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Exclusive: Takahashi Critical Of Nintendo Revolution

Exclusive: Takahashi Critical Of Nintendo Revolution

April 19, 2006 | By Simon Carless

April 19, 2006 | By Simon Carless
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In an interview conducted with Gamasutra sister publication Game Developer at the recent Game Developers Conference, maverick Namco designer and Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi has expressed skepticism over Nintendo's next-gen Revolution console, particularly targeting the machine's innovative control design.

Takahashi commented of the Revolution, which has drawn widespread praise for its underlying concepts from other Eastern and Western designers: "I'm not really interested in it. I don't think a controller should have that much influence on the enjoyment of games."

He continued: "I see what [Nintendo is] trying to do, but they're putting such emphasis on the controller; 'Woah, this controller lets you do this!' and I'm thinking - are you messing with us?"

Takahashi, who has not yet announced his current post-Katamari game project or its platform, concluded on the subject of the Revolution: "So, there's nothing I really want to do with it right now."

Game Developer's full interview with Takahashi will appear in a forthcoming issue of the magazine, including more insight from the Namco designer, whose unconventional views, including comments in a BBC News interview that he was arguably more interested in designing children's playgrounds than video games, continue to be of interest to the game business.

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