It's Time Nintendo Brought Out a New Franchise, Says Shigeru Miyamoto

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Nintendo has a stable of tried and tested games. But those of you who wished Nintendo would do something new, listen up. According to Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo will.


In the latest issue of Famitsu, Miyamoto talked about a "new franchise". Here's the direct quote (translation via Kotaku's Toshi Nakamura):

Famitsu: So, starting with Pikmin 3, you've got a lot of new Wii U titles planned up until the holiday season.

Miyamoto: With the recent version upgrade [of the Wii U], we've worked on the system side of things and we're planning on further system tweaks ahead, but even as is, [the Wii U] has become a useful item for the living room. However, it's pointless to talk about other features, no matter how fulfilling, without releasing games of our own, so we hope you'll look forward to the games to come. Next Spring, with the release of Mario Kart 8, we'll have a general selection available, so I've been thinking it would be a good time to bring out a new franchise.

Famitsu: A new franchise! An all-new title that you would be working on?

Miyamoto: I can't say too much in detail right now, but I've been pretty busy with this title these days.

Miyamoto offered no details about what Nintendo's mysterious new franchise would be, but at E3 he told Kotaku that he expects new franchises to feel new, to not just feel like new characters doing the same old thing:

"A lot of people say, 'Oh, you should make new characters and those would be fun games,' but creating a new character doesn't necessarily mean the game is going to be fun. You really need to be focusing on creating a new gameplay experience that's fun and unique."

The ideal mix? Nintendo creates a new gameplay experience with new characters.

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I think, more than anything, Nintendo needs to retire some of its franchises. I mean, I don't want to see the Zelda series disappear as much as the next guy, but the fact of the matter is that while Nintendo franchises are very high quality games, they are so lost in their tropes and cliches that Nintendo almost can't see past them.

Mario will always be Nintendo's platforming series. Zelda will always be their adventure/RPG series. Metroid will always be their ...adventure/shooter series... Pikmin will always be their RTS. Fire Emblem / Advance Wars will always be their strategy RPG. Pokemon will always be their traditional RPG. Warioware will always be their quirky series. Mario Kart will always be their racing series. Donkey Kong will always feel like a lost art. Star Fox will always be.... what is Star Fox now? Smash Bros will always be their fighter.

I'm not trying to be overly critical about Nintendo, but they've filled every hole with something that is their take on the genre and haven't ever put away the pieces to say, "Well, maybe we've stretched this genre as far as we can with this series?" Nintendo needs to breathe.