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Miyamoto not directing Mario and Sonic
By Casey Lynch Mar 30, 2007, 14:54 GMT
What would a Mario game be without Miyamoto?
Nintendo confirmed today Shigeru Miyamoto is involved in the development of forthcoming title Mario & Sonic at the Olympic games, though he won’t be directing it.
"He's joining the discussion, it's a relationship - he's not directing the game, he's just there in the discussions. Mario is there so Miyamoto is there; it's a natural thing," said Nintendo's European marketing director, Laurent Fischer.
"When Mario is involved, Mr Miyamoto is never very far away. He's working on a large number of titles and he's delegating to the producer, but he's always there... The game is being developed by SEGA, but we are used to Mr Miyamoto going and following up with the team.”
SEGA UK boss Mike Hayes added, "Our teams working on it in Tokyo are unbelievably thrilled to be working with the most important man in videogaming; it's like a dream come true for them. He's certainly there and involved."
As announced earlier this week, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games will be released on Nintendo DS and Wii this Christmas. It will mark the first time the characters have appeared together in a game.
Shigeru Miyamoto is the creator of the Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Star Fox, Wave Race, and Pikmin video game series for Nintendo game systems and one of the most celebrated game designers in the world.