The humorous anecdote about Mr Miyamoto was uttered in the last chapter of Netflix’s series on video games, High Score.
Netflix will premiere the documentary series High Score on August 19. This new series, which will last for six chapters, will deal with the history of video games and will tell stories never before known from the world. In its final chapter, among other things, High Score tells of the suffering of Argonaut Software, Star Fox programmers, caused by Shigeru Miyamoto and his addiction to tobacco.
The latest chapter of High Score chronicles the beginning of the relationship between Nintendo and Argonaut Software, and how that led to the development of Star Fox for the Super Nintendo. Dylan Cuthbert and Giles Goddard, former Argonaut employees, appear in the series, commenting that this agreement caused them to move to Japan and work in a Nintendo office. But the most curious thing in history is not that.
According to the ex-programmers, Nintendo set up a room for Argonaut in their own building, but they felt a bit isolated. “They never had anyone outside of Nintendo working there,” says Goddard. Perhaps that novelty would explain the hilarious story since the Argonaut Software room was the only one in which they let Miyamoto smoke. The problem is that the Japanese creative smoked a lot and got to annoy the programmers.
“Is he here again? It was something we constantly asked ourselves,” says Cuthbert. “We were trying to implement something interesting and he just started talking about trees or things out of place,” he recalls. But he admits that later they understood that Shigeru Miyamoto was a genius because of that: “His brain was thinking about all these different things at the same time.”
It seems that this was not the first time that Argonaut Software has spoken about Miyamoto and his addiction to tobacco, but they had never done so by speaking so openly about it. Of course, according to The New Yorker, Miyamoto gave up tobacco and pachinko (a very common slot machine in Japan) when he turned 40.
If you can’t get enough of Mr Miyamoto’s work, remember that Nintendo recently announced the release of Pikmin 3 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch, with its October 30 release.
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