At first, we weren't going to post about Shigeru Miyamoto's Wii Fit
interview with The Times
, as it seemed fairly unremarkable. There are the usual platitudes from Shiggy about reaching out to all ages, and some tiresome examples of how mainstream press outlets still expertly patronize gamers (according to the article, the games industry "has long been the preserve of obsessive, nerdy teenagers, mostly called Alan"), but there's actually some interesting parts there also, tucked away amongst the fluff.
For starters, it appears that Miyamoto is an absolute hard ass
when it comes to parenting. Well, not really, but the Nintendo legend does reveal that he's always nagging his kids to get off of their backsides and go outside when the weather is good. And this guy is trying to sell
More intriguingly still, the Nintendo legend speaks about how he hopes Wii Fit
will have an impact on family life. As Miyamoto puts it: "In Japanese households, suddenly new conversations are springing up between fathers and mothers, fathers and daughters, talking about Wii Fit
. We would love that to happen in Britain."
Can you folks envisage a day when your family time is dominated by talk of your BMI and hula hoop personal bests?