Miyamoto: It is in “difficult times” that Nintendo “find that next new thing”


Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto is well aware that the company is facing “difficult times,” as the Wii U struggles to gain ground with consumers.

Although he remains hopeful, sharing his belief that in such situations they “have a tendency to find that next new thing.” Younger developers are making their own games, which we have already seen with Splatoon, and now that Mario Kart 8 has concluded development that team is experimenting with new experiences for Wii U.

“Certainly we’ve had tough times before, but the numbers have never been as bad as they are now. In my years with Nintendo what I’ve found is that it’s always in those difficult times that we have a tendency to find that next new thing. And I think that maybe we’re seeing a little bit of that [now at E3],” Miyamoto discussed with Kotaku.

“We also have younger members of the team now, and they’re wanting to create their own games and have their own ideas. Splatoon is a good example of that. That’s being made by some very young members of the group. They’re having a lot of freedom to create the game that they want.

“And of course we just finished Mario Kart, and what’s now going on is that a lot of the people working on Mario Kart, their hands are free and they’re coming up with ideas and doing a lot of experimentation with what they can do with two-screen gameplay and they’re having a lot of fun doing that.”

Alex Seedhouse
After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.
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