They say that good things come to those who wait. Here at GameRant, we disagree.
We believe that good things come to those who work hard, and to those who deserve it. So when the 13th Annual Japan Media Arts Festival were deciding who should win their acclaimed “Special Achievement” award, who could be more deserving than the creator of Nintendo favorites, Mario and Link, Shigeru Miyamoto?
Whether or not you’re a fan of Nintendo’s offerings, to deny Miyamoto’s influence in modern videogames would be absurd. Whether it’s creating one of the most successful arcade machines ever with Donkey Kong, introducing the idea of 3D gameplay with Super Mario 64, or creating a way for the entire family to play tennis in a virtual world with Wii Sports… you name it, Miyamoto probably had a hand in it.
When accepting his award, Miyamoto-san spoke briefly of future hardware, further supporting Iwata’s comments made last week, that Nintendo is working on new hardware, though he didn’t comment on recent rumours of a GDC unveiling.
Following-up from recent news that Zelda Wii would be Motion Plus only, Miyamoto revealed that he is in the process of developing a new Motion Plus exclusive title, but refused to give specifics on what it would be – just out of curiosity Shigeru, whatever happened to Pikmin 3?
During the speech, Miyamoto also spoke at length about his time at Nintendo, from his humble beginnings on the arcade game Donkey Kong (on which he served as director, games designer, and artist), right up to his latest release of New Super Mario Bros. Wii. When asked of the lack of online in the title, and whether it would be considered to allow more people to play together, Miyamoto replied with:
“There are probably many others who could make it better than us.”
Meaning, for the time being, Miyamoto will be working on local multiplayer only games.
Is that a good thing or a bad thing? You decide. All I know is that, since I bought my Wii, I’ve never quite understood how the friend code system works and haven’t much wished to figure it out either. To each their own though, right?
All news probing aside, I’m truly pleased for Miyamoto. Of course, this isn’t the first time he’s been awarded a prestigious accolade, in 2008 he was awarded TIME‘s Most Influential Person of the Year, but the man truly deserves every award he receives.
Well done sir.
What is your favorite contribution Miyamoto has made to games?