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Today in terrifying Nintendo news

We've had a rough few years recently, but now - right now - is a good time to be a Nintendo fan. Super Mario Galaxy 2 is just a couple weeks away, new Pokemon details are starting to leak and the very idea of a high-tech 3D handheld is enough to convince some gamers that Nintendo could be catering to a hardcore audience again.

Enjoy that feeling while you can, kids, because it won't last long. Based on two recent quotes from company icons, Nintendo won't be quitting the casual game anytime soon. The first comes from President Satoru Iwata who, when asked if the 3DS would focus on serious gamers, responded:

"I see no foundation for that statement. We definitely do not feel that 3D targets heavy users... When we made the 3DS, we wanted to make it into a platform that would attract a wide variety of things, from high end games to extremely casual games."

Uh. Oh. If the above was merely "casual," imagine what horrors "extremely casual" - in 3D! - might unleash.


Above: Imagine Party Babyz the way it was meant to be experienced

The worst, however, is yet to come. In an interview with our sister publication Edge, beloved Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto - famous for franchises like Mario and Zelda - talked about a game concept he'd like to explore more:

"There are these great ideas that we can utilize with future projects, one way or another. Some people might say ______ is a good example. It's been said that it could have sold much more than it actually has to date, but it simply means that I have some assets right now that, by tweaking something, we might be able to have great success with in [the] future."

What underappreciated gem is Miyamoto hoping to revisit in the future? What could earn a possible sequel? What fills in that blank?


So like I said, savor Mario Galaxy 2 while you can.

May 11, 2010

37 comments

  • RandomIdoit - May 14, 2010 1:56 a.m.

    WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!! why'd they have to make a sequel to WII MUSIC! Oh, and by the way did you know that Nintendo is roughly translated into "heaven blesses hard work" or something like that, it seems as though Nintendo has forgotten their own name... ReCaptcha: 49-year-old impact. it answered my question
  • marioman50 - May 12, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    Remember when we took pride in being Nintendo fans? Good times.
  • kaaos - May 12, 2010 7:49 p.m.

    i used to be one of the biggest nintendo fans out there,i used to reject microsoft and sony all the way until a year after the wii was made.they had so many casual games that it turned into a family-game console.the only respected wii games so far are no more heroes,smash bros. brawl,andtatsunoko v.s. capcom.but for now,i've lost just about all respect for nintendo.SONY RUELZ nOW!!!!
  • NoobBuster - May 12, 2010 4:42 p.m.

    @SeattleSound I second That reCAPTCHA: walruses own
  • Conman93 - May 12, 2010 3:06 p.m.

    These are the most morbid comments ever Oh God Miyamoto will probably bring out Wii Fit Portable or something shitty like that :(
  • AuthorityFigure - May 12, 2010 1 p.m.

    Yeah bring back the hardcore games like Mario Golf, Mario Party, Starfox - wait a moment...
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - May 12, 2010 12:11 p.m.

    I'm past caring for Nintendo, I just read articles such as this to become purposely bitter.
  • bitcrusherrrr - May 12, 2010 9:37 a.m.

    Maybe something good will be announced at e3....theres a chance. Really though this is no suprise nintendo have been leaning towards the casual market more and more since the ds came out. Whats worrying is what ms and sony are gonna show off with natal and move.
  • Cwf2008 - May 12, 2010 4:10 a.m.

    RIP Nintendo: 1980sish-2008
  • milesgregory - May 12, 2010 4:04 a.m.

    I wont give up on nintendo...I mean when they do make a good game they make it great...they are having some rough times but sony is too...they are third in the videogame market...because they don't want 3rd party games...all nintendo needs is another set of new eyes...people that grew up during the n64 days. They should know good games...or at least they better.
  • Samael - May 12, 2010 3:49 a.m.

    Uh...guys? I just tasted blood in my mouth. Is that a bad sign?
  • n00b - May 12, 2010 3:39 a.m.

    Dear Miyamoto-san here's an idea instead of committing sepuku you can take a break from working at nintendo and maybe stretch your legs and imagination in other companies like platinum games or suda 51. hell help out valhala games or respawn entertainment and see how it feels.
  • Jacko415 - May 12, 2010 2:41 a.m.

    1st of all: dont look at that with red/blue 3d glasses. my eyes are in severe pain. 2nd of all: nintendo... i grew up with you and that amazing 64... you can do better than this... please? PLEASE?
  • EnragedTortoise1 - May 12, 2010 2:33 a.m.

    D'aw, fuck. This had better turn out godlike or I'm not buying it.
  • CH3BURASHKA - May 12, 2010 2:07 a.m.

    Man, Kurt Cobain was right all along. Now where's my shotgun...
  • Imgema - May 12, 2010 1:35 a.m.

    http://imagine.uk.ubi.com/
  • 510BrotherPanda - May 12, 2010 1:26 a.m.

    "It was my life, Charlie!!!!!"CHARLIE!!!!"
  • Maiestas777 - May 12, 2010 1:24 a.m.

    And to think...I was just about to go buy a Wii because it was sleek and came with Motion Plus. Not a chance. I simply refuse to let my money go toward this insanity.
  • 510BrotherPanda - May 12, 2010 1:23 a.m.

    The only thing keeping up my Nintenboner is Other M. I hope it won't make it fall off. Seriously, why cling to the type of game that barely last 1-2 weeks of playing, with absolutely no replay value? What ever happened to the truth in the Seal of Quality???
  • skyguy343 - May 12, 2010 1:13 a.m.

    I hate my life. JoeMasturbaby just presented the best idea I've heard since...3D Zelda. Fuck.

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