Nintendo Creative Fellow Shigeru Miyamoto does not do interviews especially often, but he has given a lengthy and insightful one to The New Yorker, revealing his perspective on various aspects of his career, as well as some lighter details. Regarding the latter, he explained that his children never really played the “My dad made Mario!” card growing up, as they just didn’t really think much of it. His kids did enjoy video games though, and in fact, according to Miyamoto, “They played a lot of Sega games, too, by the way.”
When asked if he felt any jealousy over his children playing the competition’s games, Miyamoto said, “Not jealous so much as inspired to try harder, so that they preferred the ones I made.” In particular, the Miyamoto kids enjoyed Space Harrier and racers like Out Run in the Sega game library.
He then went on to share an anecdote about how his family experiences games today:
Now, the other day, I had the chance to play with my grandchild. He was playing a Nintendo game called Captain Toad, and his eyes were shining; he was really into the experience. So I could see how a parent might be concerned about how immersed their child can become in a game. But, in my game design, I always want to encourage a relationship between a parent and child that is fundamentally nurturing. I was helping my grandchild navigate the 3-D world inside the game, and I could see the 3-D structure being built inside this five-year-old’s head. I thought, This could help his growth as well.
Shigeru Miyamoto’s family has a healthy relationship with video games as a whole, it seems, including Sega games.