Miyamoto: Today's games "too long"

Legendary Nintendo designer tells CNN/Money that he's turned off by games' increasing length; drops Revolution hints.


The creator of Donkey Kong is sick of games--or most of them anyway. That's what legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto told CNN/Money in Chris Morris' latest Game Over column.

"There's not a lot I want to play now," the mind behind Mario and Zelda told Morris. "A lot of the games out there are just too long. Of course, there are games, such as Halo or Grand Theft Auto, that are big and expansive. But if you're not interested in spending that time with them, you're not going to play."

Besides pooh-poohing longer games, Miyamoto also bashed Sony and Microsoft's flashy PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 demos at last month's E3. "Most of what you're seeing are not even the first projections of games," he said. "They're just shiny computer graphics. They're things anyone using a computer can do."

Unsurprisingly, Miyamoto talked up Nintendo's upcoming console, the Revolution. "It's how we're going to use the technology that separates us," he said. "What we want to do is different, and we're happy with the road we're taking. When you have a Revolution, you're not going to have the same experience as you would with the other home consoles."

But while long on praise, the game designer--whose latest creation, Nintendogs, is taking Japan by storm--was short on detail about the Revolution. He did, however, echo Nintendo president Satoru Iwata's statements that the console will be aimed at turning nongamers on to the joys of gaming. "We asked ourselves, 'Why would a family need or want to have a gaming console?' The answer is what's driving development of the Revolution."

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