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Miyamoto Focused on New Franchises

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Handing over the Master Sword

In December last year rumours swirled around the internet that Shigeru Miyamoto was planning to retire from his role, reports of which were swiftly denied. Although it transpired as a misinterpreted comment in an interview, it still led to a number of questions about the future of Nintendo and its major franchises.

According to comments in the latest investor's briefing, Mr Miyamoto is in the process of delegating major franchises to other staff members to encourage their development, and also to allow his focus to fall on discovering the next big hit for the company.

Now, I am spending more time than before on finding new ideas for new developments rather than focusing my energy on work in my (development) teams in order to solidify the contents of (existing) franchise titles. After all, developing big hit titles must be the solution. I am acting with the understanding that one big hit title can change multiple phases of a situation in the entertainment business, and I feel that finding such one big hit is my basic job.

Accordingly, for that specific purpose, we are trying to create a new structure. As a result, I feel confident that we are gradually making improvements, and we have already come to the stage where quality software titles with a high completion level have been developed without my active involvement.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata followed up on these comments to confirm that a new generation of developers were performing well.

Also on Mr. Miyamoto’s answer, there are two big development divisions at Nintendo, and I am supervising one, and Mr. Miyamoto is doing so in the other. We are encouraging active communication between the two. We are actively doing so and observing what happens if we assign particular work to people who have never done such work before. So far, we have observed more solid results than originally anticipated.

These comments reiterate statements last year that Shigeru Miyamoto is working on a new range of projects. It sounds like younger developers are finding their feet, meaning that our favourite franchises should be in good hands in the future. In terms of Miyamoto's search for the next big hit, what do you think this could be?

[via nintendo.co.jp]

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User Comments (41)

JayArr

#1

JayArr said:

I think that photo is shopped. Mario and Luigi are much taller IRL.

Spoony_Tech

#2

Spoony_Tech said:

I don't believe this for a min. Zelda is his baby and he will have some input. When you love something its hard to ignore it. Plus I'm sure the development team will ask for his input as well.

Burning_Spear

#3

Burning_Spear said:

You know what, guys? We've been hearing permutations of this for a year now. I don't care what anyone is doing. Just make the games.

Whopper744

#4

Whopper744 said:

I don't think anyone can beat the old favorites, Mario, Zelda, and so on, but I would be really happy to see some new stuff as well. No one makes game characters (or games for that mattter), like Miyamoto.

motang

#5

motang said:

That is good to hear, I just hope it won't be lame as Wii Music, and cool as Pikmin. :)

Kyloctopus

#11

Kyloctopus said:

So who's leading the development of New Super Mario Bros. 3DS? (That's not the official name. But it probably will be. But I didn't expect Mario Kart 3DS to be called Mario Kart 7)

SLiM

#12

SLiM said:

Maybe he's going to work on the next big MMO that will generate lots of revenue for Nintendo :P

NintyMan

#13

NintyMan said:

Good to hear this again. While Mario and Zelda will always hold a place in Miyamoto's heart, there comes a time when something fresh and new can cause some renewed passion. I hope the next series is so ambitious that it can be right up there with Mario and Zelda. Pikmin is nice, but it wasn't meant to be held side-by-side with the big two like the other franchises. It's time to have some fire in the belly.

misswliu81

#14

misswliu81 said:

we've been waiting for the last 2 years or so for nintendo, especially miyamoto to work on a new project and have a new franchise to focus on. because it has been a long while since the last new i.p. that being pikmin.

so it's good to know that they are doing something, and not just rely on zelda, mario etc. hope to see these other new franchises on the 3ds and wii U.

Geonjaha

#15

Geonjaha said:

Well im with @3 with this one. We've heard it so many times now - what's the actual news here? All we've heard is that hes working on new things. Thats great - but unless we're getting details about those games more news posts are redundant. Also yes, we've also heard about him having less influence in the Mario/Zelda franchises, so there's no suprises there. Of course they're ganna be left in good hands.

CosmoXY

#16

CosmoXY said:

Looking forward to whatever new "big hit title" Miyamoto can come up with. Hopefully he'll create a RAD new game world with fun characters and gameplay! Get a Pikmin on 3DS too please.

jdkipfer

#17

jdkipfer said:

Get ready for a Pet Sim Music Game. "Nintendogs Music 3ds" You heard it here first.

ThomasBW84Admin

#19

ThomasBW84 said:

@Geonjaha - It's worth paying attention to comments made in Investor Briefings such as this because they often go into greater detail about the workings in Nintendo. As well as re-affirming previous news that Miyamoto's focus is shifting, there were also comments showing that major game development is going ahead with minimal or perhaps no impact from him. The all-round comments show that new developers are stepping up as key figures in Nintendo's most important franchises.

When the two biggest figures in Nintendo talk about game development, I think it's worth listening.

eviLaTtenDant

#20

eviLaTtenDant said:

After all the success Ninty is seeing with 3DS games that are relatively ordinary one could think that relying on these was enough for them. Glad to see that's not the case with Miyamoto. Brand new stuff on the eShop is great, but they should always try to to make an amazing new retail game.

AltDotNerd

#22

AltDotNerd said:

I want Nintendo to make a game that involves a rabbit that tells you to do barrel rolls!

smileisles

#24

smileisles said:

I am SOOOOOO excited about this! Don't get me wrong...I love all of the classics.....Zelda, Mario, Metroid, DK, etc... But I am thrilled that Mr. Miyamoto is using his brilliant creativity to develop new ideas. In a few years, we may have a new AAA series to look forward to. Go Miyamoto! :)

SomeBitTripFan

#25

SomeBitTripFan said:

I want this soon. The games that aren't coming out (F-Zero, Starfox ,and others) need games. I WANT NINTENDO TO STEAL MY WALLET.

grumblebuzzz

#27

grumblebuzzz said:

I would love to see Retro studios get their hands on Mario and Zelda. I feel like over the past few iterations, Miyamoto has held these franchises back more than he's helped them (IE: stripping the story out of Mario Galaxy 2 and making it more linear and doing the same thing with Zelda: Skyward Sword). Miyamoto has expressed his opinion that story isn't important in games but he is so wrong. In 10 years, I won't remember a single character from Skyward Sword except for maybe Groose. On the flipside, he barely had anything to do with Super Mario 3D Land and I feel like it's the most solid Mario title to emerge in years. There's no denying that the man is a genius and basically single-handedly defined what we know as modern gaming today but I am glad he's giving the reins of my favorite franchises to other younger, more ambitious folks and focusing on forging ahead into new territory.

TimboBaggins

#28

TimboBaggins said:

Pikmin is awesome. But we need something that isn't a puzzle game. Basically, something . But I don't know if that is what is going to happen. Miyamoto is good at creating endearing cartoon style characters, but could he come up with something darker and more adult that has the same addictive play qualities of his other games? Probably not - more anthropomorphized animals, plummers, and elves...but how could I complain with that?

sinalefa

#29

sinalefa said:

I still find hard to establish how much input Miyamoto has on each of Nintendo's games. If you take some Iwata Asks columns as reference, he seems to provide feedback about game ideas, using his common sense and making sure the games are approachable for every kind of player.

Nintendo has been creating new IPs all the time (although most people seem to stop caring after Pikmin), but they don't seem to be as huge as their classic franchises. 3DS has already shown us Steel Diver, Pushmo, Sakura Samurai, Freakyforms and the Rolling Western, all of them small looking titles. So it is really interesting to hear about "Big Titles". Wii Fit, while not my cup of tea, is undoubtedly one of these huge titles.

And I agree about the idea of new blood taking over old franchises. Again on Iwata Asks, Aonuma can be read complaining of not having come up with some neat ideas for Zelda, sometimes because he is too much into it, that he lacks the new angle that a fresh set of eyes can provide. And the old guys won't be there forever.

Jamouse

#30

Jamouse said:

They need to kill off Mario!
(maybe I shouldn't have said that on a Nintendo forum)

StarDust4Ever

#31

StarDust4Ever said:

@Jamouse: NO! :O What were you thinking? I'll go on an insane killing spree if I don't get my Mario fix. Me and all the other ten million die-hard Mario addicts out there... (just kidding)

If Nintendo could pull off some fresh new IP, perhaps something of the same caliber as PS3's Little Big Planet, that would be awesome, and a huge boon for Nintendo. And Nintendo fanboys (and fangirls) everywhere, myself included, need to stop deifying Myamoto. Yes, he single-handedly created Donkey Kong, Mario, and Zelda, quite possibly saving Nintendo from certain doom in the early 1980s, but he doesn't have all the answers, nor is he immune to making bad judgement calls sometimes (anyone else wished they could have heard more of Rosalina's story in SMG2?).

phoenix1818

#32

phoenix1818 said:

Personally I can't wait to see what new IP Mr. Miyamoto has in store for us. It has been over 10 years since Pikmin was created, and it seems that a new IP is exactly what Nintendo needs to solidify sales of the Wii U.

JimLad

#33

JimLad said:

Delegating major franchises to other staff members shouldn't take too long:
"So that's Mario and Zelda delegated..."
"Ok, what's next?"
"That's it. No one cares about the rest."
"What about Star Fo-..." "Nooope"

JaxxRaxor

#34

JaxxRaxor said:

I agree with this. Other people can handle the legacy titles like Mario and Zelda, but Nintendo desperately needs some new IPs after having none at all for the current generation. Miyamoto is the best person to help create some new franchises.

tweet75

#35

tweet75 said:

Truly nintendo hasnt had any Mega succesful ips since the nes days 25 years ago. 1982-1988 was the golden years for the birth of gaming IPs. zelda, super mario, metroid, donkey kong. nintendo would not exist today without these.

GrooseMarioFan

#36

GrooseMarioFan said:

They should make a mix of Mario, Zelda, Metoid, & Kirby. Your a guy with a sword who can suck up enimies, in space, and can jump 10 feet in the air. (Not really, but I can dream, right?) :p

lex0plex

#37

lex0plex said:

@JayArr
Didn't you hear? Miyamoto hacks RL.

@ThomasBW84
Don't listen to them. This is very interesting to me and it's good to write follow-up articles. I actually forgot about this so it's good to hear it again. Haters gonna hate.

StarDust4Ever

#39

StarDust4Ever said:

@GrooseMarioFan: I was sooo furious when I first popped in Super Mario Galaxy 2 only to discover they had basically replaced Rosalina's role in the first game with a "Fat Purple Luma Dude", though if it's any consolation, Rosalina makes a brief appearance in the credits. I also D/L'd a 100% SAV file which featured Rosie on Starship Mario standing next to Lubba. In the credits, Mario+Peach are reunited, and Rosie+Lubba as well. How did they come to know each other? It would have made a great continuation of her original backstory. I want to believe that part II of Rosalina's story actually existed at some point in the developement of SMG2, then got axed from the game at the last moment. :'(

dimi

#40

dimi said:

Nintendo's biggest hit in last 20 years was Pokemon. It even sells more than Mario (with some exceptions). That wasn't Miyamoto's baby. Miyamoto only gave us Nintendogs. Nice commercial move but not something for core gamers. Pikmin was ok but lets face it a commercial failure. (i want a pikmin 3ds though). And age is always a factor. I mean Rolling Stones (the rock band) are still great at their 70's but nobody expects a great new album from them.

Capt_N

#41

Capt_N said:

Wonder if the series w/ less games are gonna soon have more to their series? Maybe Nintendo doesn't see any F-Zero, or Star Fox, aside from 64, making them enough profit to validate investing time, & money into more projects for those series. The "...Wars" games(ex. Advance Wars), too! & of course, Nintendo utilizing it's 1080, & Waverace ips.

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