Miyamoto finally admits: Casual Gamers are "Pathetic"
In an interview with EDGE Magazine, Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of all your favorite Nintendo characters, had this to say about how he feels now about casual gamers in general:
"[These are] the sort of people who, for example, might want to watch a movie. They might want to go to Disneyland," he said.
"Their attitude is, 'okay, I am the customer. You are supposed to entertain me.' It's kind of a passive attitude they're taking, and to me it's kind of a pathetic thing. They do not know how interesting it is if you move one step further and try to challenge yourself [with more advanced games]."
In the days of DS and Wii, Nintendo tried its best to expand the gaming population," he said.
"Fortunately, because of the spread of smart devices, people take games for granted now. It's a good thing for us, because we do not have to worry about making games something that are relevant to general people's daily lives."
He may look nice and cuddly, but I think Miyamoto is pretty frustrated with how things have been going with Nintendo and the gaming community over the past 3-4 years or so. It started with the end of the Wii era and now it's in full effect with the Wii U. The casual crowd that bought the Wii could care less about what the Wii U has to offer, they don't care about Nintendo either. So in what many have predicted, Nintendo is going to push for the core market again, something fans have been waiting for since the end of the Gamecube era.
So basically, this is the Nintendo we are going to see in the next few years:
I think Nintendo fans can be excited for this, in fact little by little, this is what the Wii U is really like right now already.