Miyamoto: People are taking notice of games again

Legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto feels that the success of Wii has put games back on the map.

Speaking to The Mercury News about whether or not Miyamoto feels vindicated at how well the Wii is being received, he replied, "I think it is not necessarily vindication but I do get the distinct feeling that because of the Wii, people all over the world are finally taking notice of video games again, when they haven't for a while."

Miyamoto is currently spending his days working hard to finish up Mario Galaxy and Wii Fit. But he hinted that we could see some new, original titles be announced or even released next year.

"I guess I don't necessarily see my job as creating new characters as it is creating new experiences," he said. "Recently, Wii Fit is creating the concept and the idea and the feeling behind the game. That has been one of my new creations. For characters, we came up with the concept of the Miis and that allows people to come up with their own characters. Maybe next year sometime, we may have new characters in the same way we came up with Pikmin when we introduced the GameCube."

Read the full interview here.

July 31, 2007