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Saturday, June 04, 2005

Miyamoto happy with the Nintendo route

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Nintendo: Innovation is dying
"Mario creator Miyamoto discusses what's wrong with the video game industry today

This might come as something of a shock to the gaming world, but Shigeru Miyamoto – the man who created Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda – really doesn't feel like playing games these days.

'There's not a lot I want to play now,' he told me recently. 'A lot of the games out there are just too long. Of course, there are games, such as 'Halo' or 'Grand Theft Auto,' that are big and expansive. But if you're not interested in spending that time with them, you're not going to play.'

What he misses, he said, are games you can pick up and play – something the company hopes to accomplish with its next generation home console, currently code-named 'Revolution'.

Nintendo deliberately avoided giving too many details about the Revolution at the E3 conference this year, frustrating some fans who felt the company did not fight back against the PR onslaught of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Miyamoto didn't offer any firm details either, though he did offer a few more vague hints about how the system would be different."

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