Miyamoto teases "new franchise" for 2014

Mario, Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto says mystery project has been "keeping me pretty busy."

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Famed game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario and Zelda, has teased a "new franchise" for 2014.

"We'll have Mario Kart 8 out next spring, and at that point we'll have the whole lineup in place, so I think it's about time we brought out a new franchise," Miyamoto said in the latest issue of Famitsu (as translated by Polygon). "I can't give out details, but that's the title that's been keeping me pretty busy lately."

A new and original game from Miyamoto was first revealed in January 2012, when the Associated Press reported that the designer was at work on an "undisclosed original title."

Miyamoto's most recently released title was March's Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon for the 3DS. He is currently working on Wii U game Pikmin 3, due to launch August 4.

The designer turns 61 this year, and said in March that it would be "strange" not to be thinking about retirement, though he has no immediate plans to step down from his post.

Discussion

418 comments
BigDumbSpoonman
BigDumbSpoonman

The main character is Reggie. It's called "Wii Want U: My Body is Ready."

raziel2kain
raziel2kain

the mystery revealed:

super street fighter 4: wiiu edition  !!!

179107199999
179107199999

wouldn't it be cool if  Hironobu Sakaguchi and Shigeru Miyamoto had another collaboration? That'd be pretty legendary....

Gargus
Gargus

Oh boy. I cant wait cause his last creations steel diver, and wii music were such awesome games!

Lakersblood
Lakersblood

Looks like Donkey Kong Racing is coming to life.....remember that GameCube game that never was made? Lol who knows. Just enjoy the wait :)

snova9308
snova9308

my money is on the "new franchise" has atleast one nintendo character (example: mario) in it.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

They really do need a new metroid after the abysmal Metroid Other M game Ugh...

OldKye
OldKye

If he comes out with something that's half as fun as IP's he's done in the past this could sell Wii-U's I'm sorry but this is one of the few people who can sell a whole system.

Arsonaire
Arsonaire

Miyamoto is one of the pillars in the foundation of the gaming world we experience as of now. Don't see excitement in gaming community for this? Pessimism alert!

Arsonaire
Arsonaire

If it's a killer then Metroid & this would storm sell WiiU's.

noandno
noandno

Super Cat Mario maybe?

bigmikeOK
bigmikeOK

I'm going to agree with others who've stated that if having a new intellectual property is a major news story for your company then things are probably at least less then perfect. The idea that a new IP is going to have a major effect on their position in this next gen race is probably not the case unless it's a Halo type game changer. Those come once in a blue moon. Nintendo needs to fix these dry spells of software and lack of advertisement and information (a co-worker of mine thought the Wii U was some type of add on for the Wii just two days ago) if they hope to survive against Sony and Microsoft not just working on a  new IP.

Xyllix
Xyllix

Resident evil 6.

LordelX
LordelX

Racing: Mario Kart, F- Zero, Exicite (bike, truck, bot)

Space Shooter: Starfox

Action Platformers 2D: New Super Mario Bros. , Kirby, Donkey Kong Country

Action Platformers 3D: Super Mario 3D ( 64, Sunshine, Galaxy )

RPG: Paper Mario , Xenoblade (franchise owned by Nintendo), Pokemon

RPG Life Sim: Animal Crossing

RPG Turn based Strategy: Fire Emblem

Real Time Strategy: Pikmin, Batallion Wars

Survival Horror: Eternal Darkness (franchise owned by Nintendo), Luigi's Mansion?

Fighting: Smash Brothers

Adventure: Zelda, Metriod

First Person Shooter/Adventure: Metriod Prime

Sports: Wii Sports, Mario Sports, Punch Out, Wii Fit

Party: Mario Party, Wii Party

Looks like Nintendo's got all their bases covered. Except Call of Duty. Yup, must be a Call of Duty clone. Starring Mario. Sweet.

bkohary
bkohary

Super Crash Bros

Drive a Mario Kart into a brick wall and using the tablet, draw a chalk outline around the corpse.

bkohary
bkohary

Game Console Dev Story? A game where you have to design a console that people want to buy. 

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

I wonder what type of game it will be.... I wouldn't mind a crossing of two styles. deff needs some strategy.... but I mean theres pikiman, so maybe some shooting.. or rpg elements...? platformer? yea little bit of everything lol.

Kakashi_101
Kakashi_101

When 'a' new IP for a 'new' console is big news, you know you're doing something wrong.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

This will stop making me be so critical of Nintendo. I want new IPs from their amazing talent. That is what will make me happy. I am burnt on Mario and Zelda (as much as I love them).

Mugzippit
Mugzippit

@snova9308 That would be a new series within an existing franchise. Nintendo has never been confusing about which franchises their games are part of.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@xeoneex66 Or, let that game have another hiatus so Nintendo can think about what they need to do. Metroid is similar to that of the Black Eyed Peas career in that they are having their second hiatus after certain bad years.

orthodox1976
orthodox1976

@OldKye You're absolutely correct. When they finally drop the Zelda and Metroid for the Wii-U I'll be in line getting one.

I've poked fun at them here and there, but I have enjoyed Zelda, Metroid and Mario games since the gold cartridges.

19James89
19James89

@Arsonaire People are not interested in games like Pikmin, they're interested in generic first and third person shooters and sports games. That's just the way the gaming industry has gone (for better or worse, you decide...)

Andrew1073
Andrew1073

@bigmikeOK Everyone needs to stop thinking of Wii U as 'in the next gen race'.  It's its own thing.  It's like the accomplished actor who only does the movies that they want to. 

constrictor14
constrictor14

@LordelX I would LOVE a new F-Zero game.  Next year is going to be great for the Wii U.  Once the games arrive, I wonder if they'll start selling more consoles?

Zaledo
Zaledo

@Kakashi_101 Yeah, because it's not like Miyamoto is one of if not the largest pillar in video game design ever.

constrictor14
constrictor14

@Kakashi_101 Should we get excited for Call of Duty 8, Battlefield 6, Grand Theft Auto 20, Madden Money Grab 2096?

Why not get excited about a new IP.  Heavy Rain was a new IP and it was amazing.  Dead Space, new amazing (although slightly under-appreciated)...

This could be a great game, I'm hoping so.

xcollector
xcollector

@Kakashi_101 I don't get it. If Sony announced a new ip for the PS4 wouldn't that be big news? Same goes for Microsoft. A new IP is always big news, especially for a new console. Unless you like to buy new consoles to only play old franchises.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Mkeegs79 

Although if this new IP turns out to be amazing (no doubt it will be) but sells horrible, then absolutely no one has a right to complain because this is a trend I've been seeing with Nintendo (and even other developers), put out new stuff or games that apparently the "gamer wants" and see it bomb or sell mildly well, then when the games that "gamers" constantly say they're sick of and hate comes out, it's a chart topper. 

19James89
19James89

@orthodox1976 Don't forget they've got Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and Soft Monolith's X and Fire Embelm are still to come. The Wii U in 2014/2015 will have some amazing software on it and I cannot wait to play that software. These are games that Sony and Microsoft can only dream of releasing...

Arsonaire
Arsonaire

@19James89 @Arsonaire Haha. Hint of truth there but people are still waiting for more awesomness. With this news, I feel everyone is over assuming Nintendo's sense of 'lack'.

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@xcollector 

Also considering that every major new IP that Miyamoto has put out has been universally well received and goes on to be a successful franchise, that alone makes his announcement newsworthy. 

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

@abHS4L88 @Mkeegs79 You mean like Wii Music that was trash and sold horribly? Other developers have done an incredible job with new IP and they have mostly all been in demand, even right now with The Division and Watch Dogs. Two games that people want the most.

Arsonaire
Arsonaire

@19James89 @Arsonaire Me too. Gamers do like changes. It is just that there are some gameplay mechanics & gaming context that we can't get enough of. This is the reason the likes of Mario & Zelda gets 'repeated' in fresh ways. In fact it's quite frustrating to see some game series not being fully juiced out. Viewtiful Joe is one name that pops up for me.

19James89
19James89

@Arsonaire @19James89 Nintendo have been around long enough to know that gamers don't really like change. They like rehashed games over and over until they get bored and move on. However credit to Nintendo who are constantly trying to put new blood into their existing IP's with new features etc. Pikmin 3 will be a unique experience from Pikmin 1 and 2. 

I am thoroughly looking forward to the new IP.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

@Zaledo @Mkeegs79 @abHS4L88 Who said its "super" innovative. It is more innovative than the software Nintendo has been coming out with. It is a bigger risk and more challenging to release new IP than it is to expand upon proven franchises or a sequel of more of the same.

The Division is innovative. It allows you to use smart glass and other devices to play with others who are playing on a console. Its more innovative than games such as Mario Kart 8 that is utilizing the screen as a horn. Most other studios have been taking big risk with AAA titles while Nintendo sitting on a pile of cash makes more sequels.

Zaledo
Zaledo

@Mkeegs79 @abHS4L88 Oh come on, like Watch_Dogs is a super innovative, totally new IP. It's a modern AC with some electronic gimmicks. It still looks amazing, but don't act as though a new IP automatically makes it innovative and actually "new."

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@Mkeegs79

You consider that a major new IP? While I have no doubts that Watch Dogs and The Division will be great, I'm tired of constantly seeing realistic looking games being the central focus which is why I'm excited to see what Miyamoto's coming up with.