We've all heard about Shigeru Miyamoto's continued involvement in producing Nintendo games (and the tea tables metaphorically smashed in the process), but it's rarer to hear just how deep an effect he's had on newer directors within the company. In an interview with Famitsu - as translated by Siliconera - Super Mario 3D World director Koichi Hayashida revealed that he hasn't just taken guidance from the games legend - he's kept some pretty thorough notes.
"About three years ago, I was instructed to be a lecturer for a game seminar," he explained, "and while I had the necessary know-how for developing games, I didn't know how to teach it [to others]... So that's when I decided that I should take points from Miyamoto's interviews and simply pass them along, and began collecting his quotes. That was about the year I was directing Super Mario 3D Land, and I also felt that it could be useful for my own work. After rearranging [the quotes], they became what's known as the 'Miyamoto's Teachings'."
The Teachings - which I'm assuming have now been chiselled into stone and placed in a lead-lined vault for future generations' benefit - weren't just useful for Hayashida's students, however - they directly contributed to the two games Hayashida's since directed: "It definitely makes it easier to find out what parts will be essential to the game's development," he revealed. "During the Nintendo 64 era, if there was a hardware with the Nintendo 3DS' stereoscopic 3D technology, and if Shigeru Miyamoto were to direct that game, 'what kind of Super Mario would he have made?' was the theme behind the making of Super Mario 3D Land".
"I believe that Super Mario 64 was able to be what it was thanks to its effective use of the Nintendo 64's characteristics. So I figured that with the Nintendo 3DS and its characteristics of easily grasping depth perception-a Mario game that uses 3D stereoscopic vision to give us a good representation of 'space' would be perfect."
Best of all, the Teachings are now a fundamental part of Nintendo's development culture: "they're part of the criterion used for proposals from everyone, including myself." Next, we predict every desk in the company will have a small, tutting Miyamoto hologram installed. For morale.