It is a common thing in this industry for different game developers, publishers and all other people to comment on other peoples games and most of the time they do play nice, Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto and Shinya Takahashi, who oversees the Nintendo SPD teams shared their thoughts on the popular building game Minecraft as part of an interview and I can confirm they had positive things to say about it. First, here’s what Miyamoto shared:
“I haven’t played it myself. But I have heard quite a bit about it. I think he (Takahashi) knows more about it than I do. But I like that style of game, and I look at Mario Maker as being something in a similar vein.” “Our hardware is the only hardware that you can do both the touch control and stick control.” “Maybe we’re meeting with them! Who knows?”
Takahashi also said the following:
“We’ve always thought internally that using the [Wii U] GamePad would probably make for a Minecraft that’s very easy to play. And, of course, if we were to do something with Minecraft on the 3DS, similarly we would probably do it where it would be easier to play and could probably reach a lot of kids. What’s interesting is that, in Japan, Minecraft is not popular in the way it is in the U.S. and Europe, so we’ve also thought that, if we were able to do a partnership like that, it might bring opportunity to help make Minecraft more popular in Japan.”
One of the points made that I like most about this is Nintendo would actually like the game on the Wii U and 3DS and do envision a way for the game to be played and enjoyed on the platform. They now just need to make the game happen and I think many of us will be very happy.