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Video game legend Shigeru Miyamoto also talks about upcoming Wii U Star Fox and Zelda titles

Shigeru Miyamoto nearly single-handedly built Japan's Nintendo Comp. Ltd. (TYO:7974) into the world's most iconic gaming company.  Now the creator of such iconic franchises as "The Mario Brothers", "Zelda", and "Donkey Kong" is trying to pull Nintendo back from the brink.

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, the video game legend confirmed that Nintendo is working on a successor to the troubled Wii U.  He commented:

We're focused on providing a robust line-up of Wii U software for next year. It seems like we've managed to do that this year and people are very happy with what we've done on Wii U.

For the time being, our focus is on the Wii U hardware, but Nintendo as a whole has groups working on ideas for new hardware systems. While we're busy working on software for the Wii U, we have production lines that are working on ideas for what the next system might be.

 
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Nintendo superstar video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto [Image Source: AP]

He even hinted that the upcoming system may reinvent the time honored Mario character, remarking:

Since we first created Mario, people have compared him to Mickey Mouse. I've always said Mickey Mouse evolved with each evolution in animation. You saw Mickey Mouse each step of the way. From early on, I wanted Mario to be that character in the digital world, so that with each digital evolution, he was there to usher in the next era. I think that maybe when we release the next hardware system, you can look forward to seeing Mario take on a new role or in a new game.

In the meantime, he dropped a few hints about the upcoming "Star Fox" and "Zelda" games.  He said that Star Fox would be "very different" in terms of gameplay mechanics, even if it follows a familiar story.  He says the upcoming title will be optimized to make full use of the Wii U's second-screen tablet controller and would offer a "fun and unique way to play."

He said the focus of the next "Zelda" franchise game would be giving the user an open world that dynamically evolves with player actions.  The world would be explorable on foot and via Link's loyal steed Epona.  Mr. Miyamoto indicated the title would return to the fundamentals that defined his hit Nintendo 64 title, "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time".
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While the Wii U continues to struggle in sales, Nintendo's 3DS handheld is doing well and Nintendo recently reported its first profitable quarter.  The company recently announced plans to partner up with a top medical equipment maker to produce a bedside sleep monitoring device.

Source: AP





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