Shigeru Miyamoto Feels An “uneasiness” about VR’s Lonely Qualities

No one can deny that VR is taking the gaming world by storm [Insert Virtual Boy joke here]. Whether it’s the Oculus Rift or Sony’s new “Project Morpheus”, Virtual Reality is definitely a big part of the future of gaming. Something that Shigeru Miyamoto feels could become an isolated experience. In an interview with TIME last week during E3,  Mr. Miyamoto shared his thoughts about Virtual Reality and gaming:

“As game designers, we at Nintendo are interested in VR technology and what it can do, but at the same time what we’re trying to do with Wii U is to create games for everyone in the living room, We want the Wii U to be a game system that brings video gamers into the living room. As as I explained last night, it’s intended to be fun not only for the person who’s playing, but also for the people who are watching.”

“When you think about what virtual reality is, which is one person putting on some goggles and playing by themselves kind of over in a corner, or maybe they go into a separate room and they spend all their time alone playing in that virtual reality, that’s in direct contrast with what it is we’re trying to achieve with Wii U. And so I have a little bit of uneasiness with whether or not that’s the best way for people to play.”

“So from Nintendo’s perspective, there’s interest in the technology, but we think it might be better suited to some sort of attraction style of entertainment, say something at a video game arcade or things like that, rather than something that one person plays alone.


The experience of sitting on your couch with your buddies while playing Mario Kart or Super Smash Bros. is something Nintendo want’s to preserve. And they should, It’s what they’re best at. As cool as VR is ,in the end, it works against what Nintendo is all about, bringing people together.”

You can checkout TIME’s interview here. What do you think about VR? let us know in the comments below!

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