Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has explained that he wouldn’t dare develop a Super Mario title as he isn’t too good at Mario games. Kotaku asked Aonuma which Nintendo franchise he would love to be able to tackle next, to which Aonuma replied that it wouldn’t be the Super Mario series as he’s not particularly good at platformers. Aonuma concluded the interview by saying that it’s ultimately the Zelda franchise that he is into.
Kotaku: What Nintendo franchise would you want to tackle next?
Aonuma: It wouldn’t be Mario because I’m not any good at that type of jumping game.
Kotaku: There are different reflexes involved there. What about Pikmin? There’s some similarities there. There’s a lot of exploration and a focus on figuring out the gameworld.
Aonuma: When I look at Pikmin, I feel like it’s something that kind of comes out of a lot of the ideas for Zelda. I think that is what happened with in Mr. Miyamoto’s head. If I made a Pikmin game it might turn into a Zelda game. Zelda is the main thing I’m really interested in