Miyamoto: Gamers will continue to buy hardware if games are compelling

Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto downplays impact of smartphones on traditional platforms, is not yet concerned about Wii U sales.

Concerns that the smartphone market is hurting sales of traditional platforms are overblown, according to Mario and Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto. Speaking with The New York Times, the industry veteran said gamers will continue to buy traditional hardware as long as the games are compelling.

"As long as we're able to provide an entertainment experience that people want to play, they're more than happy to purchase another device to carry around with them alongside their smartphone," Miyamoto said.

He pointed out that in the past few years, smartphone sales have surged in Japan, so much so that some are saying, "Maybe I don't need a console, or I don't need a portable gaming device." However, Miyamoto said Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the 3DS has been a "big hit" in Japan. The game is due out in the United States this June.

"And what we're seeing is that the people playing it primarily are adult women," Miyamoto said. "And adult women also happens to be the same group of people that has been rapidly adopting cellphones over the last couple of years."

Overall, Miyamoto said he believes the entertainment business is "unpredictable."

"Entertainment is this thing that moves around from place to place. You have a theme park like Disneyland, and that's a form of entertainment," he said. "And at the same time you have small, downloadable software for your smartphone that you can play, and that's entertainment. Nintendo's stance, over all, is that we don't know where entertainment will take us next."

Concerning the Wii U, Miyamoto said Nintendo thinks about what kinds of experiences families want in the living room with a TV. "Because we don't think that families are going to go away, and we don't think that TVs are going to go away," he said.

Addressing reports of slow Wii U sales, Miyamoto said he would like to see "a little more momentum." Regarding the long-term potential for the platform, he said he's not concerned yet.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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adaweawe
adaweawe

"not concerned...yet" lol

Marcster1994
Marcster1994

I bought a Wii U just for Monster Hunter, and I'm perfectly fine with that. I've waited 4 damn years for a new Monster Hunter game and I'm going to play it. I don't give a single half-crap about what anyone says.

csward
csward

Oh Mr. Miyamoto, the irony here is hilariously obvious. When are we getting a killer app for the Wii U? Certainly not with in this ridiculous "launch window".

emptycow
emptycow

sony vita has just started out selling the 3ds in japan i said this going to happen  now when the price drop comes to the u.s and  other parts of the world nintendo will have problems

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

You know if were anyone other than Miyamoto I would be annoyed that pointing out the obvious was considered news worthy.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

Rayman Legends was supposed to be exclusive and Nintendo screwed up plus Ubisoft lied.  This game was compelling enough for me to buy a Wii U after I tried the demo for the game at the Wii U displays in GameStop/EB Games.  I bought the Wii U just to play that game. Ok well maybe not totally that as if the console would have been popular I would have flipped it at Xmas for huge $$$.

JusXice
JusXice

lol I'm not one of those people will buy a console for a game. I just buy only one console and all I need is my phone to game on and quick access to chat with others or call.  I'm smart with my money ,and I invest it into other things besides gaming. Once a game comes out that I want I'll wait a couple weeks to pick it up I mean it not going anywhere.

botroo3
botroo3

Its true, I only bought a Wii to play skyward sword. and i then i bought Metroid ,donkey kong ,mario galaxy 1&2 and monster hunter tri, just because of one game i bough a console and a lot more games, just please don't wait for ever to release a Wii U Zelda game.

Spitf1re-us
Spitf1re-us

Mario isn't exactly compelling anymore. Nintendo really needs to explore new avenues. 

so_hai
so_hai

I can't find any exclusive games on smartphones that stand up to long-term play like even a lesser Nintendo GBA game provides.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I have nothing but respect for Miyamoto, but I could have told you this a long time ago. The majority of the gaming fanbase doesn't like the idea of smartphone gaming taking over one bit. We will not let it happen.  

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

Damn straight they must be compelling; so give us Smash Bros already!

Tri-Enforcer
Tri-Enforcer

The Wii U needs its Killer App.  Ports of games that have been out for awhile, are not going to cut it.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Everyone at Nintendo lives in a cloud. Not in reality. They have not done ONE SINGLE thing worth a damn since the Gamecube died.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Yes, Miyamoto, you make an excellent point, but a currently invalid one since

WII U HAS NO GAEMS LELELEL XDDDDDD

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

no one buys a mobile version of a game if there is a console version. i wonder what geniuses thought about this lol

Blitzkrieg129
Blitzkrieg129

Bought a Wii U, played Mario Bros. Now it's basically just sitting there, waiting for Zelda and any other worth-while Nintendo game. Kinda wish I waited to spend the $250.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@emptycow 

By 2k units, you make it sound like the Vita sold more than double the amount of 3DS's. When the Vita actually closes in on the gap between the two systems, then maybe that'll spell trouble for Nintendo but right now, the 3DS has a 26m lead on the Vita. 

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

@emptycow Sorry to break this to you dude...but the vita is just a Mobile Persona 4 golden player / paperweight at the moment. You citing month to month stats to like not feel like you got raped but yearly worldwide sales totals pretty much made the vita vs. 3ds one of the quickest knockouts i can remember in system wars. MAYBE vita makes a comeback with connectivity with PS4, but i wouldn't bank on it. 

You got a pet rock in sony packaging brother....

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@DeViLzzz 

That wasn't really as much Nintendo's fault as it was Ubisoft's. I mean, how was Nintendo to know that Ubisoft would pull a stunt like that after promising and putting ads on TV saying that Rayman Legends would be coming to the Wii U exclusively on Feb. 2013? Also it's Ubisoft's boneheadedness for not realizing that Feb. would've been perfect for the Wii U version as it had no competition to take attention away from it. If the game sells horribly when it comes out, there's no one to blame other than the heads of Ubisoft since September is a huge month for gaming. 

trdrstv
trdrstv

@botroo3 Yup. I know Nintendo will put enough games on the system that I want to buy but until some of them are available, there's really no need to get the system yet. Drop an HD Metroid Prime, F-Zero, or Smash Bros and I'll be all over it, but as of now what's the 1st part game(s) to look forward to? This year they'll show a peek of smash bros and they'll probably launch Mario Kart / and Wii Fit U ... that's about all I've seen. Everything else has been 3DS... 

Furwings
Furwings

@Spitf1re-us Then again neither are the endless stream of military-based FPS games or 3rd person Gears clones either. The 360/PS3/Wii generation is just stale. It's lasted about 2 or 3 years too long and it's tapped out. Instead of building a "Me too" system that would go toe-to-toe with the next Xbox & PS4, thus stagnating the market with 3 cookie-cutter consoles that offer 95% of the same experience, they took a chance on less power, but a new, unique, innovative controller that separates them from the pack. 

Sure the launch has been a bit slow. But wait for the new installments of Nintendo's biggest exclusives and the ways in which they'll introduce new gameplay concepts with the GamePad. Also, just seeing those franchises in HD will also get people excited. Will they match the visual fidelity of the games on the PS4/NeXbox? No, but they'll be the best looking Nintendo games ever which is pretty exciting to me.

JusXice
JusXice

well why is that? to me smartphone gaming is handly while your on the road or killing time

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

@Tri-Enforcer Nintendo screwed up.  The killer app was Rayman Legends and now it is being ported to other systems and has been delayed on the Wii U for 7 months.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@DarthLod 

Only by your idiotic/unrealistic standards (and everyone like you). Yet to the rest of the sensible community, Nintendo has done plenty of noteworthy and amazing things, may not be the best or the most widely accepted, but going out there and doing exactly what the competition isn't doing is exactly what an industry like this needs.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@racerxgundam @emptycow 

To be fair, the PSP struggled initially but eventually gained its footing. The Vita, while currently not doing so hot, still has great potential so as long as Sony doesn't given up on it (which they won't since they really pushed for the PSP and PS3 to succeed) then the Vita will be fine, just no where near the success of the 3DS. 

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

@Bl4KD37H I didn't get stuck with it even though I had plans to scalp it for decent profit.  If I didn't sell it I liked it as a birthday present and I had quite a bit of fun with my daughter on it at around Xmas so it was all worth it.

csward
csward

@Furwings @Spitf1re-us I disagree. Almost all the Wii's 1st party games required little to no use of the motion controls, save Wii Sports/Fit.

I love Nintendo, but I think the controller touchscreen will used much in the same way the GBA/Gamecube connectivity worked, which basically means instead of hitting pause to bring up a menu on screen, it will be on your handheld. Nothing new or innovative there. 

Also, after playing Nintendoland, I can say the controller is too heavy for long play sessions, has too short of battery life, and cumbersome for games that require to move alot (like the Zelda mini game).

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

@Furwings @Spitf1re-us launch has been slow? more like its been a freaking blood bath. Sure i'm sick of all the FPS games out there like the rest but the truth of the matter is that nintendo doesn't have a good enough library for its hardware. When post-launch your asked to wait for the "exclusives" and those exclusives are sequels as is....u bought nintendo's third paperweight my friend.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Furwings

Very much agreed, I mean the visual quality they were able to pull off on the Wii was amazing, so what more now that they're working with HD visuals? 

Also I'm with you their about the focus on the shooter genre. People say they outgrew Mario, well I outgrew shooters. That was something I loved as a kid but find pretty boring now. There have been only 3 games I've played this gen that involve shooting, Mass Effect, Dues Ex and Vanquish. 

Gotta love it when "hardcore gamers" bash things for being too "innovative" or "gimmicky" then they go around to bash other things for being "the same old thing" despite neither of the things they're hating on being bad products. Pretty positive if the Wii U was exactly what they say they wanted (simply a more powerful system without the GamePad) they'd say some BS like "Oh, but it's just a weaker PS4, what's the point?" 

tightwad34
tightwad34

@JusXice It's always good to have more options available. What I mean is smartphones taking away from the quality of the games being made for the consoles and PC and other handhelds.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

@JusXice smartphone games dont stand up quality wise,theyre designed to steal your money even when...no especially when theyre free. Companies that develop for consoles are concerned with creating the best entertainment experiences. On smartphones the developers only goal is to create a money taking loop and trap you in it...

csward
csward

@DeViLzzz @Tri-Enforcer Well, a Rayman game being a killer app is a stretch, but it needs all the help it can get, like a new Zelda or Mario game that shows off the controller's strengths.

179107199999
179107199999

@abHS4L88 @DarthLod agreed. Sony and Microsoft did try motion controls due to Nintendo and that one sony smash bros game it reminded me of this one game Nintendo made some years ago.And the Vita being able to connect to the Ps3 well Let's see.Nintendo had the Supergameboy,Gameboy advance player and some games where the Gameboy Advance could connect to some games.Sony didn't think of that Connectivity themselves but I admit they have refined it

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@abHS4L88 @racerxgundam @emptycow  

Its probably because the PSVita version of Senran Kagura was released last week.  The irony is the first Senran Kagura was released on 3DS and the first sequel is also on 3DS.  X-seed is also trying to get rights to release a DL version of Senran Kagura Burst on the 3DS.

Furwings
Furwings

@csward @racerxgundam @Spitf1re-usThe GameCube was not a paperweight. In fact I'd gladly put the best 25 games for the GameCube up against the PS2 or Xbox 1's best 25 games any day of the week. Sure it didn't have the 3rd party support to be most hardcore gamers's only console. But then again I feel sorry for anyone who only owned either a PS2 or Xbox or both and missed out on Metroid Prime, Zelda WW, Smash Bros Melee, Mario Kart DD, Resident Evil 4 (GameCube version was superior & PS2 came out over a year later), Eternal Darkness and more.

Furwings
Furwings

@racerxgundam @Spitf1re-us Well I wouldn't call it a  "blood bath" per say. However I will admit Nintendo should've had more than just a 2D side-scrolling Mario game and a collection of mini games in the launch window. I think they planned on Pikmin 3 being out sooner. Even still though a new Metroid or even the HD remastered Wind Waker would have boosted system sales. Also much better (and much more) marketing is desperately needed.

And by "third paperweight" I can only assume you're referring to the Virtual Boy and GameCube as the first 2? I would not be comparing the Wii U to the Virtual Boy and it will most likely sell double what the GameCube did.

csward
csward

@IanNottinghamX @JusXice Well...I'm not so sure about them wanting to create the best entertainment experiences, maybe once upon a time.

Now we have EA and 2k games having Pay-To-Win games heavily promoted like Madden Ultimate Team and 2k has a similar offering in NBA 2k13. Oh, and that's after EA tried to sell us one time use cheat codes that we had gotten for free for years and cutting features like training camp and fantasy draft. Oh and they both have been putting their resources into the " "My Player" mode, which IMO should be its own game because it's a casual game (like NFL street) and has no place in simulation football, but since they're spending most of their money on Pay-to-Win games and My Player, well I've been buying Madden a lot less.

It's like EA uses Madden as a platform for 3 different games, all of them mediocre, but we have to buy all 3. I wish I could buy just franchise mode for $20. Knowing EA and 2k though, it'll probably never happen :(.

csward
csward

@abHS4L88 @Bl4KD37H @DarthLod Just because someone is critical of Nintendo doesn't mean they're against them. 

Also, calling people unitelligent and uncreative because they don't agree with you is acting rude.

If you consider "innovation" shaking you Wii to make Mario spin around instead of pressing "A" like in the SNES days, then, well I guess you're their target market. Nothing wrong with that, to each his own.

FlameEmperor
FlameEmperor

@Bl4KD37H  What I'm trying to get at is that everyone keeps accusing nintendo of something other companies are doing. Where Nintendo's first parties are fun to play, Sony's first parties aren't worth more than 1 playthrough. Nintendo may make a lot of Mario games but at least there are varieties  of it. Try Mario's RPG series for example dipshit.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Bl4KD37H @abHS4L88 @DarthLod 

I don't recall ever calling you names, despite you clearly being someone against Nintendo (yes I know you own a Wii U which is odd since you stated they "haven't done shit in a long time." Also I didn't call Darthlod names either, I said his standards were idiotic/unrealistic, and I called him out for someone who constantly states that he doesn't give a damn about Nintendo yet we never fail to see him on Nintendo related articles. You're more understandable since you own a Wii U (apparently). 

Why do you resort to calling me sheep? Because I defend Nintendo? News flash, I'm hardly a "Nintendo sheep" considering I've only purchased one or two games of majority of their main franchises (only Super Mario and Kirby has seen more than 2 purchases for a grand total of 3 games). 

I love how you throw your opinion around like it's fact. If they haven't done shit, then why was Sony and Microsoft so quick to react to the success of the Wii, also the 3DS and to the idea of the Wii U? Why are their games consistently hailed as some of the greatest? They're doing lots of "shit" right now, sorry they're not moving at the ungodly speeds you want them to though, like you, they're human beings also, albeit much more intelligent/creative human beings. 

Mark_HD
Mark_HD

@Bl4KD37H Can you be any more ignorant? Wii U is failing because it doesn't have games, but that will be fixed soon once Nintendo starts releasing their hit games. You're probably going to eat your words when PS4/nextbox come out for $500+ without any worthwhile games/backwards compatibility and sell even worse than the Wii U is selling now.