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