Grant Kirkhope, the composer behind titles such as Goldeneye, Banjo Kazooie and now Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, has explained how his first encounter with Shigeru Miyamoto went down. Back in 1997, Nintendo held a corporate event at a Museum. Kirkhope attended and whilst trying to introduce himself, Miyamoto struggled to understand a word he was saying because Kirkhope was so intoxicated. Speaking to Gameindustry.biz he goes on to explain:
“Yeah… my Miyamoto story is a bit worse”, he told Gamesindustry.biz. “It was when E3 had moved to Atlanta . Nintendo had a party in a museum, and we all got hideously drunk. I saw [Rare founder] Tim Stamper talking to Miyamoto, and I introduced myself as the composer of Banjo-Kazooie, totally drunk. He just looked at me with the blankest expression, he couldn’t tell what I was saying. A while later, I was in the bathroom – and this is embarrassing – I was trying to pull down [Donkey Kong 64 designer] George Andreas’ trousers for a joke. I was on my knees and I looked up to see Miyamoto staring down at me. That was the last time I spoke to him.”
Grant Kirkhope is also the composer of the music in the yet-to-be-released Yooka-Laylee for Nintendo Switch.