Nintendo Goes “Back to the Shack” w/ Nintendo Garage
In a recent interview by Edge Magazine, game development legend Shigeru Miyamoto discusses a new internal program at Nintendo created for the purpose of allowing young flourishing developers to create new game ideas – Nintendo Garage. The following is a quote from Miyamoto’s Edge interview.
“Splatoon and the three prototypes are the first games to emerge from Garage, a new Nintendo development programme set up last year in which developers break off into small teams and work on new ideas. “There are increasing numbers of young staff at Nintendo’s development studios these days,” Miyamoto says, “and these young guys really want to express themselves.” Work is done during office hours, but he compares Garage to an after-school club, in spirit if not in schedule. “Class time’s over: they gather together and think about new projects completely apart from their everyday business assignments. When all of those projects have advanced to a certain stage, we gather together and exchange opinions on the outcome of each of them, and together we decide which ones should continue. We may have shown several software titles at E3 [that came from Garage], but there are many others in development too.”
Fresh ideas like Splatoon, Project Guard, and the upcoming Starfox Wii U are just a handful of new developments from these budding minds. According to Miyamoto, there is much more to come.
Upon reading this quote, as well as the new quote from Miyamoto regarding his renewed interest in the core gamer, my faith in Nintendo is being steadily restored. Nintendo is heralded for the franchises most gamers grew up with and continue to play today. Nintendo’s tried-and-true IPs bridge generational gaps and create atmospheres that many gamers can reflect upon, but there’s no doubt that people are yearning for Nintendo to show them once again what made them who they are – that innovation and riskiness they once displayed in their prime. It seems that Nintendo Garage may be the answer.
As a gamer and fan, I really hope that Miyamoto delivers. I’d like for the response to focus on more online elements in their games, more narratively driven games, and games with much more depth and vast universes. The gaming industry is moving in such a direction that the interest of the modern gamer has shifted dramatically. With this cultural shift, Nintendo has got to find a way to appeal to everyone as they were most famous for during the Super Nintendo era. Right now it appears that Nintendo gets it. Hopefully it’s the “it” we’ve all been waiting for. Miyamoto is a genius, but his methods are also infamous for being unorthodox.
I have to see it to believe it, Miyamoto. Make me believe.
How do you feel about the future of Nintendo after Miyamoto’s recent statements? The Nintendo Garage is a novel idea, here’s to what may potential be a nice move for the Kyoto-based company.