Miyamoto: Nintendo to introduce new characters 'soon'

Here's an interesting little tidbit, and definitely not something we hear about very often. Speaking to The Guardian, gaming legend Shigeru Miyamoto says that there's a 'strong possibility' that Nintendo will be introducing some new characters 'soon.'

Responding to criticisms that Nintendo has become too conservative in recent years, resting on their laurels and relying on established series, Miyamoto said that while he doesn't have “a big list of ideas I want to realize... there's a strong possibility that we will introduce some new characters to the scene soon.”

With that out of the way, Miyamoto doesn't think that Nintendo has become too conservative. “We need to continue releasing new games in existing franchises, otherwise those franchises might die,” he said. “That's not to say that we aren't interested in new games. It's just a case of picking a new game idea.”

We really recommend that you check out the whole interview, as it's full of interesting info and reflections from one of gaming's biggest legends, from his favorite games, to how he feels about the gaming industry in general (it's getting harder to surprise people).

And despite The Guardian's description of Miyamoto being in the 'twilight years of his career,' we hope he'll be with us for a long time to come, and that he's as creative as ever. He's the Mozart of gaming, and one of technology's greatest original thinkers.

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As much as it would be neat to introduce new IP's with Nintendo. I feel they really need to focus on the hardware side of things. The Wii U is looking to be good, but they really need to get the hype machine going with it.

Also 3DS Lite should be necessary. And if they can bring an IP that is as big of a success as the Brain Training/Nintendogs series were for the DS, then the 3DS will definitely sell.

This is how the DS became successful, two games that allowed it to hit new markets at the same time as updates hardware that was at a great price point (Which admittedly is more difficult now due to the Yen).

I expect the chances of seeing a 3DS Lite at E3 are moderate, if not this one then the next one.