At Nintendo’s 81st annual general meeting, attendees had a question-and-answer area to ask all kinds of business-related questions. One was so obvious, however, that I can’t believe it’s never been asked: someone just wanted to know what everyone’s favorite video games are.
Respondents included President Shuntaro Furukawa, Senior Executive Officer Ko Shiota, Senior Managing Executive Officer Shinya Takahashi, Senior Executive Officer Satoru Shibata, and legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto.
You can find your answers below. Don’t expect much that will be shock She – there’s a lot of “Well, I made old Nintendo games, so those” kind of answers – but Miyamoto’s in particular is pretty cool.
Furukawa: Super Mario Bros. was released when I was in junior high school, so I was in the middle of the Famicom (NES) generation. Even today I play various games in my private time, both from Nintendo and other companies. I play most of our own first-party titles, but I’ve played a lot of Hanafuda card game lately in Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics.
Shiota: Like Mr. Furukawa, I belonged to the Famicom generation and grew up with NES and SNES. I’m in charge of the hardware now, but I’ve tinkered with hardware and I’ve been interested in how things work ever since. That probably explains why I gravitate towards games like our newest product, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, which I play with my kids.
Takahashi: I’m responsible for all of our first party software, so it’s hard to choose one game over another. But the first game I got involved in when I came to Nintendo was Yuyuki for the Family Computer Disk System. It’s a lesser-known adventure game, but it struck me as the first title I was involved in.
Shibata: I like adventure games and I recently completed Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind on Nintendo Switch. I used to really love playing Shin Onigashima for the Family Computer Disk System. I run the Licensing Division which acts as a focal point for software publishers and they also have a lot of adventure games that I enjoy.
Miyamoto: I basically play the games I made myself, so I haven’t been influenced much by games from other companies. The first game that influenced me when I started developing games was Pac-Man, and I think TETRIS is wonderful in terms of design. I’m currently addicted to Pokémon GO. This game that I play with my wife is a dream come true to play a game with all my family. I’ve been enjoying Pokémon GO for two years with my wife and neighborhood friends. The average person who plays Pokémon GO in Japan is probably around 60 years old (laughs).
i would pay quantity Money to watch a series where Miyamoto (the host) walks and plays around his neighborhood Pokémon Go, chat with friends about love, life and game design. Like Nintendo’s own version of Comedians in cars having coffee, only with leisurely walks instead of cars, and Pokémon Go instead of coffee.
Just so you can see what some of the lesser-known games mentioned above look like, here ‘ Shin Onigashima:
And here is Yuyuki: