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Miyamoto Talks the New Generation Behind the Wii U

Posted by Trevor Chan

Expect new heroes on the console

General manager at Nintendo EAD Shigeru Miyamoto spoke to French newspaper Libération after the events of E3 and gave a little insight into the development of the Wii U and how there's a new generation of designers emerging.

When Libération asked Miyamoto if he was the brains behind the Wii U's hardware design, he responded with:

For the GameCube and Wii I was really deeply involved from the start and the design of the structure and development processes... for the Wii [U], I would say it represents the beginning of a transition with younger generations of Nintendo engineers who have been more involved in the development of the project. I am still very present and engaged myself, but less directly. It's like I stepped aside: I followed step by step work and gave them advice.

So the Wii U sounds like it's the result of a new generation of thinking coming into play, but Miyamoto seems happy to continue doing something that was done back in the days of the GameCube (and further, of course): inventing new characters. Pikmin for the GameCube was Miyamoto's effort in crafting a new brand of protagonists and as well as working on Pikmin 3 for the Wii U, he inevitably sees the console as an ideal place for new creations to flourish:

[Creating new characters and heroes] was my goal with the Pikmin... the [Wii U] looks good: it is the ideal system to accommodate new types of games and new characters.


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NintyMan said:

I eagerly await what new franchise or IP Miyamoto creates next. I would almost challenge him to make it just as good as Mario and Zelda. You can't make a great new series unless you have the willpower and drive to make it just as great as your other creations.



pixelman said:

Haha yeah, seriously. I'd like to see new stuff, just move on from the Mii's please, Miyamoto. :3



motang said:

Hmm, so Wii U is designed by younger engineers, I think Miyamoto just passed on the torch.



PSICOffee said:

I'd love to see more IPs that are good from Miyamoto, but what good is it if they have one game and are forgotten. *ahem MOLE MANIA

Not even Pikmin has a lot of support (still haven't seen any proof Pikmin 3 for the Wii U even exists).



erv said:

After pikmin, indeed give us something new.

But boy oh boy... PIKMIN!



MitchVogel said:

I hope they really start making more pikmin games. 2 games hardly qualifies as a full blown series.



Megumi said:

Yeah we're due for another new character...or whatever you wanna call it...I mean, Olimar was the last one, right?



MarioMario said:

I would like to see F-Zero to make a comeback >_<

But a new Franchise would be cool. It would be nice to see a new adventure game like Zelda.. Nintendo has plenty of platformers right now



AVahne said:

Fzero with 32 player online?

Star fox with more than 20 players online?



Crunchy_in_milk said:

I'd love to see some new IPs from the new devolopers but after how badly some of their new IPs have sold recently (at least in the U.S.) I don't have my hopes up that high. (ex: Chibi robo, Drill Dozer)



kkslider5552000 said:

This is some DESPERATELY needed good news. Granted, it's just want one man believes will happen, but if there's ANYONE I'm willing to believe, it's Miyamoto.



Incredible-JMAN said:

nintendo seriosly needs to bring back some of their greatest franchises, starfox, fzero, and a new exciteBIKE (not trucks, not bots) and of course, pikmin which IS coming back! YAY!



bonesy91 said:

Finally! some hope (We need some new Heroes, the Old ones have enough games to keep them interesting as is)

and I can't wait for Pikmin 3!



Ryno said:

The good news is that there will be new characters and heroes that will be desgined for the Wii U. The bad news is they are not leaving Japan.



Henmii said:

I hope he creates a totally new 3D free-roaming platformer franchise, or a totally new Zelda-like adventure franchise. And hopefully it will excite me!

And Nintendo should put all their heart in it! And by that I mean: Not only should it look and play great, it should also have great marketing! They should do everything to make it a succes!



Punny said:

I bet this next character will be just as awesome as Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Zelda, Luigi, Fox, Yoshi, and Olimar. Miyamoto is a master at making icons. Maybe we'll see a new genre, too!



yoyogamer said:

I'm all in for new IP's, but I hope the 3DS gets one Mii-filled game. I spent a lot of time scanning QR codes, and I want to be able to Torturer, er, play as the Miis I have collected. Oh, and some Pikimin 3 info would be nice. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!



Omarzuqo said:

So, Miyamoto wasn't involved in the hardware creation of the Wii U. That explains alot.



C-195 said:

A new franchise would be great but, I'd still like sequels to some other Nintendo franchises cough F-Zero.

Not involved in the Wii U's creation?, Miyamoto is hardly an engineer but his advice probably would have helped a lot.



FriedSquid said:

I heard about him wanting new characters before. This could make the Wii U a LOT more interesting... Can't wait to see what they bring us!



PSICOffee said:


of course it was announced, it's been announced the past three E3's or so! I'm talking about physical proof with a PICTURE or a VIDEO or some GAMEPLAY. That would really help. There's no evidence for a new SSB game but there was an "announcement" speculating on the possibility or idea of it. As far as we know, Pikmin 3 might still be five years from now or cancelled. We can't keep blindly assuming things will be released, as the cancellation of MML3 showed us.



Gery said:

Just remember though... NO jrpgs for the NA market. Gamers in NA that like them are VERY few, and far between and most NA gamers think they're icky.



alLabouTandroiD said:

Would be great to see some new characters and fresh gameplay ideas by Nintendo. Just keep your strengths and weaknesses in mind to prevent "stories" like in Other M or in Disaster. I mean i liked these games but the way they were they won't sell like cupcakes and not by any chance get more "hardcore" gamers to buy a Wii U.
And put more effort in new games than you did with Steel Diver.



WaveGhoul said:

A Wario Land sequal with the Wii U Controller would be amazing, think of all the amazing ideas and innovations. That controller(because of the screen) seems like the next big step up for future Side Scrollers.

3rd person or first person, or anything that requires you to feel like you're holding an object like a gun, sword, flashlight ect ect however, it completely fails...But that's where the Wii remote plus and Nunchuck come in.



NGpenguin said:

Great idea Miyamoto!
this is what i get for staying with Nintendo. XD some more excitement is rising....

I wonder what kinds of game sereis could be in store?
Maybe a hit like Mario, Pokemon, Pikmin, or Zelda? hmmm......



Burning_Spear said:

New IPs, huh? You had to figure. Nintendo just wants to make more money; they don't care at all about their fans.



hYdeks said:

I really can't wait for the Wii U now knowing a more younger generation of Nintendo peoples designed it. No offence, I loved the gamecube and wii and it felt like they where made by the older people that didn't know much about technology now-a-days.

@Burning_Spear you don't know what your talking about. Nintendo makes awesome games, it's their business, so no du'h thwy want money for it. Go away sony/microsoft fanboy..



Retrogamer88 said:

speak for yourself Gery,i thought Wii U was for everybody and who do you think you are to say there shouldnt be any JRPG's in NA? if you dont like them then dont play them,i am not trying to be a jerk Gery and i am sorry if i come off sounding like one but some gamers these days tick me off when they act all self important with there opinions,and yes you are right with us JRPG people being few but i would like to play them on the Wii U to see what new things they can do with them on the new nintendo console,



Capt_N said:

I'll still hold out on buying a WiiU on day 1, @ least, for now anyway.



tacobell4ever said:

Miyamoto is like a God. The day he retires, I am gonna lock my self in my room and play EVERY Mario, Zelda, Pikmin (etc) game... How he has never one 'most influential person' award will be the biggest mystery.
Then again, I don't think Miyamoto can die. he is like the Japanese Chuck Norris

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