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Miyamoto at work on a new Nintendo franchise

Shigeru Miyamoto is working on a brand new franchise. The Nintendo luminary told Famitsu (translated by Kotaku) that, with Pikmin 3, Super Mario 3D World, and Mario Kart 8 set to appear on Wii U, it's a good time to branch out.

"Next Spring, with the release of Mario Kart 8, we'll have a general selection available, so I've been thinking it would be a good time to bring out a new franchise," Miyamoto said. "I can't say too much in detail right now, but I've been pretty busy with this title these days."

Pikmin 3 will release in Japan next week. That means Miyamoto should have more time to labor on whatever new magic has sprung from his head. Miyamoto didn't explicitly say his new game is Wii U bound (it could be a 3DS title after all) but he knows Wii U's fate depends on more compelling games from Nintendo.

"With the recent version upgrade [of the Wii U], we've worked on the system side of things and we're planning on further system tweaks ahead, but even as is, [the Wii U] has become a useful item for the living room," Miyamoto said. "However, it's pointless to talk about other features, no matter how fulfilling, without releasing games of our own, so we hope you'll look forward to the games to come."

33 comments

  • Fireninjastar - July 11, 2013 8:09 a.m.

    I heard a LONG time ago, he's wanted to work on a first person shooter. Oh boy. <:^
  • TheFabricOfTime - July 11, 2013 7:18 a.m.

    I'm interested to see what comes out of this.
  • Redeater - July 11, 2013 12:37 a.m.

    New IP's are great but could you please make use of the 1 or 2 hundred of the old ones that you aren't using? Look at the cast of the last Smash Bros. game, then look at all the unused Nintendo game characters that didn't even make the cut. Sure glad I bought the Wii U for that Zelda game they are re-releasing and that sequel to a 3DS game. We haven't even had a proper Starfox or F-Zero game in a long time.
  • Fireninjastar - July 11, 2013 8:08 a.m.

    F-Zero and Star fox... *crying*
  • g1rldraco7 - July 10, 2013 6:25 p.m.

    Please let be the No More Heroes 3.
  • BladedFalcon - July 10, 2013 10:05 p.m.

    One... that's not an original franchise. Two, that's not even a Nintendo franchise either :P
  • g1rldraco7 - July 10, 2013 10:58 p.m.

    Quiet you unless you want me to pluck all of your Bladed feathers, Falcon!!!!
  • BladedFalcon - July 10, 2013 11:09 p.m.

    >>;;; *zips his beak shut and nods*
  • Swedish_Chef - July 10, 2013 3:58 p.m.

    Welp, looks like it's time to stock up on supplies because clearly the apocalypse is about to begin.
  • RavensPoet - July 10, 2013 9:08 p.m.

    Ha! But seriously they haven't created a new IP in...well a long time
  • Aquasol - July 11, 2013 12:39 a.m.

    You must have a tragically short lifespan if "a few months ago" is a long time to you. D:
  • TheMcFinder - July 10, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    Wii Music U
  • BladedFalcon - July 10, 2013 11:27 a.m.

    Well, fucking finally I'd say. Nintendo hasn't really crated any new iconic established IP for consoles since Pikmin and Animal Crossing >_> ...Well, there's Wii Sports and Wii Fit and those stuff I GUESS, but honestly, do we really wanna count those? :P
  • shawksta - July 10, 2013 12:40 p.m.

    Wii Fit Trainer in Smash technically counts as the Wii series being represented XD
  • BladedFalcon - July 10, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    ...So? Just because Nintendo puts it in there doesn't automatically make it as memorable or important as their true franchises. It's like saying Ice Climbers matters because of that same reason :P Even though no one really gives a shit about that property in reality :P
  • shawksta - July 10, 2013 1:58 p.m.

    Im just saying, the Wii series was atleast important for the casuals and laid back people who liked them. Compared to their true franchises meant for being real games, of course their nothing
  • J-Fid - July 10, 2013 2:35 p.m.

    Hey! Don't diss the Ice Climbers! I truly think Nintendo should revive that franchise the same way they did with Pit.
  • BladedFalcon - July 10, 2013 3:38 p.m.

    Um... they are a pair of Eskimo kids that club bears and baby seals to death... Yeeeeah, pretty sure the last thing Nintendo want is to bring that concept back :P I mean, neither that or the original kid icarus really mattered, and the kid icarus game on the 3DS could have very well been about anything else since it really conserves nothing about the original's gameplay. But at the very least kid icarus had the Greek mythology going for it... ice climbers doesn't even have that :P
  • J-Fid - July 10, 2013 3:45 p.m.

    You can replace the baby seals... I just feel that in this age of co-op, what better idea is there than to revive Popo and Nana. Normally, we get Mario and Luigi, but I thought everyone was tired of them at the moment.
  • BladedFalcon - July 10, 2013 5:47 p.m.

    Why would they though? even if you replaced the seals, the concept alone of the game is kinda racist as it stands, (eskimos bludgening animals) and well, again, unlike kid icarus, there's nothing really that attractive about the ice Climber's setting or story. If Nintendo wants to make a co-op game that doesn't involve the Mario brand, they would sooner use Donkey kong, or straight up create a new IP for it. Again, I really see nothing that appealing or special about Nana and popo. I mean, can you? They are eskimos, they have no distinguishable traits or personalities, what exactly is the appeal of using them?

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