Mash up!

Minecraft is unquestionably one of the most popular video games in the world right now, especially with young children. A vast toybox full of cool tricks and a strong online element, the game has found its way on to practically every viable system, including the Wii U.

The success of Minecraft hasn't gone unnoticed by Nintendo, and the company even collaborated on special Super Mario content for the Wii U edition of the game. However, according to Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo very nearly produced something along the same lines 20 years ago.

Speaking in an interview with Glixel, Miyamoto said:

I do like Minecraft, but really more from the perspective of the fact that I really feel like that's something we should have made. We had actually done a lot of experiments that were similar to that back in the N64 days and we had some designs that were very similar. It's really impressive to me to see how they've been able to take that idea and turn it into a product.

It's no secret that Nintendo is experimenting behind the scenes all the time, and that not all of its research ends up being produced and sold to players. It would have been very interesting to see what the company could have done with such a concept back in the N64 era.