Miyamoto Teases New Franchise For 2014

By Ishaan . July 10, 2013 . 10:00am

Nintendo’s senior managing director, Shigeru Miyamoto, reveals in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine that he’s been busy at work on helping create a new franchise.


“We’ll have Mario Kart 8 out next spring, and at that point we’ll have the whole lineup in place, so I think it’s about time we brought out a new franchise,” Miyamoto shared, according to a Polygon report of Famitsu’s interview. “I can’t give out details, but that’s the title that’s been keeping me pretty busy lately.”


While that makes it sound like a Wii U game, Miyamoto didn’t explicitly state whether the new game would be for Nintendo 3DS or Wii U.

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  • I’d like it to be Wii U because well… it needs help still. I can’t wait to find out what this new IP is. I am hype for it.

    • Enzo

      Also the Wii U will look much more appetizing with a new IP from Nintendo.

  • NightzeroAX

    Finally something new besides Mario, Zelda or Pokemon.

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      you trolling right

      • NightzeroAX

        If I didn’t include Pokemon would that still consider me a troll?

        • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

          naw just saying Nintendo only bring out Mario and Zelda and Pokemon is trolling.

    • OneOkami

      This really is the primary reason I do not own a Wii U and have little desire to own one outside of Monolith Soft’s support (and to a lesser extent, Pikmin 3). I’m quite satisfied with 3rd party support on competing platforms so a Wii U really only makes an argument for my ownership with 1st and 2nd party production.

      Frankly, I don’t think there’s anything “wrong” with Mario, Mario Kart, Zelda, or Metroid, but playing through those gameplay formulas with those same characters and those same universes over and over has grown quite stale with me. I don’t see anything wrong with Skyward Sword or Super Mario Galaxy 2 or Mario Kario Wii. They’re solid franchise installments…but I still couldn’t bring myself to finish either campaign or play Mario Kart Wii more than 2 (yes TWO) times before putting them away due to lack of interest and feeling like I’d “been there, done that” more than enough times.

      I’d really like to see Nintendo step further away from repeatedly iterating over their popular franchise and put more effort into new, more original ideas/worlds/characters. That would spark interest in a Wii U for me. Right now? Nope…

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        You do realize they make one Mario kart/Smash brother per gen? Havent you been following them for a while?

        • OneOkami

          I inherited an NES as a child and have since had every home Nintendo console released in North America (including a Virtual Boy) up until the Wii U. I’ve been playing those two series since their initial installments on the SNES and N64 respectively. Yes, I realize it’s typically one per console, but even still lets list what I’ve played over the years in Mario Kart’s case:

          – Super Mario Kart
          – Mario Kart 64
          – Mario Kart: Super Circuit
          – Mario Kart DS
          – Mario Kart: Double Dash
          – Mario Kart Wii

          That’s six installments all with the same fundamental formula (and characters for the most part). As I’ve said, there’s nothing “wrong” with them. They’re solid games, but for me its irrelevant that they’re all for different platforms, after six iterations it has grown stale for me. I played Mario Kart Wii twice and never desired to play it again. As you can see I didn’t bother with Mario Kart 7 at all.

          But Mario Kart and Smash Bros. are not exactly what I was talking about. I’m talking more about Nintendo iterating over and over on their established franchises in general and putting out very little original content that interests me in comparison. To put it simply, the diamonds that are Nintendo’s big 1st party franchises have lost their luster with me because I’ve pretty much had enough. They no longer appeal to me enough to buy a console for them and I’m quite satisfied getting 3rd party content on other platforms. You can try eating nothing but a few certain dishes you like everyday for the rest of your life but i’d bet at some point you’re going to grow sick of them and not crave them anymore.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Double Dash and 64 having the same formula is inherently wrong. Its a kart racer but they all had different game mechanics(Double dash had heavier karts for one) There are two kinds of game franchise, those that evolve the formula over time and those that hone and refine the formula.

          • OneOkami

            I strongly disagree. Sure there are are little tweaks to the gameplay like swapping the driver and the item manager, but you are not going to convince me it’s not still the same fundamental kart racing gameplay.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Different physics, different play styles, different courses , people like mario kart for that core fundamental kart racing gameplay.

            Its like trying to change pokemon from turn based battles to real time action.

          • OneOkami

            I’m really not going to argue with you on this point, but it sounds like you tried to argue against me on Mario Kart 64 and Double Dash having the same fundamental kart racing gameplay, then stated “people like mario kart for that core fundamental kart racing gameplay”, effectively backing what I just said.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            But how the game plays changes from along with other things and they refine the formula, if thats not what you want then its understandable. You’re not excited for Mario Kart. But others will. What you’re talking about is the NSMB series.

          • Suicunesol

            I’d excuse this man, guys. When you’ve lived long enough to have seen the series go through 7 installments, despite all the entries having their unique characteristics, you begin to recognize and grow tired of the series formula. It’s unavoidable. With everything. But it doesn’t mean the game has gotten worse or become low quality. It just means that you’re looking for completely new tastes. Your favorite food can be spaghetti, and you can have it with tomato, alfredo, pesto, curry, and all sorts of sauce and toppings. But in the end it’s still noodles with sauce. And after twenty years it’s entirely possible to have tasted noodles with sauce so many times that you don’t really want it anymore. But that doesn’t mean you should try to change what spaghetti is either, because the millions of people of the future and present who haven’t eaten it may love it just as it is.

            That is Nintendo’s audience. Mario Kart will probably always remain fundamentally the same because, despite it having a formula that is the same every time, it is nonetheless an award-winning formula for those who have not yet tried it or not had enough.

            Wow am I hungry aren’t I…?

      • Shane Guidaboni

        You’d really like to see it, so that’s what they’re doing.

      • biskmater

        Honestly, what you got there is gamer’s block, either try to find something you really want to play at the moment, or try to remember why you bought a game in the first place, I find that it is a lot harder to take the first step.
        Of course, you could claim Nintendo is just bringing back old favorites, and I could not say you are wrong, but most companies are doing just that, at least they are not shooting out an FPS every couple of months. I find that nintendo always plays around enough with the concept to keep things fresh, sure the basic template is kept, but that’s why its called a franchise.

        • OneOkami

          I wouldn’t quite say I have gamers block, but I admit I do not have the same level of tolerance for rehash as I used to. I still game on my PS3, 3DS, PSP and Vita a lot these days and it’s still very easy for me to become engrossed in a game experience if the experience is fresh.

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  • KingGunblader

    Hopefully it’s for Wii U. 3DS is doing just fine at this point.

  • Go2hell66

    just what the doctor ordered

  • Dede Ogbe


  • ChiffonCake

    New franchises from Nintendo are always nice. Looking forward to hearing more.

  • Wake

    A new Miyamoto IP. I can’t help but smile.

    Most of the new Nintendo IP’s have been more casual, or safe in a way. I’m just hoping Nintendo veers away from that and gives us something more epic in the vein of Zelda or Metroid.

    • Dede Ogbe

      If it’s a franchise 4 the WiiU i think they have to really.

  • fool

    Wii Music U

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  • PABLO Rapetti Perez

    Their last, should I say “Non Party New Ip ” was Pikmin or am I wrong?

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Technically that’d be TW101

      • Ying

        But TW101 isn’t being developed by Nintendo. It’s being developed by Platinum Games, and Nintendo is publishing it. That doesn’t count as a new Nintendo IP

        • PABLO Rapetti Perez

          Exactly, I mean internally developed and something with actual story. It is time for them to do something new, the first iteration of Pikmin was in the Gamecube days. I love Nintendo classics as much as anyone, but it is time for something fresh.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            And even if you mean internally developed the newest IP from Nintendo would be Monado. Fresh comes in different forms. Most prevalently in the form of Bel-Air

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          Nintendo owns the IP like Capcom owns Okami.

  • I hope we get to see it soon. I’m curious what they’ve been working on, especially considering that Miyamoto has constantly been telling people for the past month that new gameplay experiences make new games rather than new characters.

    If so, I would like to see them veer away from their casual/party franchises like Wii Fit and give us something different. There’s nothing wrong with those games of course, but I think they have enough of those. I want Miyamoto to stand true to his belief that new gameplay experiences make new franchises.

  • Tincho D

    Dear Lord please don’t be something like Nintendogs or Brain Academy!

  • Spirit Macardi

    While I’m certainly excited by the thought of a new IP, I’m also against the idea that new franchises are a constant necessity.

    Yeah, there’s a lot of Mario and Zelda games. At the same time though, those games are EXTREMELY well-designed precisely because there’s been so many prior games for the creators to experiment with and find what works and what doesn’t. Plus those titles are popular enough to be able to sell whatever hardware they’re made for, thereby allowing a greater potential audience for the brand new IPs.

    Plus, when it comes right down to it, I’d rather a company only have a few franchises that they take REALLY good care of, rather than one that has a lot of franchises that they quickly forget about (looking at you, Namco).

    • I agree with this. Nintendo makes Mario because he’s basically the face of gaming, one of the first icons you think about when you think of video games. I think of him as the Mickey Mouse of video games. You don’t get that kind of position easily. While perhaps it seems as though they make too many and they’re too similar, you’re right that they are extremely-well designed. Whatever pessimism I feel towards a new Mario game instantly disappears once I actually play it.

      And it’s not like Nintendo doesn’t try to experiment with their other franchises as well. We saw them bring back Kid Icarus after a long time with completely new gameplay. You might as well consider it a new franchise at that point. We also saw them experiment with Metroid with Other M. I thought it was okay, but it could have been better. It still shows that they are willing to take risks with their franchises, which is something that people oddly claim they never do. People just like to look for the bad in things instead of the good.

  • TruSpindash

    New IP from Miyamoto? So, what new hobbies has Miyamoto picked up recently?

  • subsamuel01

    FPS metroid game, with online multiplayer and ill have my dream game.

  • SirRichard

    You know they’re worried when they’re rolling out the “new Miyamoto IP” gun.

    I’m actually quite interested in seeing what he comes up with, and personally I hope it’s something that leans towards his older creations rather than the newer, more generic “Wii X” brand of game. Impress us with your madness, Miyamoto.

  • Hopefully it’s something they’re putting a lot of muscle behind and not one of their B-projects that, however good they may be, tend to just come and go.

  • Göran Isacson

    New IP for the Wii U, one hopes, since it needs a shot in the arm. And who better to provide than Miyamoto, I ask?

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    It’s been due for almost a decade really; but glad they are finally creating something new. Looking forward to whatever it is, I’m sure it’ll be great~.

    • Anime10121

      Dont hold your breath, Nintendo HAS come out with franchises in the last decade, it just hasnt been anything we (the “core”) gamers want. Need examples?

      Wii Music
      Wii Fit
      Wii Play

      • Hopefully this new IP is something we actually want this time.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    get aboard the hype hyped train!!

  • Monterossa

    Super Princess Peach

  • Finally! It’s been a while since I last heard of a new franchise from Nintendo, hope it’s something great! and who knows, maybe we’ll see its characters on the next Super Smash Bros? I highly doubt it since it appears there’s nothing confirmed other that Miyamoto is thinking in a new game.

  • Lucas

    Stop just making only “warm porkchops” Mario & Zelda there’s a lot of change.org petitions about lost Nintendo exclusives.

  • Lucas

    Stop lingering & limiting your creative imaginenation Nintendo,because you’re still doing it. Seriously.

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