Miyamoto hits out at “passive” gaming, labels it “pathetic”

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In an interview with EDGE magazing (via CVG) Nintendo’s Shigeru Miaymoto has called a “passive” attitude towards gaming “kind of a pathetic thing.”

It seems to represent a shift in thinking at Nintendo of late, as the Japanese gaming giant strives to appeal to the “core” gaming market rather than the “casual” market that helped it achieve immense success during the last console generation.

“In the days of DS and Wii, Nintendo tried its best to expand the gaming population,” said Miyamoto. “[These are] the sort of people who, for example, might want to watch a movie. They might want to go to Disneyland, [t]heir attitude is, ‘OK, I am the customer. You are supposed to entertain me'” he added.

Nintendo has recently made steps towards a more “core” or traditional experience with the Wii U, releasing Hyrule Warriors in Japan, announcing Pokkén Tournament and publishing Bayonetta 2 alongside Platinum Games’ other Wii U title The Wonderful 101Hyrule Warriors helped the Wii U sell four times the software in the same period in Japan as compared to 2013 as well as creating a spike in Wii U hardware sales.

Miyamoto said of passive gamers, “They do not know how interesting it is if you move one step further and try to challenge yourself [with more advanced games].”

What do you think of his comments?