E3 2008: Miyamoto Discusses Traditional Games and E3

In the same article which saw Shigeru Miyamoto telling developers to “look around you,” The Telegraph acknowledged that E3 wasn’t exactly a fan-pleasing event where the press conferences were concerned, Nintendo’s in particular. Miyamoto admits there was little at E3 to satisfy their appetite, but tries to reassure those “traditional” gamers (a term I think is far more favorable than “core” or “hardcore”) that Nintendo still remains focused on them as well.

“Making these ‘traditional’ games is what I am best at,” he says. “Because games of that nature take upwards of two or three years to make, we always have to keep the teams working on those projects going. At any given time, the team could be five to ten people, or it could be 50-plus. People are always switching in and out of those teams.”

“They are all working on more Mario, Zelda and Pikmin projects,” he adds, “And they all work in close proximity to me, so I can keep a good eye on them.”

In fact, Miyamoto believes that traditional games– and traditional controllers, for that matter– still play a vital role: “What the Wii remote and motion control allows us to do is things we couldn’t have done before. But of course there are also things that are accomplished better with buttons.”

So odds seem good that Nintendo fans will get their traditional fix before long, and E3 2008 will be forgotten like a bad dream.