The moment I saw Shigeru Miyamoto walk out on stage at Ubisoft’s E3 press conference, I was ecstatic. It’s no secret that I have quite a bit of fondness for Nintendo, and so to not only see the company I work for collaborate with them, but then to also see Miyamoto himself help with the promotion, it was awesome. The game itself, Mario + Rabbids Battle Kingdom, looks super fun and I can’t wait to play it. Here’s a Eurogamer interview with both Miyamoto and Yves Guillemot talking about the collaboration.
Yesterday was Ubisoft Montréal’s annual assembly, and not only did Yves show up to talk at the assembly, but I also had a chance to take a photo with him (below), and at the same time tell him how happy I was that we were collaborating with Nintendo like that, and how excited I was when I saw Miyamoto on stage at our press conference.
Uniqlo has revealed its terrific lineup of 25 Nintendo-themed tees — going on sale May 19 — and I’m pretty frustrated because there’s so many I’d like to get, but I don’t yet know how I’ll get my hands on them.
I love this illustration by A. Melicart of Min Min, a character in the upcoming Nintendo fighting game ARMS. Via this tweet.
As Steve Lin wrote in this tweet, here’s a “visual history of Nintendo logos courtesy of a recruiting brochure they sent to interview candidates.” Absolutely love these.
The “gacha” mechanic — a staple of popular mobile games in Japan — is getting more attention in the West these days, in part because of the release of Nintendo’s Fire Emblem Heroes, and here’s another blog post on Gamasutra to help you wrap your head around how it all works.
Less surprising for the fact that it has finally happened than the fact that it took so long to do so, but the Maricar go-karting service is being sued by Nintendo for trademark infringement.
Time went a bit nuts this week with great Nintendo coverage, starting with an interview with Nintendo President Tatsumi Kishima, an interview with Nintendo Director Shinya Takahashi (with lots of fun Wave Race trivia, a game I constantly wish would get updated), and this piece about the Switch. And for a bit of fun, there’s this 51-question segment with Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma from Game Informer.
Great little video produced by Vox interviewing Shigeru Miyamoto about game design, and also giving a bit of history on his start.
If you were to ask me what my favorite New Year images I’ve seen shared so far, first up would be the Mother-inspired illustrated piece by Amelicart (pictured above, via this tweet), and then the Legend of Zelda illustration shared by Nintendo, below, which pays tribute to classic imagery of the original game (both below).
Accompanying the super nostalgic hype for the Famicom in Japan right now (mirroring what’s happening here in the west for the NES Classic Edition), San-Ei is about to release (out on December 23) a fantastic collection of Famicom-inspired stationery, as well as a tote bag. I want it all. You can already pre-order all items through Amazon Japan. Found via Spoon & Tamago.