Not long ago, Nintendo’s 81st annual meeting with its shareholders took place. On this occasion, Shuntaro Furukawa, Ko Shiota, Shinya Takahashi, Satoru Shibata and Shigeru Miyamoto were able to answer various questions concerning the business of the company but also to other questions about their favorite video games. Answers listed by Kotaku :
Furukawa (Nintendo president) : Super Mario Bros came out when I was in college, that is to say when the Famico (the Japanese equivalent of the Nintendo Entertainment System, note) was released. Even today, I still play games from Nintendo but also other companies. I mostly play titles developed by our studios, although recently I have spent a lot of time on the Hanafuda card game in 51 Worldwide Games.
Shiota (responsible for hardware) : Like Mr. Furukawa, I am part of the Famicom generation and I grew up with the NES and SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System, released in 1990). I’m in charge of everything hardware now, and have always been interested in the way things work. That explains why my interest is in games like Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (game allowing you to make your own car circuits and play them on your console, editor’s note), which I play with my children.
Takahashi (Managing Director) : I’m in charge of all of our Nintendo-owned games, so it’s hard to make a choice. That being said, the first game I was involved with when I joined Nintendo was Yuyuki on Famicom. It’s a little-known adventure game, but I have special memories of it.
Shibata (Nintendo Licensing Manager) : I like adventure games, and I just finished Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind on Nintendo Switch. At one time I liked to play Shin onigashima on Famicom. I’m the head of the licensing department, which serves as the entry point for a lot of video game publishers. These have a lot of adventure games that I like too.
Miyamoto (creator of licenses like Mario Bros, Zelda or Star Fox) : I tend to play games that I made myself, so I haven’t been influenced too much by other development studios. That said, the first game that inspired me when I started developing games was Pac-Man (published by Namco). From a creative standpoint, I find Tetris amazing. At the moment, I am addicted to Pokémon GO. I play it with my wife and it’s a pleasure to be able to play it with the whole family. I’ve been playing it for two years with my wife and my neighbors. The average age of Pokémon GO players must be around 60