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.”

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  1. I’m pretty sure it’s been reported a few months ago that Miyamoto is working on something new that would probably be made known in the next year or so.

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      • He used past tense you morons!!! That means it WOULD have BEEN helpful.. No where in his comment does it say “Yuji Naka still works for SEGA and he should take his own advice.” Grow a brain!

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        • Naka left Sega more than a decade ago.
          Naka issues statement giving Miyamoto and others advice this week.
          Idiotic poster says “would’ve been useful to him”.
          Nintendidiots are telling me I don’t know past tense.
          Nintendidiots don’t know context:

          He took his advice (which was this week) more than a decade ago. Why the fuck would somebody suggest he should have taken his advice if he clearly already has? So very stupid of you guys to spend your time arguing semantics and not seeing the point being made here no matter how many times I have to repeat myself.
          Nintendiots don’t know logic. The first reply was spot on.

          Nintendo fans are literally the most stupid, moronic excuses for “gamers” on the planet–no perhaps, the universe. I feel sorry for you, don’t have children. Well actually, that goes without saying since none of you can get any girls to begin with, so I shouldn’t be worried.

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          • I just want to say not on behalf of anyone, that as much of a Nintendo fan(Not Fanboy) I am. It disappoints me to see that most of these idiots you talk to like they know what they say simply cause just because they’re on a Nintendo related site means that they as the so called “fans” think what they say is true and act so butt hurt over they’re “offender”. As much as I sometimes can’t agree with some of your opinions on this site as much as I think of others, you at least make legitimate points here and there and I can respect that.

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            • Points that get buried entirely as they spend futile efforts trying to invalidate what was said and come up with strawman arguments about tenses.

              Meanwhile they will continue to miss the point, just because they’re asshurt.

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            • Legitimate points ???? what ?? everything he says is negative and hate induced . How are they legitimate point’s ??? they are a load of fanboy nonesense . This guy is just an xbox fanboy a playstation fanboy or both .

              One of them Nintendo hater’s who has been missing all of the amazing games which have been coming out on nintendo platforms .

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          • i don’t agree with totally leaving a franchise, more likely take breaks, because at this point those franchises are too big and too relevant. but i do agree with what he says about the film industry, a good director gets to make all sorts of things and not only sequels. other times a new director can take a previous series into a new direction and offer a new perspective, but in the game industry, this doesn’t really happen often sadly, instead a lot of the time it’s very locked down.

            it also saddens me with how things are going with some of yuji naka’s games currently. he’s making new IPs, he has one 100% finished as stated by himself 2 years ago, but kadokawa seem to have no interest in publishing it despite going through the effort of purchasing the JP/NA/EU licensing rights and name. even he doesn’t know what’s going on with his own game.

            a side note: yuji naka (creator) and hirokazu yasuhara (gameplay and level designer) still often talk about sonic and how sega can still fix the sonic franchise. it’s a series they can’t just leave or forget despite not being part of the company anymore. they also still attend sega sonic events from time to time.

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    • yah very true. Nintendo is doing a pattern about releasing mario every new console with~out over doing it and copy~paste. Instead of wasting his [Sonic Guy] comments, he should have just started making new IPs and stop bitching about Miyamoto. and and freed from Sonic.

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      • ”Nintendo is doing a pattern about releasing mario every new console with~out over doing it and copy~paste”
        So I take it Super Mario Galaxy 2, New Super Marios Bros 2 and New Super Mario Bros U are all completely unique and innovative titles? Also, Yuji Naka only developped the first Sonic game, so he’s been ”freed” for pretty much 20 years.

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    • … Dude, what? “It’s funny because sonic was so over done, I bet this advice would’ve been useful to him/sega. Haha.” You should pay more attention in English class…

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  2. Coming from the man who pussied out on his own creation when the times got rough. Go kiss NiGHTS ass man,oh wait. You can’t. Because you left out on that series too. Now you make nobody games,once a crybaby always a crybaby.

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  3. Isn’t Takashi Tezuka technically heading the 2D Mario series? And Miyamoto with 3D Mario, which doesn’t amount to the 2D Marios in number? Miyamoto does have a new, unannounced IP.

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  4. He doesn’t have a leg to stand on after making so many dreadfull sonic games . But this is the man who invented phantasy star online . So I have to to take my hat off to him . And , yeh Miyamoto is kinda tied to the success of mario .

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  5. He sorta has a point in a way. They’re not going to live forever, even though I wish they did. They need to teach their skills to the next generation, trust worthy, nintendo loving developers.

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  6. This kinda makes sense. Of course, Miyamoto only really helped in SMB, SMB2, SMB3, SMW, SMBLL, and SM64. But he still does Mario stuff, and Nintendo should really stop putting out a new Mario game every year. Look at SMW to SM64 (1991-1996) and SM64 to SMS (1996-2002). And now two this year (NSMB2, NSMBU). I want a long wait Nintendo, not a short while. Something innovative and not a rehashed game, only on a different console.

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    • I can’t wait for people to start telling you that each Mario game has different genres so it’s not milking. I hate that argument, the fact that Nintendo is continuously using the Mario brand is proof that they’re milking it. I understand why they do, Mario makes lots of money. Hell, I buy most of his games, I just wish Nintendo would shift their focus to another franchise.

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      • Well they’re different series so they don’t count. The brand name is milked and certain series such as Mario Party and Sports are milked, but most other entries in the franchise generally have one entry per console.

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      • But the problem there is that they don’t need to shift it, and frankly, it will lose them money. If they made a platformer exactly the same as Mario, but with a character like Samus, it wouldn’t sell half of what the Mario one does. I agree that they should focus a little less on Mario and more on other franchises, but they’re a business and guess what businesses do? They make money. Mario is one of the most famous icons of this generation, so they know it will sell the most.

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    • …not sure if serious. Nintendo has ALWAYS made a ton of Mario games, where have you been? Besides, the main ones are only SMS to SMG (2002-2007) and SMG to SMG 2 (2007-2010).

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  7. “New and innovative” is the most ridiculous part. There’s more variety and innovation from one Mario game to the next than there is in the entirety of some other companies’ game libraries. Can you really say that Super Mario Galaxy wasn’t new and clever just because it had Mario and the gang?

    As long as Mario and Zelda continue to be top quality like they’ve been, I’ll be satisfied. I’m not saying they shouldn’t try new things, but why is it such a bad thing to keep the classics going? Especially if they can keep finding ways to bring fresh ideas to those classics.

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  8. Fun fact, Miyamoto’s role has diminished gradually over the last decade to the point that he’s basically just an advisor/overseer now. He’s talked about it in numerous interviews lately.

    For one, he hasn’t actually directed a game since 1999…

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  9. Makes sense. If Christopher Nolan only made Batman movies, we’d never have gotten Inception.
    The thing is, Miyamoto did bring Pikmin- definitely not a Mario game. And he’s said that they’re training the munchkins at Nintendo to eventually replace the old guard. I don’t doubt that if Shigeru has an awesome new idea for an IP, his colleagues at Nintendo will support him.

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  10. I whole heartedly agree .

    Not just with nintendo though, but every AAA tittle dev’s, bring something new. Not just a new mask on the ol genre, but switch up engines, genres, artistic style, everything.

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  11. I think that’s a silly statement really. Miyamoto created Mario, Aoumuna created Zelda and Kojima created MGS. Why would the original creators leave something they made and that has done so well, yet some of the most iconic characters in the gaming history.

    Miyamoto creates what he does because he enjoys it. That proves this statement incorrect even if this guy no longer works for Sega.

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    • What he is saying is by focusing on a single character over, and over, and over again limits the origionality of the video game market which, as a result is harming the industry itself. Believe it or not people get sick of overused characters. I love Nintendo and all, but I’m not interested in more Mario at the moment.

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    • I’m sorry to correct you but….. Shigeru created Zelda,….. Yeah he basically created the Universe…… And gave me a life to live

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        • Lol , I do . But he is the most famous developer in the world for only 2 reason’s . Mario and ZELDA . Unfortunately even though pikmin is up there with his greatest achievment’s , it never got the credit or attention it deserved for being on the gamecube which was completely overshadowed by the ps2 . Hopefully this will change with pikmin 3 .

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  12. This actually reminds me of some thinking I did the other day about Disney. Despite the fact it’s the house that Mickey Mouse built and he’s still utilized, very few Disney films actually contain him.

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  13. There’s some truth to what he says. It would be good if creators were able to do what they wanted. However, isn’t Myamoto making new IPs right now? And out of the people he mentioned, they seem to have much more creative license than many other “big name” creators out there.

    Whatever. Can’t wait to see what Myamoto’s been making.

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  14. Ermm..
    Mario, Zelda, Pikmin, Star Fox and Metroid are all stuff hes either made or wants -.-
    Try making a GOOD Sonic game, constitantly, then we’ll talk

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  15. Does Miyamoto even make games anymore? I thought he was just a creative director now, still involved in the creation process but only regarding concepts and stuff…

    lol at the small minority of people trying to turn this into another Nintendo vs Sega thing.

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  16. Miyamoto from what I can tell… does whatever the shit he wants… Thats were Nintendogs, Miis , Wuhu Island and Pikmin and just so many other things came from.

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  17. They we’re talking about letting another company develop a zelda game, like retro, so I hope that if they take this advice they let someone make a zelda game… :P

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  18. I think I remember something about Miyamoto working on a completely new series. I’m pretty sure he also said it was his best work yet, I don’t know though, could someone fill me in?

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  19. The comparison to the movie industry is pretty poor. Almost 90% of all movies made today are sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots, or re-imagining. There are not many original movies to be seen.

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  20. One is fairly sure Miyamato isn’t held back – he’s there of his own free will…working on projects that he himself pens and devises, which is a job anyone would be envious of.

    It feels rather presumptuous, therefore, of Yuji {As brilliant a man as he is} to assume the position of another in a company who’s structure may not resemble how his own workplace does.

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  21. Ahh the milked Mario series , I love sonic games ..they at fast,action packed,enjoyable , Mario is dog shit and do that shitendo wii u ..Nintendo just fucking sucks

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  22. I disagree. They should be so lucky that their games have been so successful and continue to be so successful. When you don’t appreciate good fortune you are in for rude awakening. These projects made them what they are. Also, these games made the gaming industry better. So he can shove it.

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  23. As long as Miyamoto Still enjoys making those games, it shouldn’t be such a big deal, besides he said he’s been working on a new IP for a while anyway. :P

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  24. He’s making it sound like Mario is a ball and chain around Miyamoto’s neck. If you’ve ever seen Miyamoto talk about Mario you would know he still has a lot of passion and love for the character and series. And it’s not like Miyamoto only make Mario games, he has all of his other IPs and his position at Nintendo keeps him pretty busy. He was also the one the came up with the concept of Wii iirc. Leave luck to heaven.

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  25. I miss the feature that had the latest posts at the bottom of the page. Can you bring that back Sickr? It was convenient because I could just open one page and use those links at the bottom to get to the new posts. Now I have to find them in my email account and open them individually.

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  26. Im pretty sure Miyamoto could make whatever he wants. he just chooses to make alot of mario games. i mean he made pikmin during the gamecube era. right now hes helping younger developers. *sigh* and this is coming from the creator of sonic who after he left, the sonic series went to shit. thankfully it’s all better now but it ruined SEGA’s reuptation and now they have to be careful what games to release and make :/

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  27. I got one question! Since the first sonic games what games has this person made that were greater thaan those first sonic games? Just curious as I know nothing of this person or what other accomplishments he’s made in his career.

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  28. I trolled the trolls. Aeolus you no reading ass bitch! HAHAHA “WOULD’VE BEEN USEFUL” and I meant SEGA more than anything. Some of you guys are stupid as fuck lmao

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  29. We all losing the point because of Aerianus,The ironic part is that a Sega past employee is saying about Nintendo stars to get new subjects,and Sonic looks like a zombie that wants to strangle Mario.

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