Miyamoto on Nintendo’s video future: ‘We have never said that we will produce a movie’

He says they’ve already done some video

So uh, remember back in May when Nintendo’s president Tatsumi Kimishima confirmed that it would be making movies? Shigeru Miyamoto has something to say about that.

Speaking at the 76th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, Miyamoto stated:

“Video content is a really interesting area for us. Going forward, it is extremely important for Nintendo to move beyond the limits of game systems and make good use of its character resources in order for Nintendo not to be forgotten. Nintendo has a variety of characters. That one company has all the rights to so many characters is something that is recognized as unprecedented. To avoid any misunderstandings, we have never said that we will produce a movie. We have talked about our expansion into video and other areas, but we are not saying anything official about the details.”

Maybe Kimishima jumped the gun and announced something that wasn’t supposed to be announced? We all know that Nintendo is very protective of their IP (it’s been said a thousand times from independent developers, and Nintendo themselves), so maybe they really don’t have anything planned and are biding their time, creating smaller projects like the below Star Fox short and gauging reactions.

Miyamoto continues to speak to video though, hinting:

“What I can say is that video is one of the business areas where Nintendo is making good use of its IP. Three years ago I created an about 20-minute video content of Pikmin‘s short movie, and just recently I made a 15-minute PR movie for Star Fox Zero. These were made in association with video production companies. We can make video content by mostly leveraging the knowledge and capabilities of outside companies. For the production of those two short films, I was basically the only person from Nintendo involved.

Nintendo needs to make a lot more products, but when a company gets too big, it faces continual problems nurturing its employees. Besides video content, we have begun to provide Nintendo characters for theme park attractions through a basic agreement with Universal Parks & Resorts. By working on development with others outside of Nintendo, I am working actively to expand the number of Nintendo products. These projects will take time to bear fruit, but they are something to look forward to.”

With the Wii U basically behind them and the NX as their future, it’ll be a very unique time for Nintendo as they attempt to diversify.

The 76th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders [Nintendo]

Chris Carter
EIC, Reviews Director - Chris has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step in January of 2009 blogging on the site. Now, he's staff!