In what’s become an E3 tradition at this point, Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto has fielded questions about whether or not he has a new IP in the works. With such legendary franchises as Mario, Zelda, Star Fox, and Pikmin under his belt, everyone wants to know what the next big idea from Shiggy will be. It’s been over a decade since the creation of Pikmin, the last of his major franchises, and the fans are ready for more. So what’s taking him so long?
Back in 2010, Miyamoto said that he’d like to have something to show off in terms of a new IP in a year’s time. Going into E3 2011, expectations were high that we’d see a new blockbuster series from Shigeru, but nothing was revealed. During a roundtable discussion it was eventually revealed that all his other plans had taken the back seat to the completion of Pikmin 3.
Now here we are at E3 2012, and still no new franchise. Now that Pikmin 3 is near completion, does that mean Miyamoto is free to devote more time to making a new game?
“One thing I want to clear up…people like to ask me if I want to do a small project with a small team. I do like working with a small team, and I’m working with a number of small teams on a lot of different ideas, but the problem is because of all these different roles that I have to fulfill, it takes me a long time to write the design document In addition, working with small teams causes design work to take longer. Maybe this time next year I’ll have something ready to show you that perhaps will illustrate that idea.”
If you’ll recall, there were some rumors awhile back that Miyamoto was resigning from his executive position in the company, and that he wanted to return to being a game developer on a smaller scale. These rumors, which actually caused Nintendo’s stock to drop, turned out to be exaggerated. Miyamoto explained that he wasn’t planning to retire, but rather just to alter his role slightly, and to spend more time working with small teams in general.
As a high ranking link in Nintendo’s chain of command, Miyamoto is highly respected, and as such, is asked to contribute to a lot of different projects. His time is spread pretty thin in taking consultant and production type roles for various Nintendo projects, leaving him little time to work on his own. Whether its his previous installments like Zelda and Pikmin, or working on various other Nintendo projects, Miyamoto has lots of prior obligations that take priority over bringing a new IP to the table.
Thus, for the third year a row, Miyamoto is letting us know in a non-committal way that he’d like to have a new franchise for us by E3 next year, but there’s no promises. So what do you guys think? Will Miyamoto finally have something to show next year? Or will his prior engagements once again keep him tied down? Sound off in the comments.