Yuji Naka, the lead programmer of the original Sonic the Hedgehog, has told Polygon that he wishes legendary video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto was freed from the Super Mario series to create new and innovative franchises. He then went on to say that he wished Eiji Aonuma was free from the Zelda games, and Hideo Kojima from the Metal Gear Solid franchise, because it would be healthier for the industry.
“Like with Nintendo: Miyamoto has been making Mario games. He’s under that too. He has to keep on making Mario games. [Eiji] Aonuma has to keep making Zelda games. [Hideo] Kojima has to make Metal Gear games. I wish he could take that off of everyone’s shoulders so they could create other stuff, like new stuff. Because that’s healthier for the industry. Movie directors create all sorts of movies, and the movie industry is healthy. I wish the game industry was like that as well.”