Videogame guru tunes into interactive music

Thu Nov 13, 2008 7:58am EST
 
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By John Gaudiosi

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters Life!) - Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, nicknamed the "godfather of videogames," has hit a new note with "Wii Music," hoping to attract new players and fulfill his frustrated musical ambitions.

Miyamoto, the creator of hit games like "Mario," "Donkey Kong, and "Nintendogs," said "Wii Music" was part of Nintendo's original plan to introduce a casual audience to gaming with the Wii console, people who might not otherwise play games.

"When we created the Wii, we identified areas that would appeal to everyone in the household," Miyamoto told Reuters. "One was sports, another was fitness, and one was music."

"Wii Sports" is the pack-in game for the Wii console which is currently the most popular game system in the world.

Miyamoto launched "Wii Fit" earlier this year with a balance board so players can take part in yoga and other forms of exercise - then he turned his hand to "Wii Music," tuning into the popular music game genre that didn't exist five years ago.

For Miyamoto, 55, it was also a personal mission as he has always harbored musical ambitions.

For the past 30 years, when he wasn't creating the world's most famous plumber, Mario, or revolutionizing the gaming demographic with Nintendo DS or Wii, Miyamoto has been playing musical instruments like the saxophone.

"'Wii Music' has been an answer to my long life as a struggling musician," said Miyamoto. "The one problem I've never been able to resolve is that while I wish I was good enough to perform for people, no matter how much I practiced I never felt my performance was good enough."   Continued...