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The latest episode of Nintendo Power podcast is now live. This time around, the winners of the fan-favorite games of 2020 are revealed.

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It’s a tough thing to think about, but there’ll come a day when Shigeru Miyamoto and other veteran Nintendo staff retire. In Miyamoto’s view though, the company is in a good spot.

Speaking with The New Yorker, Miyamoto said: “we are moving toward a position that will insure the spirit of Nintendo is passed down successfully.” He pointed to the likes of Shuntaro Furukawa and Shinya Takahashi, who are in their forties and fifties respectively. Rather than being concerned about a replacement or how Nintendo will persist, he’s focusing on “focusing on the need to continue to find new experiences.”

According to Miyamoto:

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When you think about Nintendo, serious themes probably don’t come to mind. The company doesn’t tend to release titles that explore sadness, loss, and grief.

During an interview with The New Yorker, Nintendo developer Shigeru Miyamoto said that “passive media is much better suited to take on those themes.” As far as the Big N is concerned, he mentioned that the company’s games “are designed to provide a warm feeling; everyone is able to enjoy their time playing or watching.” Given that, and how Nintendo is about putting smiles on players’ faces, he doesn’t regret being able to tackle the more serious kinds of topics.

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As the creator of Nintendo’s biggest franchises, Shigeru Miyamoto holds a lot of power at Nintendo. There’s a lot that comes his way, plenty he gives feedback on, and projects that require his approval. Ultimately, he’s a boss for a lot of employees at Nintendo.

So what kind of boss is Miyamoto? He addressed that very topic during an interview with The New Yorker, stating:

If there’s one type of genre Nintendo doesn’t really dabble with, it’d be shooters. The company has Splatoon, but that’s mostly it. That comes in contrast to the industry as a whole which does offer a high amount of games involving guns and shooting.

Shigeru Miyamoto was asked about that topic in an interview with The New Yorker. He admitted that there’s an inherent joy in hitting a target, but he has “some resistance to focusing on this single source of pleasure.” Although it’s not a bad thing that studios focus on that mechanic, he feels “it’s not ideal to have everybody doing it just because that kind of game sells well.” Miyamoto also believes it’d “be great if developers found new ways to elicit joy in their players.”

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Shigeru Miyamoto is the creator of some legendary franchises like Mario and Zelda. That doesn’t mean his kids only played Nintendo games, however. Miyamoto said in a recent interview with The New Yorker that they also played a lot of SEGA titles like Out Run and Harrier. Rather than being jealous, he said this inspired him to try harder, “so that they preferred the ones I made.”

Miyamoto said that his children didn’t care much about his job and have “never felt pressure to follow a certain path or to be a certain way”, adding: “I don’t think that they have felt any undue burden because of who their father is.”

Miyamoto also touched on the topic of having kids maintain a healthy relationship with games and ensuring that they don’t play too long. He said on that front:

Tokotoko Mario

When Super Nintendo World opens in Japan, visitors will be able to stop by the 1-Up Factory. The area will house all sorts of merchandise, including some exclusive items. One of these products is the Tokotoko Mario toy.

We heard about this a bit during the Super Nintendo World Direct, but we now have a few more details and photos. The toy will be sold in two versions – with the Warp Pipe or Red Shell. You can pose Mario with the Warp Pipe bundle while the Red Shell version comes with a Super Nintendo World flag.

Missed any part of today’s Super Nintendo World Direct? That’s not a problem, as the full presentation has now been uploaded online. Check it out below.

Super Nintendo World Direct

It’s been a busy past few days for presentations with the Indie World Showcase and Sephiroth presentation for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Nintendo is now ending the week with a Nintendo Direct dedicated to Super Nintendo World. The broadcast begins at 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET / 11 PM in the UK / 12 PM in Europe. It should last about 15 minutes and won’t cover game content.

You can watch the Nintendo Direct as it happens below. If anything noteworthy is shared, we’ll be sure to pass along the news on the site.


Geno is joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, though perhaps not in the way fans had hoped. Rather than a fighter, he’s being added to the game as a Mii Fighter costume. It follows the trend set in the previous Smash Bros. entry.

Having Geno represented is still notable, and Super Mario RPG character designer Kazuyuki Kurashima is celebrating the news with concept art originally created for the title so many years ago. You can find the full set below.

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