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Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto Thinks ‘The Phantom Menace’ Was Crap Too

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chris-littlechild - March 8, 2016

  Shigeru Miyamoto is probably the closest the gaming world has ever come to a rock star. This uncontrollable, renegade badass is cruising through the gates of hell with no effs given, and always has. You don’t screw with a banjo-playing Asian manchild, after all.

Miyamoto, if you didn’t know, is Nintendo’s ace game designer responsible for Mario, Zelda and Star Fox among others. That’s given him a fair amount of cachet in the industry, as you’d expect. But I had no idea that the man knew his shit when it came to movies as well. Star Wars? The originals were damn good. Episodes one to three were a barrel of bollocks. I know this, you know this, our buddy Shigeru knows this.

Speaking to Game Informer recently about his favorite games and movies of last year, the designer said: ‘There were a lot of good movies last year. One movie that I would have to talk about is Star Wars. It was a movie that I was very worried about. I really enjoyed the original three movies. But as they started to rely more on CG and computer graphics, I gradually stopped watching the Star Wars movies.’ He added, Jar Jar Binks? Screw him. Whose idea was that? Whoever came up with that jabbering ballache should be shot in the scrote. Except, if I'm honest, I added that last part myself.

Enough said, really. The Force Awakens was great, The Phantom Menace damn well wasn’t. I’m right there with you, Miyamoto. High five, brother. The interview’s a neat insight into a creative mind, that aside, which you can take an ogle at by hitting the link above.   

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