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Zelda: Ocarina Of Time and Mario 64 were the most fun games I've worked on - Miyamoto

Miyamoto enjoyed making N64 classics

Shigeru Miyamoto has developed loads of games since Donkey Kong but he's never had more fun than when making The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time and Super Mario 64.

Miyamoto told ABC that he still enjoys making games but it seems that bringing Zelda and Mario into the 3D era gave him great satisfaction.

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The Nintendo legend said: "I have a lot of fun making all the games, even surprisingly the ones that have a lot of challenges to solve or they take a lot of time to finally bring together into final form... Even those ones I have a lot of fun, and the ones where we have a lot of freedom to make the games, those are fun to make.

"But, I guess, thinking back, probably Super Mario 64 and the original Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. That era was the first time we were taking games and bringing in this new 3D technology, building the rules and the framework through which games would be depicted in 3D, I think, probably made those the most fun games to work on.

"In working with some of the younger staff members, and when they have a question on a project and say, "I don't know who to go to to find the answer to this question," I'm always the type that says, "Well, if you don't know who has the answer, then simply make the answer yourself." I have a lot more fun when we're making up the rules as we go along."

What's your favourite Miyamoto game?

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  1. oh dae su Wednesday 27th Mar 2013 at 11:35

    "In working with some of the younger staff members, and when they have a question on a project and say, "I don't know who to go to to find the answer to this question," I'm always the type that says, "Well, if you don't know who has the answer, then simply make the answer yourself." I have a lot more fun when we're making up the rules as we go along."

    This is the perfect phrase for creativity.

  2. widdlersbrew Wednesday 27th Mar 2013 at 11:50

    That's odd, considering they were two of the most boring games Miyamoto put out there.

  3. MatthewONM Wednesday 27th Mar 2013 at 11:53

    That's odd, considering they were two of the most boring games Miyamoto put out there.


    Oh, how shockingly controversial of you. Watch out forum, we've got a true wildcard on our hands.

  4. MartinIsAwesome Wednesday 27th Mar 2013 at 12:05

    The funniest thing about this is that Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time are still some of the funnest games to play!

  5. lazy_by_choice Wednesday 27th Mar 2013 at 12:37

    My top game has always been Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time...so its nice to hear that Miyamoto enjoyed working on it as much we gamers enjoyed playing it :D

  6. GloverMist Wednesday 27th Mar 2013 at 15:48

    That's odd, considering they were two of the most boring games Miyamoto put out there.


    What's this? A person with a different and individual opinion? GET HIM, GUYS! :wink:

  7. Argenthor Wednesday 27th Mar 2013 at 17:14

    That's odd, considering they were two of the most boring games Miyamoto put out there.


    What's this? A person with a different and individual opinion? GET HIM, GUYS! :wink:


    I think to prevent people attacking things like that, you kinda need to justify it a bit. Especially considering that those games are probably the most universally acclaimed!

  8. ChipsNGravy Wednesday 27th Mar 2013 at 17:16

    I can assure you Mr Miyamoto, you didn't have as much fun making them as we did playing them!

  9. Mr Roboto Wednesday 27th Mar 2013 at 17:20

    Two of my favourite games on my favourite home console!

    N64 RULES!!!

  10. NOM is NOM Wednesday 27th Mar 2013 at 17:41

    Despite playing Super Mario 64 on release and then again when it released on VC, I've never warmed to it and it wouldn't be anywhere near my list of favorite games. Ocarina of Time is a gem though, and I'm can't imagine the fun Miyamoto had working to transform the 2D gameplay to work in a 3D plane.

  11. Waldy565 Wednesday 27th Mar 2013 at 20:12

    Yeah, praises to the guy with the first comment, that was a great quote. Quite fitting as well, as I personally think Nintendo are the pioneering greats of innovation, they inspire me quite a lot in everything I do, or at least, their characters do. On a side note, I had to stop myself grinning like a simpleton when I was on the bus to college this morning, while playing Star Fox 64 3D. You see, I've never played the game, but it had that irresistible Nintendo charm that made it feel very nostalgic. And my favourite Miyamoto game? As much as I love my platformers, I love my RTS's more, and none are more charming and memorable than the Pikmin series. Miyamoto-san, keep up the great work, I hope your colleagues are inspired from you, and as your country men would say, domo arigato!

  12. Mmmyeah Wednesday 27th Mar 2013 at 20:38

    I can assure you Mr Miyamoto, you didn't have as much fun making them as we did playing them!

    That's probably true!

    By the way, your account picture thing is awesome.

  13. reeesy Wednesday 27th Mar 2013 at 22:05

    This is exactly what separates Nintendo out from the rest of the pack. Seeing that Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time are two of the greatest games of all time, this proves how much of an important ingredient FUN is in a game.

  14. K-tet Thursday 28th Mar 2013 at 11:44

    Two of the most fun games he ever worked on? Two of the greatest games ever made. See how fun links to critical success in this regard.

    As they say, the proof is in the pudding, and with these two absolutely brilliant gems, that pudding is rich in gaming elixir. Mind you, the Nintendo 64 was responsible for a plethora of excellent games, with these two featuring in, I suspect, everyone's 'Top Ten N64 Games' lists. I fancy Ocarina of Time would be top on many's too. Without doubt, Mario 64 is on top of mine. OoT strangely is 3rd. Guess I loved Smash Bros a tiny bit more. \o/

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