Shigeru Miyamoto doesn’t seem nearly as optimistic of a relationship between Mario and virtual reality as he does with the Nintendo Mascot and mobile.
In a recent interview with USA Today, Miyamoto said:
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.
I can attest to his sentiment as well. Some of my fondest memories are sitting in front of an old TV playing Super Mario Bros. 3 on the NES with my older brothers (guess who was always Luigi, yes, me). Mario, while not being the best multiplayer game out there, just has that vibe where you want to play with friends and family, and that’s not even regarding Mario Kart and Mario Party, which are the perfect party games.
I can definitely see where he is coming from with his statement, but that could very well change if VR changes much, which is does constantly due to its infancy.
Miyamoto also went on to talk about his love of bluegrass:
In college, a few friends and I wanted to start a bluegrass band, but we had a hard time finding anyone who played banjo, but it worked out OK. If you wanted bluegrass, well, we were the only band around.
Not that it has anything to do with Mario or VR. My family is just from the American county known as the “Bluegrass Capital of the World,” so it’s near and dear to my Southern heart.