Following the advent of flying pigs yesterday with the announcement of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
, Nintendo guru Shigeru Miyamoto's involvement in the 'project that fanboy dreams are made of' has been confirmed.
Sega of America president, Simon Jeffery, said,
“Mr. Miyamoto is very heavily involved in the overall direction of the game, the gameplay mechanics, at an executive producer sort of level. He's looking at every milestone, he's giving up suggestions and directions, and Perrin Kaplan actually told us yesterday that his involvement is way more than a lot of normal Nintendo games. And his blessing is really quite a landmark for a game like this that's being built outside of Nintendo itself.”
Upon hearing this SPOnG dropped to its knees in thanks. While the game was never going to be a rush job, Olympics-based titles have never had the best pedigree. Miyamoto's involvement, however, is mightily encouraging from a gameplay perspective.
Perhaps we shouldn't have worried, however. Addressing concerns about Olympic video games, Jeffrey said,
“The game will play very differently from those traditional, standard Olympics style games, and we think that will open up whole new areas of sports on the Wii and the DS that will take advantage of both the gameplay styles of the Sonic games and the Mario games as well.”
And for those of you screaming 'They can't put Sonic and Mario in a foot race!' your concerns are shared. Nintendo of America's senior VP of marketing, George Harrison, said, “I am a little concerned about Sonic's speed when he's racing Mario in a footrace, so we'll have to see how we can equalize that.”Source: GameDailyBiz