Game Industry News’ John Benyamine asks:
“We’ve had three New Super Mario Bros. games in three years, and obviously Nintendo hears the call, it’s becoming an annual thing at E3, ‘Where’s Mario? Where’s Zelda?’ And then you start delivering but now you’re hearing other questions… Is there a danger in using Nintendo’s IP, (Mario) too much?”
Reggie Fils-Aime answers:
“I would say categorically, no. And that’s because our developers, starting with Mr. Miyamoto and going through the entire EAD development organization, they understand the power of our franchises, and they understand that the only reason these franchises have the power that they do is that they have to make sure that each subsequent edition is unique, different and offers something new. They know that if they don’t do that, we’ll kill the golden goose that lays the golden egg. So it’s something they are highly cognizant of, and even the executives on the business side, we hold that IP very dearly to make sure that every edition in the series is foundationally sound.”
Fils-Amie’s answers was good. But “did his answer actually apply to Mario?” is my question. I talked to my brother, and he argued it did not.
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