This very rare, very early Japanese game history book published in 1988 is currently for sale in Akihabara for about $200. Check out that young Miyamoto mugshot!
Today in Yokohama, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto gave the keynote address at the 2018 Computer Entertainment Developers Conference. The speech was about an hour long, and here are some of the highlights.
To get into the private Nintendo-themed bar “84,” you gotta either be a member or know someone. Its address isn’t listed, and the establishment is strictly card-carrying members only. No wonder the door makes a Zelda secret sound when opened.
In 1994, Jean-Jacques Beineix made a documentary called Otaku. It features a nine-minute tour of Nintendo’s offices, and it is wonderful to watch.
According to Mario’s newly updated, official Japanese-language profile, the iconic character isn’t working as a plumber. This shouldn’t be a total surprise, because the character seems to do everything but plumbing.
Could there be anything worse than meeting Shigeru Miyamoto, the man behind Mario and Zelda, when you’re completely tanked? Probably not. But if you’re into video games, you’ve probably considered what it’d be like to meet the man himself. Find out how you’ll meet Miyamoto in this quiz.
For a certain type of video game enthusiast, getting to meet Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto is the ultimate dream. You rehearse in your head what you’re going to say. You hope you don’t blow it. In 1997, game music composer Grant Kirkhope had, shall we say, a suboptimal experience meeting Nintendo’s game design guru.
July 2017 marks a big anniversary for Nintendo: The company has now been producing video game hardware and software for 40 years, beginning with the Color TV Game 6 and Color TV Game 15 in July 1977.
While we’re prepping for E3 this week and reminiscing about the great moments from expos past, let me regale you of a tale of the weirdest thing that ever happened to me there.
Over the years, game development companies have found all sorts of euphemisms for unpaid overtime, but Nintendo’s might be the best. If legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto ever comes up and tells you it’s “Mario time,” you’re in for a long night.
Nintendo creative maestro Shigeru Miyamoto is a genius. He’s generally considered to be the greatest game developer of all time. And, just like you and me, all he wants to do is climb trees.
Back in 2015, Satoru Iwata passed away at the age of 55. That was far too soon, and he had still so much to accomplish in the gaming industry. In a recent Time interview, Shigeru Miyamoto talked about how Iwata contributed to Nintendo’s upcoming console.
Did you know that Mario’s last name is also Mario? He’s not alone. Apparently, it’s an ongoing gag spanning multiple games over at Nintendo HQ, where they jokingly give characters silly full names.
Super Mario 64 was a watershed moment for our favorite video game plumber. Mario made the leap into the third dimension and brought a colorful array of characters with him but a major ally was missing: his brother Luigi. Was he just hiding the whole time?
There’s something about analog development materials. Take, for example, these Legend of Zelda original design documents. Hand drawn on paper, they are still a sight to see.
In 1992, Shigeru Miyamoto sat down for an interview with Famicom Tsuushin magazine, mostly to talk about Zelda, but also to shed some light on what it was like working at Nintendo at the time. It’s a very good read.
Remember, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto doesn’t just make games, he plays them. And one that he’s liked a lot over the last few years has been Minecraft, though not necessarily because it’s something he likes playing. It’s because he wishes Nintendo had made it instead.
Miyamoto doesn’t only make video games. He plays guitar as well as the banjo. On The Tonight Show, he played the Super Mario theme with the Roots.
I mean, I know that this is an actual thing that is happening, but for anyone who remembers Nintendo’s once-staunch opposition to mobile gaming, it’s still a weird photo to process.