In an interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu, famed Nintendo producer Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that he is working on a new franchise to complement the familiar faces en route to the Wii U later this year. Here is the juicy part with translation courtesy of Polygon:
“With the most recent version update,” he said, “the system runs a lot better, and while there will continue to be improvements in the future, I think it’s to the point where it’s a convenient thing to have in the living room. Of course, these sorts of updates mean nothing if we don’t put out games for it, and I hope people are looking forward to the games coming up. 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. I can’t give out details, but that’s the title that’s been keeping me pretty busy lately.”
While the quality of first party Nintendo games are rarely in question, the common complaints about Nintendo are constant reuse of familiar characters and the lack of new IPs. With yet another Mario platformer and the 8th Mario Kart on the way, some have grown a little tired of the italian plumber and the rest of Nintendo’s active franchises. New Nintendo IPs are rare so it will be interesting to see what they have in store especially since Miyamoto seems to be heavily involved.
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