Miyamoto ‘never throws away bad ideas’, we await Cooking Mama: Hitler Edition

Apparently, Mario’s dad (aka Shigeru Miyamoto) doesn’t throw away any ideas while he’s making games, even if they stink. Hmmm, probably explains why we’ve got Wii Music and still haven’t had a new Wave Race, then.

Speaking to Satoru Iwata, during the President of Nintendo’s regular Iwata Asks interview show, The Shig admits he locks unused ideas away until he can make them work. "If you think for yourself about what's wrong with your idea, and you understand the reasons why it's no good and get a handle on the problem, then you're sure to be able to use that idea sometime," Miyamoto points out.

Above: Hey, a Hitler cooking game might seem like a bad idea now, but maybe it could work on the Wii 14

He goes on to add: “That's why, while I used to tell people to store up ideas in a drawer, I recently suggest putting ideas that were no good into a drawer with the reason why they were no good affixed to them. If you have a bunch of ideas like that in store, the time will come when, in some way, you can take off that label. Like, 'oh, the rules are different now, so it's okay'.”

The Wii’s Mii avatars illustrate Shigy’s thought… eh, drawer-locking process. Miyamoto had wanted to make caricatures of people since the days of the NES back in the 1980s. Alas, he couldn’t think of a way to make the idea work. And it wasn’t until technological wizardry caught up that we were finally given Mii Forest Whittaker.

What an age we live in.

Source: Official Nintendo Magazine 

Sep 28, 2010


  • Thuperman - September 30, 2010 1:07 a.m.

    I still want a new F-Zero
  • Robusken - September 29, 2010 4:33 a.m.

    Thats actually some pretty good advice there , Mr. Miyamoto.
  • GameManiac - September 29, 2010 1:33 a.m.

    You put "Hitler" in a joke and it somehow becomes funny because people like to HATE him.
  • theworldendswithpoo - September 28, 2010 8:57 p.m.

    Even better than Mama!
  • 510BrotherPanda - September 28, 2010 6:54 p.m.

    Hey, not just Wave Race; he said Star Fox and F-Zero were things that didn't "work out" for him... Why not?!?
  • Zeb364 - September 28, 2010 5:53 p.m.

    @Modok Talk about an overreaction. I love the Mii Forest Whittaker pic.
  • Unoriginal - September 28, 2010 5:08 p.m.

    @Modok Who pissed in your cofee this morning?
  • MODOK - September 28, 2010 4:39 p.m.

    Why is Hitler Cooking Mama in the headline? It's completely unconnected to the quote. Does the author have his own mental drawer of hack, easy, played out, unfunny jokes to match terrible Photoshop? And Mii jokes? Welcome to 3 years ago.
  • Hotdiddykong - September 28, 2010 4:31 p.m.

    I'm pretty sure pikmin 3 is in his drawer, he's waiting until the time is right Shigeru never failed us,he even knows Wii music was a bad idea, never underestimate him, he's a legend
  • Robx - September 28, 2010 4:14 p.m.

    Hope it comes with zombie mode!
  • Felixthecat - September 28, 2010 4:09 p.m.

    Ah, the master offers us all some more words of wisdom, I see.
  • Slayer11496 - September 28, 2010 4:07 p.m.

    lol Hitler...(FIRST)

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