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Miyamoto talks about what Nintendo would be like if he left the company

Legendary video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto chatted with NPR about a range of topics including what Nintendo would be like without him. Mr. Miyamoto said that he believes the company would be the same as it is now as he said that all of the team have a shared vision about what makes a Nintendo game and that shared vision won’t change. He said that vision is shared by everyone from “the people on the executive team, creators within the company and also people who create Mario.” He concluded by saying “it’s not going to change.”

NPR: One day, Nintendo will be existing without you. What do you think Nintendo will be like without you?

MIYAMOTO: (Through interpreter) You know, I really feel like it’s not going to change. It’s probably going to be the same. There’s, you know, people on the executive team, creators within the company and also people who create Mario, they all have this sense of what it means to be Nintendo. And so it’s not like there’s a lot of different opinions that go back and forth. Everyone has an understanding, this kind of shared understanding, of what it is to be Nintendo. And so even when there’s new ideas that come up, there’s always the fact that it’s a new idea, but also the fact that, is it a new idea that really has the essence of Nintendo or not? And I think that’s something that, you know – we have this incredible shared vision, almost a little scary shared vision, about this. So I think there won’t – it’s not going to change.


18 thoughts on “Miyamoto talks about what Nintendo would be like if he left the company”

  1. The truth is out there

    A bunch of lies! Mario 64 and Mario sunshine were incredibly different from Mario bros 3 and Mario world. People might not remember, but Mario 64 was botched the day they removed the power up mushroom, the fire flower, and the invincible star! The most useless power up being the invisible cap. Mario didn’t get a single attack power up! Mario sunshine was even worse, not only was there absolutely nothing in the way of Mario power ups, and fludd doesn’t count, but there was absolutely no original enemies either! Mario Oddesy almost goes back to this, as there are no original power ups yet again, but it’s a much better game, still lacking playable Luigi. The only game that gets back to being original is Mario Galaxy but still lacking Yoshi until Mario 2. In fact Mario Galaxy 2 is the only truly 3D Mario game that you can control Luigi and ride Yoshi at the same time!

    1. Mario is Mario period. Every Mario game goes to a different level. Back with Mario -Mario world games were all pretty much 2d platformers, over the top or first person dungeon crawler views. As consoles got better they expanded Mario’s games and ventured down different paths but in the end Mario never changed. The concept of the game always stayed the same pretty much. In the end they are all very good games because they stuck true to where they wanted to go with it. Zelda games are exactly the same.

  2. And Super Mario Bros 2 was 100% different from Mario Bros 1 and 3.

    Without him, giving him credit, Nintendo wouldn’t had changed the video game Industry in the 80’s. How else would Nintendo selling weak hardware they still make consoles and Sega doesn’t?
    Let alone Rareware in the 90s wouldn’t be like it wad if it wasn’t for Super Mario Bros Mario 64 or Mario Kart there wouldn’t be no Diddy Kong Racing, Donkey Kong, or Banjo-Kazooie. What would Fox McCloud be? No Splatoon. No Pikmin, no Metroid, no Galaxy, no Twilight Princess or Wind Waker or Breath of Wild. No Paper Mario. No Luigi’s Mansion or Toad’s Treasure Tracker.

    1. @Grunt, I really struggle with your sentence structures.
      “How else would Nintendo selling weak hardware they still make consoles and Sega doesn’t?” – What does this mean ?

  3. I think in the short-term future after Miyamoto leaves Nintendo, he’s right. Currently, there is a culture that runs through Nintendo derived from people like Miyamoto and later, Iwata, that flows through every piece of software and hardware they produce. That is obviously not a one man thing, it’s the culture of the whole company, especially when we note that Miyamoto probably doesn’t have a great deal of involvement with the gaming division these days either. That isn’t going to disappear the day Miyamoto leaves. However, whether it remains depends on the actions of the leaders of the future.

    There’s not necessarily a right or wrong way either – whilst I love the unique approach Nintendo takes to gaming, it does lead to some negatives like poor online integration into their hardware and software, a general unwillingness to take risks on huge and ambitious games, and so on. Maybe some change is good, so long as they retain something of what makes them Nintendo.

    1. I wish they would have left the console industry and focused on making software for other company’s like Sony/Microsoft. Since thats no longer going to happen , we now have to wait until games become fully streaming and consoles are no longer required. Until than no more Nintendo for me personally.

      1. Nintendo would rather close shop before that happens, not even wishing it from Super Shenron will make it happen.

  4. Talk about a humble approach to the question. He’s a classy guy. To praise his team in that way really shows he truly loves the people at Nintendo. In a world where corporate greed is common place, its refreshing to have someone who not only loves his job, but cares for his fellow employees.

  5. He shows a compassionate nature towards his employees and a cool amazing guy. Not only he loves his fellow employees and his development team, but he does love his fans very much for making many Nintendo creations for us. I’m sure the company will do fine one day without him. I mean, everyone has to retire as some point. Not trying to be disrespectful towards him, it’s just the fact that Nintendo has became very active because of there consoles and because of him.

  6. Sounds about right. I don’t believe Nintendo would change much either, unless something radical were to happen to their philosophy, after Miyamoto eventually retires from the company.

    1. @Geoff Smart: Are you replying to me or to this article?

      @Gruntilda: What does PlayStation have to do with this? You do know this is about how Nintendo would/could be like AFTER Miyamoto leaves right?

  7. Nintendo would immediately drop the younger audience and get really edgy. then they’d release an amazingly powerful console with blast proscessing.

  8. @Gruntilda Yeah don’t ever mention PlayStation on this public fourm, I’ve learned that it’s perfectly okay for Mynintendonews to publish and submit articles that specifically mention or reference Xbox or PlayStation just don’t ever mention them in the comment section.

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