina </b>
    <b>US, June 4, 2009</b> - IGN's Nintendo Team met with Nintendo's master designer Shigeru Miyamoto at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles this week. The famed creator of the Mario and Zelda franchises spoke about all of the new each series, covered Nintendo's design philosophy, provided a few more details about Pikmin 3 and more. But he also gave us an exclusive hint about the next Zelda for Wii. Exactly what does it mean? We'll let you decide.


    <b>IGN: Great seeing you again, Mr. Miyamoto. We know that you have been trying to make your games -- even traditional ones -- appealing to a wider spectrum of audiences. In Hollywood, the same studios might make an R-rated horror movie and also work on a G-rated family movie, specifically targeting two very different demographics. Have you thought about taking this approach with your games and do you think trying to appease all players ultimately dilutes your games? </b>

    <b>Shigeru Miyamoto:</b> I consider myself in some respects a writer and as a creator in that vein, I don't really have anything negative to say about my own work, of course. The work that I do generally is just something that appeals to a wider range. I've produced other games that third and second-party games have developed for us that are, as you would say, focused on one particular audience and I have no problem with that whatsoever. I've done that. As to why we don't do that, as for example, Mario Paint, if we just went and honed it down, that would be a game that could be just for artists. Again, I would never say anything bad, maybe, those writers focused on making something for a specific audience, but, you know, one of the problems we face in the gaming industry is that the gaming population is shrinking. There are less people playing games. And one of our goals is to bring that back up.

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    For us, the products that we make really just sort of match that goal naturally, so that's why we are taking that route. To further expound upon that, I think that when we are working with other developers, a lot of times they will try to come and make games that are very Nintendo-esque, and that's something that we actually ask them to stop doing. We say, if you're going to make a game with us, try to make something that really expresses your vision and what you would like to do. So we hope in the future to go ahead and work with people to again make games that are maybe more skewed toward an older audience or a more focused audience.

    <b>IGN: At your developer roundtable this week, you showed off a single piece of artwork from the next Wii Zelda game. This piece of art has not yet been released publicly, but we noticed that Link appears to have grown to full adulthood. He looks older than he did in Twilight Princess. Is that a correct assumption? </b>

    <b>Shigeru Miyamoto:</b> Well, the story setting for this Zelda is, of course, in a completely different era and Link is older than he was previously. More approaching adulthood. There is one hint. Maybe from the art work you can see that he's not holding a sword.

    <b>IGN: Has he lost his Master Sword? </b>

    <b>Shigeru Miyamoto:</b> [Laughing] I just wanted to make sure that you understand we are making it. That's all I'm going to say on that subject.

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    <b>IGN: Does the game follow the story progression of Twilight Princess or is it something completely different?</b>

    <b>Shigeru Miyamoto:</b> I can't go into details except to say that it's something completely different.

    <b>IGN: You just mentioned that the game audience is shrinking and that Nintendo is always looking for ways to entice new players. Is this something that you're thinking about for the new Zelda, too, or is there a separation where that's off limits because the franchise is traditionally hardcore? </b>

    <b>Shigeru Miyamoto:</b> I think we do this with Mario and Zelda as well. When we are working on the plans for them, we are trying to come up with ways where we can satisfy our longtime fans and bring new players into the franchises as well. That's something we're always looking at. However, when I get involved in a title, I focus a lot on more experience and the more advanced gameplay elements. If I get into it, there's a tendency for difficulty levels to ramp up so that's something I really have to watch for myself to make sure that I don't do that.

    <b>IGN: Twilight Princess obviously started on GameCube and then came to Wii. We remember you saying that the team wanted to do more visually with the game for Wii, but ran out of time. So can we assume the visuals for this new game will set a new bar for Wii graphics? </b>

    <b>Shigeru Miyamoto:</b> Well, yeah, again I can't say anything in detail about the graphics in-game or anything like that. But I can tell you, as you just pointed out, that Twilight Princess was developed and ran on both hardwares while this new game will be only on Wii, so I think there are some expectations as to what it will be since we are focused on this console.

    <b>IGN: Tell us about the four-player mode in Legend of Zelda: The Spirit Tracks. </b>

    <b>Shigeru Miyamoto:</b> Yeah, if you remember in Phantom Hourglass we had that two-player tag. This time we're bringing four people local wireless and there will be some similar sort of tag-like gameplay. I don't want to give too much away about what the gameplay will be, but I think it will be really exciting. And there are some cooperative elements. Remember back to what, maybe, Four Swords' gameplay was like. But you won't be using any swords.

    <b>IGN: Onto Super Mario Galaxy 2. We remember a quote from you awhile back where you said that you loved the foundation created for that game, but you wanted to see it taken further. Maybe make it more difficult. Is that true? </b>

    <b>Shigeru Miyamoto:</b> I don't know if I want to make it more difficult or more challenging or maybe just more innovative or unique. But there were so many elements that we want to use and so many ideas that we had that we weren't able to implement last time around. So I'm hoping this is just filled with moments where players go, "Oh, hey, that's a great idea. Oh, what an interesting concept that is." And you saw in the videos that drill item that you use to drill through the different platforms and worlds and whatnot, and that's really exciting -- there's a lot of really high-action moments using that to navigate parts of the world.

    <b>IGN: We have to ask about Pikmin 3, of course. What happened to it at this year's show? Also, if we've got it right, Pikmin was the last original IP you came up with specifically for traditional gamers. Any idea when we can expect a new so-called hardcore property from you? </b>

    <b>Shigeru Miyamoto:</b> In regards to the IP question, I really don't consider Pikmin to be the last original IP. I look at the Miis, the Wii Sports, Nintendogs -- these are all original IPs from me. Even the island in Wii Sports Resort, I'm considering that an IP -- that island itself.

    <b>IGN: We're thinking more along the lines of a strictly hardcore title versus those you mentioned, which fall into the casual category, too. </b>

    <b>Shigeru Miyamoto:</b> No, I'm all dried up [laughs]. But luckily, there are lots of young and creative people at Nintendo, so I think they're really going to be driving a lot of that new original IP and yeah, we do have a lot of really great stuff that we're thinking about. And in terms of Pikmin, I've always thought of it more of an expanded audience title myself so if a longtime fans think of it as something for them and if our expanded fans think of it as something for them, well, that's great for us.

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    <b>IGN: What's the status on Pikmin 3?</b>

    <b>Shigeru Miyamoto:</b> As you know, this year we've announced a lot of games. Amongst those there are so many that I've been deeply involved with. Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus, Super Mario Galaxy 2, New Super Mario Bros. Wii. I have just been running around extremely busy. With Pikmin 3, we've got all the basics pretty much done. Now it's just a matter of how do we go in and fill that out? What sort of work do we give our designers? That team has been constantly been moving forward. So with a little time, we'll be able to make more progress and I hope we can bring you something that will make you happy.

    <b>IGN: Have you thought about making a Wii game that uses two Wii remotes with MotionPlus?</b>

    <b>Shigeru Miyamoto:</b> I think if Wii Sports Resort sells really well, that's something we'd definitely like to think about. Like, table manners.

    <b>IGN: We're going to suggest Marionette, the title that popped up on Nintendo release lists a long time ago and then disappeared. You use two Wii remotes to control Mario like a puppeteer.</b>

    <b>Shigeru Miyamoto:</b> That puppet team really still wants to work on that so maybe we've got something really cool with that.

    <b>IGN: As far as DSiWare and WiiWare, is there anything you would like to do personally on those platforms? </b>

    <b>Shigeru Miyamoto:</b> In relation to DSiWare, Flip Note Studio is something I really wanted to do for a long time. I'm working with Mr. [Yoshiaki] Koizumi, who was the director of Super Mario Galaxy and producer of Super Mario Galaxy 2. This is a really, really innovative piece of software that allows you to create your own flip-book style animations. I hope it's got some really great tools that will allow people to be very creative.

    <b>IGN: Finally, can you tell us something cool that you haven't told anybody else?</b>

    <b>Shigeru Miyamoto:</b> [Laughs] I think I've told you guys stuff already that I haven't told other people. Now this is something that was just announced last night out of Japan. I don't have any solid plans outside of Japan, but we are releasing with Monster Hunter Tri a black Wii. And then there's a classic controller grip.

    Thanks to Shigeru Miyamoto for the interview.<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->
  2. Dark_linis

    Dark_linis GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 23, 2008
    United States
    What a great guy.

    He cares about all gamers. 'Hardcore' and 'casual'.
  3. CockroachMan

    CockroachMan Scribbling around GBATemp's kitchen.

    Jan 14, 2006
    I noticed that in all interviews that he gave this year.. he's been a lot more open about Nintendo projects, he answered the questions about Zelda Wii and Pikmin 3 with more than I expected, I remember he answering those kind of questions just with "Sorry, can't talk about that"

    Hopefully Pikmin 3 and Zelda Wii will be the "Galaxy 2 and Metroid" for next E3 [​IMG]
  4. illumina

    illumina GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 15, 2006
    the second picture is classic
  5. cosmiccow

    cosmiccow Original Hippie

    Feb 5, 2008
    Gambia, The
    Nice interview with some interesting insights [​IMG]
  6. SoulAnger

    SoulAnger MENUdo's Developer

    Jul 3, 2007
    Miyamoto is always awesome. ^^
    Have you guys read all of his articles on kotaku? [​IMG]
    His developer's table is awesome.
    And he also spilled the New Mario Bros on purpose. [​IMG]

    Man gotta love shiggy. ^^
    He's one of the reasons why nintendo's conference wasnt that good. :\
    (For pit sake stop letting that stupid female talk on e3 nintendo!)

    edit: Oh he also checked the PSP-go. He got pictured. [​IMG]
  7. EnigmaXtreme

    EnigmaXtreme GBAtemp Maniac

    Jan 1, 2009
    Tasmania, Australia
    Ive said it once and ill say it again

    Miyamoto is a GOD!
  8. Cablephish

    Cablephish Show me...

    Apr 23, 2008
    Figures at least one person would say that, hahaha.

    Anyway, yeah he went into quite a bit of detail with the games and what's going on with them. What a great guy.
  9. Canonbeat234

    Canonbeat234 Redeemed Temper

    Sep 24, 2008
    He's very impressive for his age. He made Nintendo and over the years he has been watching the gaming community change and shift from left to right. The NGC was a good/last attempt for being that hardcore gaming experience to people but when he realize that the graphics on the NGC was nothing like the Xbox and PS2 he understood that games never was really about the graphics but the people who wants to enjoy them.

    So the direction of the Wii migrates 'casual' and 'hardcore' players into one. Reason why there's more shovelware for casual players and the all-star franchise is still there which attract most hardcore Nintendo fans. This guy is a freakin' genius no matter what he does :wtf:
  10. frantier123

    frantier123 GBAtemp Regular

    Nov 9, 2008
    Here's the site for those who are curious:


    The worst thing is, the Sony guy is laughing ... is it approving the fact that Nintendo is trying out their PSP go, or is he giving a evil smile 'cos he thinks Nintendo would steal ideas from them? *jkjk*
  11. DeMoN

    DeMoN GBAtemp Guru

    May 12, 2004
    United States
    Despite Miyamoto being a genius, this picture needs to be made fun of.
  12. Domination

    Domination GBAtemp Psycho!

    Nov 28, 2008
    Your Mum
    I really love shiggy [​IMG]

    He is Shakespeare and Walt Disney reincarnated into the gaming industry! His games are really awesome. He is probably one of the few things Nintendo can't live without, another one of the few things being money. See, that highlights his importance [​IMG]
  13. Jiggah

    Jiggah GBAtemp Maniac

    Nov 9, 2002
    United States
  14. jan777

    jan777 motion control..? srsly? so 2008. 3DS is teh bombz

    Jan 4, 2008
    im testing my avatar

    miyamoto rules!
  15. BoxShot

    BoxShot Chiyo-chan :3

    Dec 18, 2008
    United States
    Middle of the ocean.
    Lol hey look its a squished head version of miyamoto. As I can't tell his facial expression for the psp go I will imagine him thinking that the controls are squished like jan777's avatar. [​IMG]
  16. dinofan01

    dinofan01 Misses the old days...

    Jul 4, 2008
    United States
    Shiggy is the best. It's a damn shame he can't live forever. Its really said when you hear Iwata or Shiggy bring up his retirement. Oh and teh concept art of link isn't as different as I thought it would be. Everyone said he looked older and mature and I see very little difference. He just looks taller becasue of that short girl. Link looks naked without his sword.
  17. jan777

    jan777 motion control..? srsly? so 2008. 3DS is teh bombz

    Jan 4, 2008
    lol, i wanted to crop it but i was lazy
  18. Law

    Law rip ninjacat that zarcon made me

    Aug 14, 2007
    Uh, wasn't the GC more powerful than the PS2? From what I remember many games that were on both systems ran better on the GC (Killer7, Resi 4, VJ).

    I guess the only thing holding it back was the disc space.

    Also Link doing nothing but bare-fist fighting would be awesome.
  19. jan777

    jan777 motion control..? srsly? so 2008. 3DS is teh bombz

    Jan 4, 2008
    MAYBE (well i hope) link get a master lightsaber! and all his weapons get upgraded to some hi tech shit

    lol that will be good...like a metroid-zelda hybrid


    bare fist will be good also

    or i can imagine him spitting on the enemies ala chop till you drop (and maybe also get to use the items in the environment)
  20. Pizzaroo

    Pizzaroo douchebag

    Feb 2, 2008
    United States
    I have to do this: And now for something, completely different.