Shigeru Miyamoto had plans for the (currently) last cartridge-using Nintendo desktop console. No, we’re not talking about the failed N64DD add-on!
Miyamoto, the creator of Donkey Kong, Mario, and much more, had an interview with Glixel, where he talked about a game that would have been similar to Minecraft, and that they should have made this project a reality.
There were a few experiments done in the N64 era, and the design was quite similar to Mojang’s game before it even existed. Why didn’t Nintendo move on with the prototype? Quoting Miyamoto, „It’s really impressive to me to see how they’ve [Mojang] been able to take that idea and turn it into a product,” which seems to feel like Nintendo wasn’t sure on how to convert the sandboxing prototype into a functional game. Also, the family-friendly Nintendo might have had a few headaches if players created… let’s say, genitalia if this game ended up as a retail product.
How different would be the gaming scene today if Nintendo would have completed Miyamoto‘s concept? How successful could have the Nintendo 64 been? Questions, Questions…