Q: Do you have a favourite recipe you can share with our hungry readers?
SM: Well, I do have to watch my weight a little. I donít want to get too heavy or anything. But I do really love carbohydrates! Pastas and udon noodles especially! I donít really have a precise recipe as I cooked when I was a student, though not really anymore. Sorry!
Q: [i]Whatís a typical Sunday in the Miyamoto household?
SM: At the weekends I try to spend as much time with my family as possible. Iíll probably start out with a swim, then take the dog for a walk. I have a Sheltie that needs a lot of exercise. Perhaps head up with the dog and the family into the mountains where weíll spend hours at a time. Perhaps Iíll come back and practice some music after that. I like to play the guitar and banjo. Then perhaps Iíll head out into the garden for some gardening so I have a pretty busy day though very relaxing. Oh, and I started playing the mandolin recently too. Iím looking into the roots of bluegrass which leads me to Irish music so Iím getting to grips with that right now.
Q: So what would be a typical day at work for you these days?
SM: Well these days, I donít really stick to the company timeframe. I kind of wander in when I want. But going home, Iím always one of the last people. Always one of the stragglers. There are a lot of projects Iím involved in so Iíll wander around and check on the progress of those. Iíll read reports, sit down in meeting to find out how games are progressing. And if thereís one project Iím really focussed on, maybe thatíll be the one that takes up the majority of my day. Iíll also spend a lot of time in our testing department to see how actual gameplay is progressing. And of course, perhaps a third of the day is taken up with emails. I like email because within the company I can send mail to perhaps ten guys at once on a project and then look at their responses.
Q: [i]How do you feel the pre-E3 press conference went this year for Nintendo? There wasnít a great deal revealedÖ[/i]
SM: I think that the things we did announced were things people wanted, so Iím happy with what we were able to give them. And right now, with many games weíre working on, such as Nintendogs, really have broad appeal. So we are reaching out to people who perhaps donít play games so much. And the Game Boy Micro which you have seen on the floor and here around my neck, is a lot more impactful when examined properly. Perhaps holding it up on stage didnít show it off so well as when you get to have a close look for yourself.
Q: The Revolution back-catalogue program that was announced. Will there be a charge for this service? And what games can we expect?
SM: As far as titles are concerned, weíll have to choose what to make available. But I should underline that we can offer whatever we want to from the back-catalogue. It's simply a matter of selecting them and picking them out! As far as a fee is concerned, that hasnít been announced or decided yet. Though if there is a fee, I can tell you that it will be minimal!
SPOnG would like to thank Miyamoto-san and all at Nintendo who made this interview possible. We also hope that our readers appreciate this brief insight into the life of a very private man who after over 20 years, is still atop of his game. And more importantly, still smiling. A lot.
Shigeru Miyamotoís next game, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for Nintendo GameCube is released across the globe later this year.