Legendary games developer Shigeru Miyamoto has told 1up that despite Mario Kart 7‘s vehicle customisation making it into the final game he wasn’t entirely happy with the new feature, as he believed the ability to tinker with your kart deviated from the “core fun” of the franchise. Miyamoto only allowed the customisation feature to feature in the final build on the condition that the rest of the game had to be phenomenal.
“I was actually pretty well against some of the customisation features of the game,” he explained.
“It can be fun to win money for racing and use it to buy parts and such, but I didn’t think that had much to do with the core fun of the series.”
“The idea for that [feature] came from the studio staff, though, and my final response was ‘If you can build this customisation on top of a solid control and gameplay foundation, then go ahead.'”