Artists, Even Game Developers, Are Weird. That's A Good Thing.

Video games have their rockstars. But they're not the same kind of rockstars as the ones who strut around in dresses made of meat or go on talk shows to argue about their Twitter feuds. Compared to pop music or Hollywood, games often seem like they have a culture of celebrity that's far more subtle. Nonexistent, even.… » 4/16/14 3:30pm Wednesday 3:30pm

The Guy Behind Zelda Says He Sucks At Mario Games

You might know peppy Nintendo game designer Eiji Aonuma as the man in charge of all things Zelda. You might also know that he came up underneath the tutelage of Shigeru Miyamoto, the man who created Mario. But did you know that Aonuma isn’t that good at games featuring the company’s most iconic character? » 10/21/13 12:30pm 10/21/13 12:30pm

Super Mario Recreations of Famous Surrealist Paintings Are Magnifique

Three years ago, Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto told me that he had the work of Surrealist painter Rene Magritte floating around his head when he was crafting the few first Super Mario games. It makes sense when you think about it. There’s a certain mind/eye trickery in the Mario games that definitely has its roots… » 7/26/13 4:30pm 7/26/13 4:30pm

Shigeru Miyamoto and the Damsel In Distress

Shigeru Miyamoto made Donkey Kong, and, in the process, put a woman on top of some girders for Mario to rescue. His Super Mario and Zelda series perpetually involve saving a princess. If we're going to talk about women in games, we should talk to him about it, right? Last week, I did. » 6/20/13 2:45pm 6/20/13 2:45pm

Shigeru Miyamoto's 'Bad' Game

Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo's lead creator of Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong, was recently showing me Pikmin 3, but there was something he'd just said that I had to follow up on. "I have to ask, Mr. Miyamoto, you said you have made a bad game. What was the bad game you made?" » 6/18/13 11:00am 6/18/13 11:00am

Mario's Creator Likens Game Ownership to Toy Ownership

It's clear what Microsoft thinks of game ownership—the Xbox One's policies don't communicate much of a belief in it. Sony scored a lot of points on Monday, but to be fair, it was a defense of the status quo. Where does Nintendo come down on the subject? » 6/13/13 10:20am 6/13/13 10:20am

Super Mario's Creator Says Wii U Skepticism Mirrors the Nintendo DS…

Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Super Mario and the Legend of Zelda, gave an interview to CNN this weekend about the Wii U that basically amounts to "Please give us a chance." He thinks the skepticism shown to the Wii U is akin to the early doubts about the first Nintendo DS, and that public opinion will ultimately… » 4/07/13 5:30pm 4/07/13 5:30pm