We're mixing things up with today's episode. Instead of going back to Next Generation, we're going to recreate an interview with Mario mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto that was featured in a 1998 issue of Entertainment Weekly. This is Shiggy at the peak of his success, not long after the release of Mario 64 and just before everybody fell in love with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
As we all know, Shigeru would later work on Super Smash Bros., Luigi's Mansion, Wii Sports and dozens of other favorites. Although the influential developer remains a top player at Nintendo, there are reports suggesting that he's considering retirement. In the meantime, fans have a number of exciting projects to look forward to, including brand new Legend of Zelda and Star Fox games.
Les Paul died eleven years after this interview took place. We can only hope that Shigeru managed to catch the guitarist at the Iridium before his passing.
I want to thank Joe Drilling for participating in this episode of Interview Reenactment. You can catch his work over at OnTheStick.com, as well as his YouTube channel. I would also like to thank Shigeru Miyamoto, Mark G. Brooks and Entertainment Weekly.