Shigeru Miyamoto accidentally trolled Nintendo Direct fans

Shigeru Miyamoto gestures towards the screen while surrounded by Pikmin during today's Nintendo Direct.

Screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku

Nintendo Direct on Tuesday was a highly publicized affair, with a whopping 40 minutes devoted to the Japanese company’s handheld console and its games. Most people kept their expectations in check, as Nintendo said the event will primarily focus on products coming out during the holiday season. But that still leaves room for surprises, and when Shigeru Miyamoto appears on screen, you get excited.

Miyamoto is legendary, after all. We tend to see it for important things, like announcing the animated coming soon Mario movie That has a star-studded castor for things like the Super Nintendo World Theme Park. You know, ads with mainstream appeal or questionable prestige projects.

Miyamoto has also been in the company for long enough to seem more or less capable of doing what he wants, although he continues to recommend many projects. He lately he’s been focusing on theme parks because he makes him feel like he’s doing something new again, and he’s As soon as familiar enough for video game design to spark excitement.

“Now I’m focusing on the need to keep finding new experiences,” he said an interview with The New Yorker. “This has always been what interested and excited me about the medium: not perfecting the old but discovering the new”.

But that doesn’t mean Miyamoto is always out doing something big and new. Having Miyamoto’s stature means that he can also devote time to passion projects. This is how we come to the great Nintendo Direct of today.

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This is how we come to the great Nintendo Direct of today. The fact is that, even if you did not expect news, let’s say, about a new model of the Nintendo Switch or BoW 2, for some reason, for a brief moment it seemed like Miyamoto had something big to say. He began by pointing out that he had some things to share, “including some news”. Soon after, Miyamoto started talking about Chris Pratt Mario movies and the Super Nintendo World theme park. Except … all he said was that they were still working on the finishing touches for both projects.


When Miyamoto then started talking about the Pikmin mobile game, which has been out for a while, chat has started to lose its shit. We haven’t seen Miyamoto for a while and is this what he wants to tell the world? What made it particularly funny is that it’s not possible that Miyamoto isn’t aware of how this might be received. He introduced the segment by telling people the Pikmin the series is 20 years old, but the company is “still” working on it. Franchise like Zelda, MetroidAnd Super Mario they are all older than that, but it would never remind people that Nintendo is still working on it, that would be absurd. Nintendo also regularly revives random franchises, albeit often in the context of series like Smash Bros. But Pikmin it’s not exactly a popular series and we already know there aren’t many people playing Pikmin Flower, despite having a developer like Niantic behind it.


The bright side here though is that Miyamoto really had some real news to share: Pikmin 4 will arrive in 2023. The fact that the game exists probably comes as no surprise to anyone, like Miyamoto somehow said it was “nearing completion” seven full years ago. Pikmin 3 was released in 2013; almost a whole decade has passed. Shout out to all the fans that they’ve been holding out for so long, though I’m afraid you’ll still be starving a little bit, because the trailer we received today doesn’t show much. Have you heard about that good Pikmin-like on Game Pass?

While this news will make some people very happy, while I was watching on Twitch, the chat was in total disbelief for the entire Miyamoto segment, even as the new game was being shown. Most people screamed and denigrated the whole thing. And it makes sense: thanks to the way the Direct was built, its appearance almost looked like a fake. Everyone started holding their breath at the chance to hear Chris Pratt do an Italian accent, and instead heard of a franchise that has been around for years and has never been this popular in the beginning. “lol”, as the children say.

For those of us who have been following Nintendo for a long time, though, this is the classic Miyamoto. The dude has always been a little offbeat, which is exactly what equipped him to design some of the most memorable games of all time. That is Pikmin it has always been close to the heart of man. In 2013, Miyamoto said that in his lifetime he had directed perhaps around 50 games and helped supervise over 100. And of those games, many of which are defining the industry, Pikmin 3 he was one of his best, he said. The numbers are probably much higher now, over a decade later, but I’m willing to bet it would probably rank again. Pikmin pretty high if she keeps the series on life support.


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