User mehdi_san over on NeoGAF has translated French site Game Blog’s interview with famed designer Shigeru Miyamoto. Miyamoto-san touched on a number of new games that he’s working on and even commented on all those wild Project Cafè stories that have been flooding the internet. After giving the old company line that Nintendo is always working on a new console, he (amazingly) admitted that he is in fact working on a new console. When questioned on rumors of a new Wii, Miyamoto responded that “where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire.” It’s extremely uncharacteristic for him, or any Nintendo employee for that matter, to officially confirm a rumor prior to a planned Nintendo announcement. Unsurprisingly, he added that you shouldn’t expect all of the dozens of rumors floating around to be true.
As for games, Miyamoto dropped several juicy tidbits. He once again confirmed that he is indeed working on a new Pikmin game. For those unaware, the designer has said as much in numerous interviews over the past several years. Nintendo has yet to officially unveil the project, however. In addition, he’s also working on new games in the Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Brothers, and Mario Kart franchises. It is unclear whether or not the Zelda and Mario games are Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Super Mario 3DS or currently unannounced new iterations. Additionally it seems that there are new AR games in the works for 3DS. We’re not sure if these will hit retail shelves or be downloadable once the Nintendo Shop goes live in June.
If you’re a Zelda fan, and I most certainly am, you already know that Nintendo is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Link’s first game this year. It has been teased before that there will be some sort of celebration in honor of it. Miyamoto let it slip that there will be a number of products released in some form or another as part of the celebration.
For now I’m going to throw an old “wait until E3” cry out there. Nintendo’s conference (precise date and time yet to be revealed) should provide plenty of excitement.
[Image courtesy of Nintendo.]