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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After all they announced at E3, we now get Pikmin 3 coming soon and a new IP from Shiggy and Nintendo. Nintendo's next few years are looking great!

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@zaprct oh SNAP! I wonder how the controller scheme would differ?

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@namdar the Wii plays Gamecube games :)

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Probably can't tell from the text but I'm really excited! Not even trying to guess this, his imagination is not something that's predictable.

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Olimar was a bit of a failed character. I mean the pikmin games are good, but they never caught on nor became popular. He is far from an icon. Hopefully his new character will be much more prominent in the gaming world. This may be the last one he creates, so he needs to create something special

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I should start thinking Nintendo often, my kid loves my ipod touch and he's only 2 and I'm thinking a 3ds with the touch screen for his 3rd birthday then branch off on to wii, heck I might acquire a game cube just to play metroid prime!

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Although I get the feeling that this original creation might be something more serious than we expect. After all, at E3, Nintendo themselves said that they wanted to work on "serious" games.

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@Yodelyfish Too right! I'm almost 29 and I much prefer the look of say, Epic Yarn or Skyward Sword. In a generation of games which seem to tout "no gore is a bore", I find it very refrshing and old school.

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jslip3: Rest assured you have a really poor view on gaming. Cute shouldn't have any affect on a game's gameplay. Look how awesome epic yarn looks.

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I wonder what it'll be...I hope it's blue. I love blue creatures. *thinks of sonic*

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I wonder where the setting will be at. o.o

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Score! The Smash Bros. team actually told the rest of Nintendo that they wished they had more new characters to incorporate into Brawl, and Olimar was pretty much all they had, aside from a new Pokemon or whatever. I'd just really like to see one that could get in a Brawl fight and win (unlike the Ice Climbers). Y'know, a badass series like Zelda or Metroid. That's when Nintendo shines.

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I sense a new character for the next smash bros! (assuming there will be one)

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I'm kinda curious about how they can keep these franchises going. Pikmin is pretty much only alive because of Brawl and Star Fox and F-Zero, among others, still don't any definite future. I'm half-certain Miyamoto isn't the sole director in the main branch, mostly because it's pretty much Miyamoto appearing in every major event; I first heard about Aonuma in 2005 for ****'s sake, so I'm still unclear if Nintendo's staff is big enough to sustain having 500 recurring weirdos... Well, more weirdos means more games. :D

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Shocking.

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Hmmm.... Interesting.

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We are going to be seeing another great character coming soon

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Nintendo making a new character??? This is unheard of! I thought they were only allowed to remake established franchises...Something must be amiss, but rest assured it will probably be something cute for children...

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Not hard to come up with a better character than Captain Nolimar or the Pikmins.

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@Gelugon_baat Okay. :P

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nice!

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@Flint247 (who suggested that the next Nintendo character should have moves like Captain Falcon's) Oh, heavens, please, I would not like another character that turns into yet another obnoxiously silly Internet meme. :( Pikmin was relatively free from memes and/or ugly spoofing (unlike Mario and other characters from his time and a decade after), and I am glad for that.

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"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." I had to do some heavy research on Mr. Miyamoto before writing this comment. Apparently, he does have a trend of making new characters based on his favorite hobby at the time. As for the new character, I don't think it will be an anthropomorphic animal, as it was mentioned he is hanging out with youngsters. It could actually be a non-animal humanoid a la Link, but looking back at all of his creations, there was one gap in the range of the characteristics of the major fictional individuals he has created: a character that is actually not of flesh (or plant, in the case of Pikmin). I once swam a lot before. My swimming friends and I all considered the feel of water enveloping and flowing across our bodies as we swam through it to be the greatest attraction of swimming itself. Thus, I would conjecture that the new character may be an elemental of sorts, like a water spirit. But ultimately, even the most experienced Nintendo fan would not know what Shigeru Miyamoto and his team is conjuring. Dude's alchemical prowess at crafting characters is too great for other humans to comprehend - << LINK REMOVED >>.

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The fun with Mario games could be achieved with another character just as well. Ex. Luigi, Bowser or even Peach. We don't play Mario games because it's Mario. It's the type of game that matters - and the humor of it all. And with Mario you will know that there will be fun. A new type of character must then mean that Miyamoto are thinking about a new game concept. But I don't think it will be a shooter ;-) So what will it be?

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Yay Nintendo is crap!

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:3 I hope it's something feline related!

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HOLYCRAPPIKMIN3ISCOMINGSOON.

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It's about time he tried something else.

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THUMBS UP if you're also real happy about a new Nintendo IP on the way. It's gotta be great; I mean come on, it's Ninty!

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It's been nearly 10 years since the creation of Pikmin ouch i feel old now :( i wait for that so badly :) BIG fan of pikmin since the first game :) hail to the white one(the pikmin) xD

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I had forgotten all about their being another Pikmin...looking forward to it again :P

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tricky-crazy Posted Jul 2, 2010 3:26 am GMT Finally something new! I hope his new character is a flying, ninja-octopus armed with shurikens in each tentacles. --- Granted, but it will be evil and will rule the world. So you have to destroy it in the end of the game. I wish that this new character was a Link's sister.

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Finally something new! I hope his new character is a flying, ninja-octopus armed with shurikens in each tentacles.

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Was a year or so late, but whaddayagunnado...

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I wonder if that means he will dream it up next year, or if it will be ready next year...

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I hope the new character is Albert Wesker... Oh, wait.

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A new IP for Miyamoto? Somebody pinch me, I must be dreaming!

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Look foward to see what this new franchise will be. Pikmin is really cool on the Cube though some say that the New Play ones made the franchise even better on Wii.

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I love you Nintendo. You always deliever when we need it. :)

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nice nintendo keep it up.......

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Nice hair Ricardo

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This could be interesting. ;)

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A new character? From Nintendo? Preposterous! No, but really, I hope that Nintendo starts doing new things. They really, REALLY need to. Because I love them.

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word up slash_out casual gaming is SUCH a bore!!! Even Mario Galaxy and Twilight Princess put me to sleep!!!

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I just love most of his creations. But lately he is mostly involved in casual gaming. Which I HATE with all my guts. So I'm not holding my breath his time. Even more so after reading the end of this article.

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Awesome, I can't wait to see what new franchise he can invent! And of course, I'm still excited for Pikmin 3! Hopefully that'll be out pretty soon.

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I'm still waiting for Pikmin 3...

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Will the character's name be "OVER 9000!!!!"?

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