Nintendo executive Shigeru Miyamoto recently said that, while Nintendo will continue to focus on console gaming, they recognize that mobile is the more popular platform, which gives rise to games like the new mobile platformer Super Mario Run.

This was one of the talking points on
last week’s episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, and we noticed this marks a stunning shift in the way Nintendo sees itself. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts, or keep reading below for a brief, brief summary.

Alex remarks that Nintendo’s new perspective marks a tremendous change in the way they operate. Historically they’ve looked inwards and focused solely on their own vision for the future of gaming, while ignoring everything happening outside their own little bubble. But now they’re looking at what’s happening outside of that bubble and actively shaping their ideas for the future of gaming around what’s popular beyond their reach.

We’ve already seen how this plays out in some of their other endeavors, as the upcoming
Zelda: Breath of the Wild is shaped by popular open-world RPGs of the modern era far more than it seems to be shaped by its own predecessors.

Given that paying so little attention to the world outside of their own little bubble has been one of Nintendo’s greatest weaknesses in the years since Wii’s glory days—a weakness which in fact caused their bubble to shrink faster than ever—we think this change is a very good thing.

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Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: http://youtube.com/user/pokemoneinstein I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.

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