Category Archives: Shigeru Miyamoto

What An Nintendo Employee’s Workstation Might Look Like

Nintendo and a top secret government agency. What do they have in common? One enforces well elaborate measures to ensure absolutely nothing leaks to the press or public, and the other is a top secret government agency.

Joking aside, it can be pretty evident when working within the video game industry how tightly lipped and secreted the Big N can be. At one point, Nintendo put a stop to all media interviews with Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto; fearing that any information about future projects would be learned.

So when any tiny morsel of insight of what goes on in Nintendo’s walls is shown it’s a pretty joyful event. Kind of like getting a sneak peek at how chocolate is made at a chocolate factory.

Now thanks to some inquisitive folks down at everyone’s go-to gaming forming, NeoGAF, we get to see some awesome pictures of what an Nintendo employee’s workstation might look like. Check some of them out.

Is that a different version for the box art of Super Mario Bros. Wii I see my little eye?

Tingle?! Ahh! Get it away! Get it away!

Where do they get all those wonderful toys?

Wii Sports Resort anyone?

There is a lot more where that came from – all really incredible, but I don’t want to take up the whole web page (or this site’s bandwidth,) so you’ll just have to take the jump in the link below.

A NeoGAF forum member, by the name of mehdi_san, clues us in to the origin of the images above; posting that they might be from an Nintendo recruitment book made to attract university students.

It is a standard Japanese practice done by every company in country to entice would-be graduates to apply for a job at their company. In fact if you continue your search through that forum thread you will find other pictures from said mentioned book.

Nintendo fans (or 2ch reader), do you know where are these stuff come from ?? [NeoGaf]

Sonic 4: Episode 1 And Other Awesome Links Of The Day

With virtual soapboxes left and right, it hard to tell sometimes who’s opinion bares insightful weight and whose’s doesn’t. But if you’re wise enough to catch on, the true test is to watch how people react to certain things.

And in this medium there is no truer test than everyone’s favorite blue boy – Sonic the Hedgehog. Now, not to say that this is a cross the board examination that is always correct, but if the person in question mentions the eye color of a cartoon hedgehog being the instant mark of fail for game that was shown mer days ago… lunacy off the starboard bound, captain!

If none of the above makes a heap of sense – good. Then you can ignore all that horse-hockey and I can tell you the exciting news: Sega is finally bringing us a new 2D Sonic game that from the title alone tells you how ambitious or down right crazy the developer might be.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode. Surprising is an understatement when addressing the tittle. Yet in no way is this some fake ruse to make you spit-take violently. (Sorry if that has already happened.)

Last week the Sega Blognick unwrapped the real name to Project Needlemouse by showing a more in-depth teaser for the game, which featured a brief snippet of game play. Albeit only 3 seconds of it.

From the looks of things, a rather short one, it strikes a close appearance to the tradition Sonic games form the 16-bit era, but with a shiny high definition current console technology spin. Being a fan (and I’m sure Jay is too) of New Super Mario Brothers Wii, I am quite fond of this type of treatment. So no worries here.

We will have to wait for later videos tell how the direction of the game play is going to be, but Sega has mentioned in the initial press release that the game will be inspired by those classic Sonic games on the Genesis. In fact this game picks up right where Sonic & Knuckles leaves off and will begin a new grander story told in episodes.

Ah’ that’s right, that whole “Episode 1” moniker at the end of the title. Well, if you haven’t figured it out yet, this game, for now, is a digital download experience for PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, Nintendo WiiWare, and a secret platform to be mentioned later come this Summer. (Leaks already have this pinned down as perhaps being the iphone.)

The plan from Sega is to release the game in episodic chunks, and although there has been no official statement on the size of each “chunk,” word around the web is that they will be as long as a full length Genesis Sonic game.

All this spiky blue hedgehog talk is making me want to plunge back into Sonic’s 1 – 3 & K, but first, as the title of this post promises, some awesome links of the day.

Speaking of another famous face in the video game fandom, Legend of Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto loosens his lips about what he is currently working on. Next Zelda game, heard about it. Some new motion plus game, boring. A new console from Nintendo is coming soon? Say whaaat?

Shigeru Miyamoto Discusses New Nintendo Hardware [1Up]

Old Electronic Gaming Monthly might be gone, but Steve Harris, once former and now turned current owner of EGM, is set on bring the gaming publication back anew.  Check out what Mr. Harris has in store by checking out the recent press statement on the EGM Now website.

EGM Now Website

Who doesn’t love the Angry Video Game Nerd? Well maybe the developers of those games he swears at. But hey it’s all in good sport! (Not really.) Anyway, let’s check in with the Angry Video Game Nerd as he takes on Little Red Hood.

AVGN – Little Red Hood [ScrewAttack]

Well I’d love to stick around but I’ve got to speed, Keed! (Yeah, I wonder face palm that last line too.)

A Video Game Legend Joins The Cast Of Jersey Shore

I’ll be honest when I tell you that I have no passing interest in this “Jersey Shore” all these cool kids are raving about. Most of these MTV reality shows are just showcases for some of the worst human behavior of our generation. That is the common wisdom of these things.

But I can understand why it brings in the viewers like cartoon bears to picnic baskets; these TV train wrecks can be pretty amusing to watch. And as with anything that is popular, sooner or later more people want on the bandwagon. Including a certain Italian plummer as he surprisingly (but if you think about it — appropriately) stars in Jersey Shore: The Movie.

Check out the exclusive world premier trailer below to find out which famous video game star is trading in his classic red cap and overalls for a glop of hair gel and rock hard abs.

Warning – Video Contains Foul Language And Adult Content

Strangely enough, I feel like watching a Marx Brothers movie and eating a pint of tootsy fruitsy ice cream right about now.

Super Mario Bros. 3 In An Awesomely Creative Animation

When I was a little kid I loved anything that required cutting paper, gluing pieces, shaking on glitter, and coloring crafts with crayons and markers. I remember once drawing this cute picture of a lighthouse and then making a frame decorated by seashells to go with it. That beautiful picture hanged on the fridge for quite some time until it unfortunately disappeared. Putting that aside, I just love seeing anything that attempts such a cool direction of art — including when it’s applied to video games.

Let me introduce smartkid82504, a Youtube user that made a fantastic video clip of Super Mario Brothers 3 out of cardboard, paper, glue, and colored pencils. It would be kinda great to see this type of animation used for a real game, but I highly doubt that the expense (creatively and financially) would be worth it.

I still think my lighthouse drawing with the seashells is better though. (Well not that much better.)

smartkid82504’s Youtube Channel [Youtube]

Zelda Wii Concept Art

Miyamoto recently unveiled the concept art for his semi-officially announced Legend of Zelda game coming for the Wii.

It’s pretty.

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