Miyamoto teases new Nintendo character

Mario creator tells investors the coming year could see his first original creation in nearly a decade, says next Pikmin needs to be finished soon.

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Nintendo senior managing director Shigeru Miyamoto has created some of the biggest characters in gaming, including Mario, Donkey Kong, and Link. In a Q&A session at Nintendo's general shareholders meeting this week, the designer told investors he is looking to add at least one more name to his considerable resume.

Pikmin debuted on the GameCube in late 2001.
Pikmin debuted on the GameCube in late 2001.

According to a GameSpot translation of Nintendo's transcript of the event, Miyamoto was asked to share details on new projects. He replied that he hasn't had much time to slow down and think about new projects with 3DS development ramping up. However, he has found that deadlines sometimes cause new ideas to "glitter," so conditions might be right at the moment for something new.

"It's been nearly 10 years since the creation of Pikmin," Miyamoto said. "I think this coming year, it's about time a new character be created."

Speaking of Pikmin, Miyamoto also addressed a new installment in that series, something he first acknowledged working on at Nintendo's E3 2008 developer roundtable event. He said that development on the project is proceeding well, but he added he needs to finish it soon. At an E3 2010 roundtable, he reassured reporters it remains in the works.

Pikmin featured a diminutive alien stranded on earth, marshalling the forces of sentient plants to help him repair his spaceship. It was famously inspired by Miyamoto's gardening hobby at the time. Perhaps giving some clue as to his next effort, the developer said at the shareholder's meeting that his current hobby is swimming, and it has him very active working with youth in the community.

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I'd rather fzero or star fox on the wii, but then again its about time we got someone new.

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OOOO how about a blue hedg.... noooo...I got it! We'll have a spinning bandic.... no, no thats too obvious. Ok lets try a-

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One new character every 10 years......hmm..that's progress I guess.

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A new Nintendo character on the way is great news! Wonder what it'll be this time...

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Bring back Rockin' Cats.It was an incredibly sweet NES game from the old days.

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Donkey Kong (sure he's getting a 2D game) maybe Yoshie's Story 2. Luigies mansion 2 @DerrickDnaruto yeah star fox! and not that crap that was on the GameCube.

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Something similar to Solid Snake

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@ oozyrat those characters are a nice addition to SSB... but i will not be statisfied until Detective Washington is playable

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Pikmin 3DS? perhaps? :D

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Rockin' hair-do Ricardo!

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The man's a genius, I can't wait to see what it is!! (Hopefully they can appear in a new Super Smash Bros. next gen, along with some Resident Evil characters *looks at Wesker* and Travis Touchdown).

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i hope its someone/something mature...and not too short. and has a voice...and doesnt have to save a princess -.-

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swimming? hmn...

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always good to see new character and new games as a pose to the avalanche of sequels we saw at E3. (even if it is on the wii)

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Hmm....now I'm curious.

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Good to see Miyamoto not only being ambitious with new characters, but acknowledging Pikmin 3 has taken way too long.

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Yea they really need to finish Starfox up more than Pikmin

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How can you make a new character...when we havent seen old characters like from 5-7 years ago. (Ex.Starfox and Fzero)

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It's about time we get to see a new nintendo character from the great mind of Miyamoto, come into the scene and since it is Miyamoto we are talking about, then of course its going to stick around for quite some time. Brings me back to when Zelda and Mario first hit the scene !

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I hope his/her name is Super-Mega-Awesome-Badass-Ninja-Robot or something of the likes...

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It better be an action star to help save this console.

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It'd be great if it were as cool as Link or Samus, but seems unlikely given the fact that the last time they made characters that cool was over 20 years ago. I love the Mario franchise too, don't get me wrong, but we really don't need yet another ultra-cutsey protagonist like we've been hammered with since Pokemon.

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E3 2011 announcement or TGS 2010 announcement? Which one will it be?

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Unlike Miyamoto to tease his fans. Very interesting.

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ooooooooooooooo! MAMA MIA

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We've had Zelda based on him exploring his backyard. Chain Chomp based on an angry dog from down the street. This could be anything..........

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@krytorii Sega doesnt milk sonic, because his games have been subpar since the genesis. The portable games have been good, but not great, I personally like the sonic action stages in Sonic Adventure and Adventure 2, but the game as a whole was blah. Contrast that with all of the Main Mario Games being great...and the paper mario games, and mario & luigi games....most games with mario branding are good if not great. Pikmin 3 isnt in development...i think its bs, i think they were working on it and did like how it was coming so they scrapped it. I think they know pikmin wont sell that well, and that despite the hardcore fans it isnt worth the time investment. they dont like talking about it, and get annoyed when its brought up, not like they do with zelda. Im not hating on Pikmin, just my belief....for those looking forward to it, hopefully ill be wrong.

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Miyamoto is one of the best in the industry, if he comes out with something new Im sure it will be good. Until nintendo make NEW SHINY RECYCLED [insert character name here] AWESOME ADVENTURE 3 I like the way they did the metroid prime and the like, but they need to make some more characters. Sega doesnt milk sonic this much.

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I won't bother with pikmin 3 until pikmin 2 NPC comes to America.

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"fire-afro" heroine...lol

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Yes, while I am happy with my childhood buddies Link, Mario and the like, I've been wanting miyamato, who was once (and still sort of is) my idol, to create a new nintendo character... But, I really want miyamato to put his best effort into this one. It still has to be an original character that will be remembered throughout the course of nintendo history. IMO it should be a girl character. There aren't enough heroines in nintendo.

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looks like another character will be added to the future smash series

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Only Nintendo can get away with milking the same handful of franchises/characters over and over.

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WaBowser or WaPeach

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Oh dear... I hope the game doesn't involve swimming and "helping youths". That said, Miyamoto developing a new character is pretty much awesome. I have a feeling this one will be disruptive.

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Yesssssss :D Miyamoto didn't mention a new series .. He mentioned a new character ... now whether this means that this character is going to feature in an existing franchise or is going to be in an all new franchise is remain to be seen, but I think it is going to be a new franchise altogether since he stated that it's been 10 years since a new franchise has been released by Nintendo which means he is thinking of something new ... and most importantly BIG (like Pikmin, Star Fox, F-Zero, etc). I cannot wait for this new announcement :D

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Finally, the Nintendo characters are great but a new one is also good. Hope it's a great new character.

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Nintendo.....milking the same 5 characters over and over and over and over. It's about time for them to make a new cartoony jelly bean who runs around getting in misadventures. Oh wait...they already have a dozen of those.

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To be honest I was never expecting anything like Pikmin to be announced prior to its release. I'm only hoping that Miyamoto's next creation will be far more interesting and fun than Pikmin.

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Donkey Kong's wife, Martha Kong.

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@xXKINGPINXx Nintendo introduced a new character this year a few days ago infact Isa and Kachi from Sin and Punishment Star Successor.

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Miyamoto-sama is a genius I wish i can we do my writing on here.

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Miyamoto-sama us a genius

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Hopefully the new character can be just as creative as previous characters like Mario and Donkey Kong.

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Hopefully its as legendary as zelda, dk, and mario ;o

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It's a jackal!

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About time Nintendo made a new character :) this is Miyamoto we're talking about, so I'm expecting something really great from this legendary creator :D

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Tossing my hat in the ring...I think it will be a mermaid he said his current hobby is swimming with the young community. So perhaps its a mermaid who swims and communicates with other mermaids?

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@namdar You can use Gamecube controllers on the Wii too. Isn't it a clever device.

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