Miyamoto Says Mario Isn’t a Strong Fit for VR Just Yet

Nintendo doesn’t want players to be closed off from their families.

By Jon Stevens. Posted 09/08/2016 17:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

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Shigeru Miyamoto recently appeared at Apple’s iPhone 7 event and made a number of interesting comments about the future of Mario.

While speaking about bringing Mario to new platforms, Miyamoto said:

“I would agree that adapting Mario to new platforms is a key to keeping him relevant, but we want families to play together, and virtual reality (which requires players to be closed off from the real world) doesn’t really fit well there. We also like people playing for a long time, and it’s hard to do that in VR.”

The comments came after Apple’s show, where it was revealed that a new Mario game, an endless runner, will be coming to iOS before the end of the year.

The idea of playing with some of Nintendo’s top franchises in VR is certainly appealing, but Miyamoto’s concerns do seem to reflect Nintendo’s focus on creating games that get everyone in your living room involved. Who knows, after creating Wii U games that focus on the GamePad, perhaps it makes sense that Miyamoto wants to focus on more traditional experiences for a while. In any case, it won’t stop us from dreaming about playing games like the Legend of Zelda in VR someday.

Would you want to play Mario games in VR? Share your thoughts below in the comments.

Source: USA Today

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