Tuesday’s Nintendo Direct was highly publicized, with a whopping 40 minutes devoted to the Japanese company’s handheld console and its games. Most people kept their expectations somewhat in check, because Nintendo said the event would largely focus on products coming out this holiday season. But that still leaves room for surprises, and when Shigeru Miyamoto appears on screen, you get excited.
Miyamoto is legendary, after all. We tend to see it for important things, like the announcement of the upcoming anime Mario movie that has a star-studded castor for things like Super Nintendo World theme park. You know, ads with general appeal or questionable prestige projects.
Miyamoto has also been with the company long enough that he seems more or less capable of doing whatever he wants, though he still advises on many projects. He has been focusing on theme parks lately because it makes him feel like he’s doing something new again, and it’s single familiar enough with video game design to stir up excitement.
“Now I am focusing on the need to continue finding new experiences,” he said in an interview with the new yorker. “This has always been what interested and excited me about the medium: not refining the old but discovering the new.”
But that doesn’t mean Miyamoto is always doing something big and new. Having Miyamoto’s stature means he too can spend time on exciting projects. So we come to today’s great Nintendo Direct.
So we come to today’s great Nintendo Direct. The fact is that, although you did not expect news about, for example, a new model of Nintendo Switch or bottom 2, for some reason, for a brief moment it seemed that Miyamoto had something important to say. He began by commenting that he had a few things to share, “including some news.” Right after this, Miyamoto started talking about Chris Pratt. Mario movie and the Super Nintendo World theme park. Except… all he said was that they were still working on the finishing touches for both projects.
When Miyamoto started talking about the Pikmin mobile game, which has been out for a while, chat started losing its shit. We haven’t seen Miyamoto for a long time and this is what he wants to tell the world? What made it especially funny is that there’s no way Miyamoto wouldn’t know how this could be received. He introduced the segment by telling people the Pikmin The series is 20 years old, but the company is “still” working on it. franchises like Zelda, metroidY Super Mario they’re all older than that, but I would never remind people that Nintendo is still working on them, that would be absurd. Nintendo also routinely revives random franchises, though often in the context of series like Smash Bros. But Pikmin is not exactly a popular series, and we already know that there are not many people playing pikmin flower, despite having a developer like Niantic behind.
However, the silver lining here is that Miyamoto did have some real news to share: Pikmin 4 it will arrive in 2023. The fact that the game exists is probably not a surprise to anyone, since Miyamoto somehow said it was “almost done” seven whole years ago. Pikmin 3 it was released in 2013; Almost a whole decade has passed. Shout out to all the fans who have been waiting for so long, though I’m afraid you’ll still be starving a bit, because the trailer we got today doesn’t show much. Have you heard about that good Pikmin-Like on Game Pass?
While this news will make some people very happy, while watching on Twitch the chat was in total disbelief throughout Miyamoto’s segment, even when the new game was being shown off. Most of the people were screaming and denouncing the whole thing. And it makes sense: thanks to the way Direct was built, its appearance almost felt like a fake. Everyone started to hold their breath at the prospect of hearing Chris Pratt with an Italian accent and instead heard about a franchise that has been on life support for years and was never that popular to begin with. “hahaha”, as the children say.
However, for those of us who have followed Nintendo for a long time, this is classic Miyamoto. The guy has always been a bit of an offbeat, which is exactly what equipped him to design some of the most memorable games of all time. that, and Pikmin has always been close to the heart of man. In 2013, Miyamoto said that in his lifetime he had directed some 50 games and helped oversee more than 100. And of those games, many of which are industry-defining, Pikmin 3 was one of his best, he said. The numbers are likely to be much higher now, over a decade later, but I’m willing to bet it’ll probably still rank. Pikmin pretty high there if you keep the series on life support.