In a recent interview with
Kotaku, Eiji Aonuma, the current producer of the
Legend of Zelda series,
was asked what other projects he would like to work on. He has been
working on the
Zelda series for over 15 years, so one can imagine he
would be getting weary of the prospect. However, this doesn’t seem to be
the case. And when asked what Nintendo franchise other than
Zelda he would want to work on, he said that he certainly didn’t want to work on Mario. Why, you may ask? He is apparently ”
not any good at that type of jumping game.” He also said he had no interest in working on the Pikmin franchise due to the possibility of it ending up too much like a Zelda game.
Kotaku: What Nintendo franchise would you want to tackle next?
Aonuma: It wouldn’t be Mario because I’m not any good at that type of jumping game.
Kotaku: There are different reflexes involved there. What about Pikmin? There’s some similarities there. There’s a lot of exploration and a focus on figuring out the gameworld.
Aonuma: When I look at Pikmin, I feel like it’s something that kind of comes out of a lot of the ideas for Zelda. I think that is what happened with in Mr. Miyamoto’s head. If I made a Pikmin game it might turn into a Zelda game. Zelda is the main thing I’m really interested in.
Do you think that not being able to play a game well is a valid reason for not making a game? Sound off in the comments!