Following on from the E3 announcement of Donkey Kong Country Returns, it seems that something Shigeru Miyamoto had said in the past about the SNES original has re-surfaced. In a recent interview with IGN, Miyamoto cleared up the situation surrounding claims that he didn't like Donkey Kong Country, despite his involvement in the game's development.
The first point that I want to make is that I actually worked very closely with Rare on the original Donkey Kong Country. And apparently recently some rumour got out that I didn't really like that game? I just want to clarify that that's not the case, because I was very involved in that. And even emailing almost daily with Tim Stamper right up until the end.
Tim Stamper was co-founder of Rare and it's nice to hear that Miyamoto was so attached to the game, as the frequency of his correspondence clearly shows.
He also goes on to say that the new instalment should carry on the tradition of having unique and recognisable rendering and special effects, much like the original. Stating that they were something that couldn't be found in Mario games, it's clear that Miyamoto still holds originality and style as core foundations for video games.