Splatoon Initially Held “No Appeal” for Shigeru Miyamoto

Famed Nintendo designer didn’t see the appeal of the upcoming Wii U shooter (at first).

Posted By | On 09th, Apr. 2015 Under News


Of the many new concepts to come along from Nintendo, Splatoon is arguably it’s most unique. As a multiplayer arena shooter, it focuses on beings that have mark the majority of the map with ink to win. They also have the benefit of transforming into squids to quickly traverse through the ink, though enemy players can do the same and slow them down with their own ink in the process.

It’s an intriguing concept but one that didn’t really impress Shigeru Miyamoto in the beginning, according to co-director Tsubasa Sakaguchi. Speaking to EDGE, Sakaguchi said that, “[After] the prototype phase, we had all these ideas about the height, the ink, the characters, and the image of the character and the squid. But we couldn’t kind of filter it down to a final result that would result in a simple, fun game. And during this period, we were being scolded by Mr Miyamoto all the time.”

Producer Hisahi Nogami clarified exactly why. “He was saying, ‘I don’t understand. What do you want to do? There’s no appeal to this game.’”

Director Yusuke Amano added that, “We had the basics. And then we were like, ‘Let’s add the hiding [in ink] feature; let’s add jumping; we need height, because it’s a 3D map.’ And then we thought, ‘We need to be able to shoot up and down.’ And we realised we’d added all this stuff, and we got confused. We didn’t know what the game was about.”

That was until the squids were added and further polish was added to earlier builds, thus resulting in a game that changed Miyamoto’s opinion. Splatoon will be out on May 29th for Wii U in North America and Europe so we’ll see just how well it fares.

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  • carol argo

    I can see the appeal of the his game from Jupiter.imagine you are some one from as young as you can think the or WS old as you can think them.now add pro gamer.who will win?can the 5year old become the number one?in this game ?hell,ya.what about that 80 year old grand ma at the hospice?hell ya she can be number one .often age barrier is one eck of a barrier .but in this game?grand ma can wip the 8year old without mercy and both will likely laugh.I don’t know many game that has this age range .usually its rated adult this one is so ridiculous it take a few second to get the point.its too simple (like chess)don’t sweat it ,this game alone should sell ton of console and likely amibo stupidity will likely also be at the party ya its been a long time since Nintendo came up with such a gem.and gees its WELCOME


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