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The Man Who Created 'Mario' Once Had A Bizarre Request For Nintendo 64's 'Goldeneye' Developers

By Collin Gossel

In the world of video games, there are few names that carry as much weight as Shigeru Miyamoto. As one of Nintendo's early visionaries, he created genre-defining games like Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox, Pikman, and more, Normally, if Miyamoto gives you a bit of game design advice, you should listen closely. Everyone has their off days, however, and the gaming giant certainly seemed to be having one when he faxed the development team of the classic N64 first-person shooter Goldeneye 007

Martin Hollis, a member of that team, recounted Miyamoto's suggestion to the New Yorker:

…He once received a fax from Shigeru Miyamoto, the inventor of Super Mario, calling the game “tragic” and “horrible.” Miyamoto proposed that, at the end of GoldenEye, players should be forced to shake hands with their victims as they lay recovering in hospital beds. (The idea was never implemented.)

Gaming enthusiasts shared their thoughts on Miyamoto's idea: