Friday, September 12, 2014

Nintendo's Miyamoto Creates 'Pikmin' Short Film.

If you have ever loved videogames, chances are you've played one created by Shigeru Miyamoto. The biggest name at Nintendo has since the 1980's created some of the most iconic games in the medium's history including Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Starfox and Wii Sports. Now this genius of game creation is spreading his wings and moving into animation for the first time.

Based on Miyamoto's series Pikmin (dealing with diddy plant-like alien creatures) it will be a short 3D film produced in CGI. The short will be broken into three shorter episodes called "Midnight Juice" "The Treasure Inside the Bottle" and One Tough Day". So far the confirmed screenings are pretty limited- it will be screened at Tokyo International Film Festival and free screenings at select Japanese cinemas. The film will allow him to explore ideas he felt he couldn't tackle in game form.

There's been speculation over the past few years about Miyamoto retiring form game-creation or at least taking a step back to make room for a new generation. Could this be a glimpse at what his future may hold? This may well be a one-off so let's not jump to any conclusions just yet. But we're keen to see Nintendo screen it outside Japan to see for ourselves if Shigsy is as great a film-maker as a game designer. We certainly wouldn't bet against it.
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