Mario creator is “uneasy” about virtual reality

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Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo legend and beloved games designer, has admitted that Nintendo is interested in the rise of virtual reality gaming, but that he personally isn't convinced it's the most fun way to play

Release Date: 20/06/2014

Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo legend and beloved games designer, has admitted that Nintendo is interested in the rise of virtual reality gaming, but that he personally isn't convinced it's the most fun way to play.

Miyamoto told Time magazine: "When you think about what virtual reality is, which is one person putting on some goggles and playing by themselves kind of over in a corner, or maybe they go into a separate room and they spend all their time alone playing in that virtual reality, that’s in direct contrast with what it is we’re trying to achieve with Wii U."

"So I have a little bit of uneasiness with whether or not that’s the best way for people to play," he explains. "From Nintendo’s perspective, there’s interest in the technology, but we think it might be better suited to some sort of attraction style of entertainment, say something at a video game arcade or things like that, rather than something that one person plays alone."

Even though Facebook recently bought the Oculus Rift company, and Sony has been showcasing its Morpheus VR headset, it sounds like we'd be more likely to see a Nintendo VR arcade machine before we see the company developing a headset for its consoles. "We want the Wii U to be a game system that brings video gamers into the living room," Miyamoto said. "It’s intended to be fun not only for the person who’s playing, but also for the people who are watching."

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