Doesn’t sound like Nintendo thinks Mario is a good VR fit. Shigeru Miyamoto recently told USA Today, “I would agree that adapting Mario to new platforms is a key to keeping him relevant. But we want families to play together, and virtual reality doesn’t really fit well there. We also like people playing for a long time, and it’s hard to do that in VR.”


Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Jokes aside... I’m kinda glad that Miyamoto still thinks of gaming this way. For families to play together, people playing for a long time. Those are the reasons why I sticked to Nintendo for this long (I have a Wii U. A Wii what? har har har). I like having something to play on party game scenarios... don’t use consoles for much more than that these days, particular case really.

I’m hoping the philosophy sticks for the NX, let’s see how that goes. If not, the new Zelda might be my last console game. It’s not a party game, but after seeing some extended gameplay of it... DO WANT. Honestly, my Wii U already paid for itself... tons of hours on Hyrule Warriors, Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Splatoon and others. Several of those that I didn’t even think I was going to play a whole lot. It’s been collecting dust for almost half an year now, but Zelda will be the final salvo. A grand finalle indeed, with what I’ve seen so far.