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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Holy crap, originality from Nintendo that isn't branched from a 10+ year old series?!?!?!?!

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I wonder what genre of game that'd be. Swimming as a possible hint, though... I just hope the inevitable water levels aren't that much of a pain.

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Isn't it old character!? :( I first thought it'd be a new IP. :P

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Miyamoto's new character is... Ecco the Dolphin?

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Is the world ending...?

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it'll be wacky as hell and twice as awesome.

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I didn't see this one coming.. finally another character.. we've got too much of the same ones over and over again (most of them good games.. but still)..

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My goodness, someone from Nintendo is talking about making a new character! It's about bloody time!

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I still hold out hope that the NPC Pikmin 2 will be released for the Wii. It is finished and has been released in other regions...I would love to play that before Pikmin 3.

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Looks interesting. Something new would be a welcome change.

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