There was once a time when mascots ruled the world. After the notorious video game crash of 1983 (otherwise known as the Atari Debacle), Nintendo managed to single handedly change people’s perceptions of gaming by introducing a large roster of instantly recognisable characters that offered far more than two lines and a dot. What could be regarded as the Nintendo Renaissance period, the company were able to transform the industry standard by upping quality control and ensuring that players will have the best possible gaming experience thanks to the Nintendo Seal of Approval. Apart from about 70% of the games still being truly awful.
But I digress. If you think about Nintendo’s achievements, it’s baffling to see how far they have come. However, while it may seem that they have a limitless amount of franchises to work with, Miyamoto is still on the look out for fresh blood in an attempt to revitalise of what could be considered a dying breed of gaming.
In an interview with Sankei Shinbun newspaper, Miyamoto-San admitted that ‘we need new characters soon, maybe we can move forward on that next year.’
Despite showcasing a large number of old franchises at this year’s E3 such as Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Kid Icarus, there has yet to be a truly original IP since the days of the Gamecube. And no, Wii Music doesn’t count.
Will we see a brand new game in 2011? Only time will tell.