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Miyamoto: VR Is Not the Right Fit for Mario

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Miyamoto: VR Is Not the Right Fit for Mario

What would a VR Mario game even look like? Too bad we won’t be finding out.

Taking the stage during Apple’s reveal of the iPhone 7, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto revealed fans can look forward to seeing Mario on their mobile devices. With everyone’s favorite plumber making the jump to a new platform, the question then turned to just where else we might see Mario next. According to Miyamoto, the answer to that question definitely isn’t VR.

Speaking with USA Today following the Apple event, Miyamoto explained his feelings about virtual reality, saying, “I would agree that adapting Mario to new platforms is a key to keeping him relevant. But we want families to play together, and virtual reality (which requires players to be closed off from the real world) doesn’t really fit well there. We also like people playing for a long time, and it’s hard to do that in VR.”

The anti-social and play-time criticisms of VR are nothing new, and Nintendo has shown little interest in the new platform up until now. That said, Miyamoto doesn’t go as far as to say it will never happen. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that a mobile Mario game seemed just as ludicrous.

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