There is a problem with most interviews with Shigeru Miyamoto, legendary Nintendo developer and the man behind Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda. That problem is they all sound the same and rarely deliver any insight beyond a repetition of the last interview you read. SPOnG hopes that this interview will be a little different.
Question: So the first question has to be ? where was Mario 128 at this year?s E3. This is the third year in a row the game hasn?t shown up. What gives?
Shigeru Miyamoto: Well, we are working on Mario obviously, for the Revolution console. We have a lot of different ideas that where?re looking at right now, so whether it?ll be Mario 128 or a completely different Mario, we?re not sure yet. But we will have a Mario game, for the Revolution. What I?d really like you to do is take a look at the new Mario for the DS, a brand new title. It has wireless play for multiple players to hook-up and is on the showfloor!
Q: But late last year it was underlined that Mario 128 would be a GameCube title. So when was the decision made to shift it across to Revolution?
SM: I said that? [Laughs] The decision was made to make that change during last year though I don?t have an exact date.
Q: Is it a port of the original code?
SM: The Revolution is going to have a lot of technological makeup from the GameCube, so obviously it?s [new Mario] going to be made out of the same things. Plus a whole bunch of other stuff. So we are definitely using that code, just enhancing it, optimising it and adding new things to it. The code exists! It?s still alive!
Q: What was your first car and what car do you drive today?
SM: My first car was an economy car they sell in Japan, from Honda. It was a Honda K car. The actual model was Honda K: Z600 N360 though my friend customised it, upgrading it for me to an N450! I then painted it so it read ?Bluegrass Express? down the sides! I didn?t add wheels or a muffler, the paint was the customisation by me. I also painted a big fireball on it too.
These days I drive a seven-seat Nissan minivan people carrier for my family, though I?m also looking at something new. Perhaps a Honda Odyssey. I?ve always had four-wheel-drive cars, I should mention that too. I don?t know if that?s good or bad or not but that?s what I buy. I don?t have any Mercedes or Ferraris or anything like that.
Q: Perhaps leave all that to the guys at Sega?
SM: [Laughs] I didn?t say that!