|Posted by Streex on August 29, 2014 at 4:00 AM|
Shigeru Miyamoto has a knack of saying things Nintendo doesn't always want him to say. He gives away too much on games he's thinking about making and can share too much on the next direction of the company. The latter has just happened, and very bluntly at that. It's no secret that casual gamers are off playing casual games on mobile devices because they like to waste time gaming instead of investing it. Now Miyamoto has made it known that he is well aware of the shift and things are going to change. No more catering to the casual market that they brought in with Wii and DS. It's time to go back to the pre-Wii days where they focused most of their development on games core gamers liked playing. When Miyamoto is unplugged, he can catch you off-guard.
"[These are] the sort of people who, for example, might want to watch a movie. They might want to go to Disneyland. Their attitude is, 'okay, I am the customer. You are supposed to entertain me.' It's kind of a passive attitude they're taking, and to me it's kind of a pathetic thing. They do not know how interesting it is if you move one step further and try to challenge yourself [with more advanced games]. In the days of DS and Wii, Nintendo tried its best to expand the gaming population. Fortunately, because of the spread of smart devices, people take games for granted now. It's a good thing for us, because we do not have to worry about making games something that are relevant to general people's daily lives."
The man is angry, and that's a good thing. We love when Nintendo has their back against the wall. That is when the innovation really starts to shine. Even with this shift in their approach, I don't see Nintendo completely removing themselves from casual appeal. They've always been about games for all ages, so expect that to continue. Plus, Quality of Life is still a thing that should arrive sometime next year, even if we don't know what it is yet exactly. What this does mean is that most of their development teams will be shifted back to core game creation so the games we want to play launch sooner, and more dormant franchises have a chance at revival. We'll see what happens, but I believe the man that stands outside of the PR fluff.