Supporters and players across the globe revere Shigeru Miyamoto as among the most well-known and revered people in the entertainment industry. Miyamoto started his professional with the Super-Mario studio in the late nineties, and he is now employed by the firm as a Senior President and an Associate.
It’s safe to say that during the course of his long tenure, the legendary developer has achieved a great deal, even the unexpected, like rushing to meet musician Kanye West at E3 around a decade ago.
Kanye and Shigeru Had a Brief Encounter
In the past, it has been said that the Donda artist and Shigeru Miyamoto had a chance encounter. In a conversation in 2020, retired Nintendo America Director Reggie Fils-Aime discussed how the pair had collided in an unforeseen clashing of media. Kanye West and Shigeru Miyamoto’s relationship has been retold by a fresh insider, revealing how West presented a sample of his project to the developer.
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Putting into the words of Donkey Kong developer, Miyamoto, Kanye West came straight up to the Mario exhibit at E3 2015 without any advance notice. However, he requested that an interpreter be there to facilitate the conversation. He then continued to demonstrate Miyamoto the concept for his videogame, which had the protagonist taking the mantle of the rapper’s dead mom Donda and flying to paradise.
In 2016, a teaser video and a soundscape by Kanye West were published to promote the project. Back then, Kanye thought that Nintendo would be most suited to help him realize his vision of a video game.
here's a little story about one of the funniest moments i had in games media:
in early 2016, i flew to NY to shoot an interview with Miyamoto for Star Fox Zero. it was a totally normal interview and then as we were packing up our gear, someone mentioned Kanye's new record.
— Zachary Ryan (@ZachariusD) May 5, 2022
Once the project was presented to Miyamoto, he described it as “quite emotional,” but the partnership never took place. The initial Super Mario Creator and Splatoon titles were both under development at the same time. Reggie Fils-Aime was the one to give the unfortunate tidings to the American Rapper as well as his ex-spouse Kim Kardashian at another discussion concerning the duo. Only One, Kanye’s video game dedication to his mom, didn’t take off, however, he figured out a way to honor her. Even the album’s title is a tribute to her.
Kanye West’s conversation with Shigeru Miyamoto wasn’t his first foray into the videogame world. He seems to have a long background in working with mediums. Kanye West had a concept for a video game when he was just 12 years old. When Kanye West revealed half a decade ago that he would be tasting video games like Silent Hill, Resident Evil, Super Mario Galaxy, and Sonic Colors for an upcoming album, the world was stunned.