Nintendo is widely known as a video game company, but before his passing, CEO Satoru Iwata stated again and again that he sees Nintendo as an entertainment company, and we’ve seen them branch out into other ventures in recent months. Iwata specifically mentioned film adaptions of video games back in June, and we’ve even heard rumors of a partnership between Nintendo and Disney.
During E3, Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto was interviewed by Fortune, and a previously unpublished quote from Nintendo’s top creative mind has just been released today. In the interview, Miyamoto expressed that he feels that video games and movies are very different mediums, but that Nintendo is “starting to think more and more” about adding movies into their strategy as an entertainment company.
“We’ve had, over the years, a number of people who have come to us and said ‘Why don’t we make a movie together — or we make a movie and you make a game and we’ll release them at the same time?’ Because games and movies seem like similar mediums, people’s natural expectation is we want to take our games and turn them into movies. … I’ve always felt video games, being an interactive medium, and movies, being a passive medium, mean the two are quite different.
“As we look more broadly at what is Nintendo’s role as an entertainment company, we’re starting to think more and more about how movies can fit in with that — and we’ll potentially be looking at things like movies in the future.”
— Shigeru Miyamoto
Nintendo has been more generous in sharing its IP lately, and we’ve even seen Miyamoto himself dabble in film-making with his series of Pikmin shorts. Should Nintendo take the next big step and begin working on films?