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Original (2/17): Game Informer once again has a feature on Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Today, the magazine caught up with Shigeru Miyamoto and series producer Eiji Aonuma to chat about fan feedback.

You can watch the interview for yourself right here. We should have an embed option within the next couple of days.

TIME is back with yet another Nintendo-centric interview. In its latest piece, the site chats with Shigeru Miyamoto about Switch (including the involvement from late president Satoru Iwata and HD rumble), virtual reality, stories in games and more.

Per usual, we’ve picked out important comments below. TIME has the full interview here.

Update (2/9): Embed version is up:

Original (2/8): Game Informer put up its first online feature pertaining to its cover story on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild today. In a four-minute chat, Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma talk a bunch about the anticipated game, as well as other topics such as Link’s full name, what “NX” stood for (they don’t really know), and more.

Unfortunately, we don’t have an embed option at present, so you’ll need to visit this page for the full interview. We’ll add it in here once it’s posted to Game Informer’s YouTube page.

At the Q&A session at Nintendo’s latest Corporate Management Policy Briefing, one of the questions was about Nintendo’s internal development structure, the development team that handles the smart device games and Nintendo’s hiring process. The question was answered by company president Tatsumi Kimishima, Shigeru Miyamoto (Director, Creative Fellow) and Genyo Takeda (Director, Technology Fellow).

Q: I would like to hear more about the current and future direction of your development structure, which is widely considered to be your greatest competitive strength. Do you plan to maintain the current scale for the mid- to long-term, or will you expand it? How will you expand the smart-device team within the larger development structure? My assumption is that there are currently fewer than 100 people on this team, do you think that is sufficient? Also, what sort of employees are needed to help Nintendo grow and evolve in the future, and how do you plan to develop these employees?

A: Kimishima:

Our overall development staff has increased over the past year, but that does not mean it will necessarily continue to increase. In the entertainment industry, it is very common to take the approach of hiring employees who already have experience and technical knowledge in needed areas, in addition to developing new technology and ideas within the company. Going forward, we would like to increase the number of employees who already have some technical ability and who have fun ideas that can inspire new game experiences. These are the kind of people we see as necessary in our field of development. For smart devices, we have been developing using one of our most important IPs, Mario, so instead of using a team that had no prior experience with Mario, we had developers who worked on past Mario games join the development of Super Mario Run. The scale of the team we currently have working on apps is not as large as you
surmise. In the future, while we will plan the course of development, we may not necessarily allocate exclusively internal development resources. We would like to continue cooperating with external partners who understand Nintendo well when the situation calls for it.

Head past the break for Miyamoto’s and Takeda’s take on the subject:

Nintendo has just published a translated transcript of the Q&A session at their latest Corporate Management Policy Briefing.

The following question is about Nintendo’s third party relations regarding the Switch, how Nintendo’s own internal development teams are handling it and Nintendo partnering up with NVIDIA. The question was answered by Shinya Takashi (Director, Managing Executive Officer, General Manager of Nintendo’s Entertainment Planning and Development Division), Shigeru Miyamoto (Director, Creative Fellow) and Genyo Takeda (Director, Technology Fellow).

Q: I believe that inadequate third-party support for the platform (and the lack of compatible software as a result) was the big issue for Wii U. Mr. Takeda just mentioned that Nintendo Switch is a high-performance system. From that viewpoint, I would like to know how third-party publishers are viewing Nintendo Switch. Also, how are Nintendoʼs internal developers appreciating Nintendo Switch and what kind of development direction are they taking in creating software for it? Also, what has technically been done for the system in order to realize the high performance of GeForce while managing the power consumption?

TIME has put up a pretty massive piece about Shinya Takahashi today. You may recognize him from his appearance during the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017. He’s a director, board member, managing executive officer, and general manager of Nintendo’s Entertainment Planning and Development Division.

TIME’s piece delves into Takahashi’s history at Nintendo and new role at the company. He comments a bit on Switch and more as well. Shigeru Miyamoto also chimes in about wanting to use Switch as an opportunity “to hand over more to the younger generation.”

We have a summary of TIME’s article below. We do strongly encourage you to read the full thing right here.

Yet another Zelda: Breath of the Wild interview has surfaced with Shigeru Miyamoto and series producer Eiji Aonuma. YouTube ZackScottGames was able to interview both developers following the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 last month. There’s lots of talk about Link (including what he’s like in Breath of the Wild and in general), climbing and freedom, and more. View the full interview below.

Analyst Hideki Yasuda wrote up a new article on GamesIndustry Japan earlier today. There’s one part of the piece pertaining to third-parties that stood out to us in particular.

Yasuda talks about how many investors were anticipating major overseas third-party games to be announced for Switch, but the timing wasn’t right (due to E3 being a few months away, etc.). He then mentions that NIS is making Disgaea 5 Complete for the system’s launch, which used to be a PS4-only title. NIS was never really on Nintendo platforms before, and their few Wii / DS games were buried among other games leading to a lack of success. 3DS also didn’t receive a high amount of support from NIS because of its unique specifications. With Switch though, the company is bringing over a PS4 title and on day one.

Yasuda was in attendance at Nintendo’s Corporate Management Policy Briefing, and relayed a comment from Shigeru Miyamoto. Miyamoto said that games developed with PC as a base can be ported to Switch in about a year. The report also adds that the console was revealed to third-parties last summer. It’s thought that we could therefore see major multiplatform titles starting from the fall season.


IGN has a new interview up with Shigeru Miyamoto and Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma about Breath of the Wild. The two discuss how the new Switch and Wii U game is evolving the series, the roles of different characters, horses, and more. Watch it below.

Jirard Khalil, otherwise known as The Completionist, has put up his own interview with Eiji Aonuma and Shigeru Miyamoto about Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The two touched on topics like development, sidequests, and the freedom the game allows. Watch the full interview below.

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