While the news of Zelda becoming casual from the mouth of Shigeru Miyamoto caused uproar, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata had some uplifting news concerning the Wii, E3 and a little about upcoming Zelda and Mario titles.
In an interview found on BBC News, Iwata starts by talking a bit on how they came up with the idea behind the Wii;
“We started thinking about people who weren’t playing games and asked ourselves why they were not interested. And why had some people stopped playing despite playing in their youth?
The solution was not a rush towards a high definition games platform targeted at the hard core gamer but remembering the simple pleasures of playing with family and friends.”
Iwata goes on to talk about the technical challenges of the Wii, the post-Wii future, and a little about E3 and Zelda/Mario;
“At this E3 we had to focus on software for the mass audience and software that will be sold in this year or next.
This one of the rare opportunities to reach out to mass audiences around the world.
In order for us to create a new Super Mario game or Legend of Zelda game that can cater to the strong demands of core gamers around the world it takes two to three years.”
It would seem that Iwata and Nintendo are reassuring the core-gamer crowd. While many of the hardcore gamers are hesitant to bank on these promises, only time will reveal what the Big N is up to.