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Miyamoto Ready to Create a New Character

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

This is the year for it, he says

Nintendo superman Shigeru Miyamoto is a man who can extract esoteric game concepts out of the most mundane things. So what's he been up to lately?

During a Q&A session with investors (as translated by Andriasang), Miyamoto explained exactly what he's been keeping himself busy with outside of work. Swimming and youth guidance, apparently.

Also, I'm still full of energy. Recently, I've been doing a lot of things – continuing to work hard at swimming, for instance, and also having exchanges with school kids, doing such things a serving on a neighborhood youth guidance committee.

Miyamoto has in the past mentioned how Nintendo doesn't really like when he talks about his hobbies, as they tend to turn into important titles for Nintendo. He got a dog and Nintendogs happened. He got a cat and now Nintendogs + Cats is happening. He likes to guess the weight and measurements of things and delivered Wii Fit. Gardening? Pikmin.

Pikmin also happens to be the last time Miyamoto created an original character, which was first released back in 2000. We're not sure what a Pikmin's life expectancy is, but we'd wager the first batch is all dead by now. That leaves plenty of room for something new.

I think that next year I can probably deliver something new. I'm still active on the development scene, so please look forward to [my output]. It's been nearly 10 years since I made the Pikmin character, so I feel this is the year where I must at long last make a new character. This is as far as I'll answer today.

Don't be surprised if whatever he cooks up includes swimming youths.

Thanks to everyone that sent this in.

[via andriasang.com]

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User Comments (42)

TwilightV

#2

TwilightV said:

I'm looking forward to seeing Miyamoto-Sensei introducing a new hero. :)

By the way, wouldn't it be interesting if Nintendo asked it's fans to come up with games for WiiWare/DSiWare or something? That would be like a dream come true... <3

warioswoods

#4

warioswoods said:

The Miis are themselves equivalent to a new character concept / IP that often gets overlooked. They've become as big a symbol of the company as Mario & friends, in some ways.

Ravage

#5

Ravage said:

Miis were also present on some versions of the Famicom in Japan. So not new. Millionaire Man perhaps?

pixelman

#9

pixelman said:

Awesome. Can't wait to see what gaming's mastermind can come up with next. :3

warioswoods

#10

warioswoods said:

@5

The Famicom just had a rudimentary "design an avatar face" kind of thing (which can be found in many games in various forms), but the Miis are a substantial icon for the Wii era. It's completely different. I stand by the assertion that the Miis are almost as iconic for Nintendo in this generation as any other character they've created.

Ravage

#11

Ravage said:

I disagree. I found Miis to be a mild distraction at best, which is what every other avatar creation system is like. Character creators are a different beast however.

hatty475

#13

hatty475 said:

Well, if he's into swimming then I suspect a water based character. My guess is they'd look like a human but could breathe underwater. Underwater levels can have a lot of detail to them. Plus we haven't seen a big underwater IP in a while. (Still waiting for Ecco 3 btw)

EdEN

#14

EdEN said:

My guess is he'll create a new franchise for 3DS since it will be a new product with at least 5-6 years of life, enough to bring more than one new game to the series. Or maybe launch on Wii in December 2011 and then carry on on the Wii 2 or 3DS.

TwilightV

#18

TwilightV said:

I dunno about underwater. We did just finally get Starfy after all...

Edit: Or did you all forget? >: (

warioswoods

#20

warioswoods said:

@Ravage

I'm guessing you don't list Wii Sports Resort, Wii Fit Plus, and Wii Music amongst the most important pieces of software for the Wii, but I certainly do, and the Miis are fundamental to the whole aesthetic and approach of those titles.

MeloMan

#21

MeloMan said:

Let's see. We have Starfy underwater. Sega had Seaman and Ecco. I'm trying to think of something unique Nintendo could do about "water" and a new "character", if indeed both are related. Meh, well, whatever.

Pikmin was a delightful concept for it's time, but it didn't really satiate my interest for "new IPs" from Nintendo. I'm looking for something that will be more impactful... it doesn't have to match the presence of Mario or Zelda, but it needs to be something that not just niche folk or Nintendo fans stand up and take notice to. C'mon Nintendo, YOU CAN DO IT!

Noire

#23

Noire said:

The Adventures of Dolphin Boy.

My dream better come true, Miyamoto.

Musashi

#24

Musashi said:

...I'm pretty sure that no matter what this man comes up with, it will be epic.

WaveyChristmas

#28

WaveyChristmas said:

Awesome! :D
And you know, Pikmin NPC is still chillin in my Wii collection unopened. I'm just too busy with my other unplayed games hehe.

BulbasaurusRex

#30

BulbasaurusRex said:

A swimming youth is okay with me if it's a hot, teenage girl in a bikini.;)

Whoever it is better show up in the next Super Smash Bros. game.

JGMR

#32

JGMR said:

He shouldn't talk about creating a new IP since creativity is a spontaneous process. You cannot force yourself to create something wonderful, as it must come natural to you; let it grow as a flower. Do, but do not talk fist, and then thereafter start doing. Mario and all his other creations didn't come into being by imposing or forcing the will by wanting to get something done; they are all spiritual, spontaneous and therefore intelligent creations. And one who doesn't understand that, doesn't understand making or enjoying true works of art, like the great videogames or even paintings.

You don't sit down and begin to paint with the intention of making 'the most amazing painting ever'; you sit down and let the brush and yourself become one, adjusting and in the end creating something you didn't suspect at all, it is a process of surprising even yourself. As in his own case, he didn't announce first that he was going to create a great something and luckily thereafter Mario was born : Mario & co. were made without an secondary intention behind them, they were not created on demand from himself or from another.... :s No, this is not a very good sign from Miyamoto-san as his motivation is a anti-natural, anti-artistic one, all too deliberate.

miketh2005

#33

miketh2005 said:

The game isn't coming out this year! He said: "I think that NEXT year I can probably DELIVER something new."

Notice he says: "So I feel this is the year where I must at long last MAKE a new character."

So he'll MAKE the character this year, but DELIVER is NEXT year. Which is kind of a short time, ain't it? Maybe it's just a WiiWare or 3DSWare game :/

WiiLovePeace

#34

WiiLovePeace said:

@32: Hahahaha, you're trying to tell the creator of the greatest gaming characters of our time how to create... Hahahaha. I think he has a little bit of experience & knows what he's doing ;-)

JimLad

#35

JimLad said:

I think that's the coolest picture I've ever seen of him.
As for a new character... meh. Miyamoto's always been aboout the games not the characters or story. I hope we see a great new IP, rather than just a new weird looking thing of a character.

JGMR

#37

JGMR said:

@WiiLovePeace He should create, that is my point. But as just as i said, you can NOT create something with a secondary motivation. Otherwise you are no artist, or you forgot how it actually is to be a artist. I'm an artist myself, and i never ever made the intention to create a innovative thing, ever. I cannot say that sometime this year i will paint a great landscape painting. The motivation would be a ambitious one, which is imposed onto the creation by force and not dedication and love.

Remember, I'm not bashing Miyamoto as such, i think as a true gamer one should be absolutely critical on such subject matters. If you're not, you allow mostly lousy products to fill the shelves as it actually is for a while now. Miyamoto is no god, he is a human being like you and i, and just like everybody else he needs time and space to express himself, which is the main key to innovation.

When you're ready to create something, you put it together immediately, you begin scratching gently and let it develop naturally. Actually the word 'ready' cannot be found in an artist's mentality, for you open yourself up to be in a creative state or you close yourself off by limitations you put upon yourself like time or money or whatever. An artist loves creativity, he loves development, he loves things that grow as all nature does. So, you're not gonna say to a Van Gogh that you want a great masterpiece within a certain period of time! You're not gonna say:"Well now i am ready, let's create someting..." or "Sometime in the future i will be a great artist". You're ready or not. And whatever the case may be, as an artist you keep it to yourself, you don't brag about it.

aaronsullivan

#40

aaronsullivan said:

@90's Gamer
That's quite a dreamland you're living in bud. :) Artist's who are in demand and paid need to perform on schedule. Simple as that. You can certainly plan to make something and deliver, even if you don't know specifically how it will turn out.

What you are talking about is a mindset and an ideal. It's a place to start, but that's about it. :)

AminalCrosser

#41

AminalCrosser said:

idk, what nintendo needs is originality, its losing its special touch. so its time for a new character, hope it isnt like the wiiware game :fluidity. i hated that :(

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