Zelda, and Pikmin creator, Shigeru Miyamoto was recently interviewed by UK's Guardian Unlimited.
Here are the
key take-aways from the article. In regards to poor 2005 game sales, the game creator had this to say: "It's not
necessarily that people are getting tired of videogames per se but the problem the industry faces is that it is
creating titles that are similar to other ones... Customers are more interested in variety and quality then straight
quantity. Too many game creators listen to requests from existing gamers who simply want beefed-up versions of existing
Regarding innovation and expensive game development, Shigeru had this to say: "One of my
aims is to let game creators know that they shouldn't feel constricted by budget. If you have a good idea, we have the
money." He continued in response to recent PlayStation 3 announcements by saying: "Any announcement about PS3
will affect Nintendo. But we don't see it as a competition between the two consoles... Sony has taken a long time to
create their machine but it is obvious that the direction we (Nintendo) are taking is different to the PS3."
It seems (by recent game sales) that a majority of consumers still enjoy what's being dished out by publishers.
If so, do you agree with Miyamoto that developers should listen less to customers while the games industry faces a
transitional period into next-gen?