1985’s Super Mario Bros. is a bonafide landmark in gaming history, a platforming masterpiece that still plays beautifully today, 25 years after release. If I created that game, you’d better believe the damn world would know about it. But Shigeru Miyamoto, the genius who actually did make it? He’s embarrassed.
In an interview between Miyamoto and Japanese game designer Shigesato Itoi*, Miyamoto confessed watching his classic game on a high-definition TV caused him to blush:
Miyamoto: (looking at images of Super Mario Bros. on a large-screen TV) When I see this so clearly, it’s a little embarrassing.
Itoi: Oh, really? How so?
Miyamoto: Back then, with tube televisions, it was a little blurrier and the images weren’t quite so sharp. The places where we tried to fudge it a bit really stand out! (laughs)
Miyamoto’s perfectionist streak shines through again – little wonder he’s so freaking awesome as what he does, eh? Catch the whole interview here – it’s well worth a read!
* Little known (well, to me) Itoi fact I only just unearthed: while many gamers will know he created RPG classic Earthbound, he also invented the name ‘Game Boy’. Heh.