Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima may have called Super Mario Bros. "one of mankind's greatest creations" recently, but that hasn't stopped Shigeru Miyamoto from admitting that he gets a little embarrassed when he sees his 25 year-old classic running today.
Miyamoto was discussing the 25th anniversary of Mario with Earthbound creator, Shigesato Itoi when he said: "When I see this [Super Mario Bros.] so clearly, it's a little embarrassing. Back then, with tube televisions, it was a little blurrier and the images weren't quite so sharp. The places where we tried to fudge it a bit really stand out!
Whenever we work on the re-release of an old game and I feel like something isn't right, I'll ask someone, "It wasn't like this, was it?" but most of the time they tell me, "Yeah, it was like that."
Yet Miyamoto admits that the flaws are all part of the charm. "I think that if I were making that game today, I would fix it, but in a way those rough places are a part of the game and even well-received," he said.
Too right. He shouldn't be so hard on himself! After all, the Super Mario series is the most successful of all time and we picked his original platformer as our best Nintendo game of all time last year.
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