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Kanye West is a famous musician and producer who undoubtedly has a creative mind that likes to try new things. One of them was to create a video game about his mother’s path to heaven which he originally wanted to develop together with Nintendo. In fact, he proposed to Shigeru Miyamoto that they develop it together.
The thing is that Zachary Ryan, a former journalist from IGNassured that at the beginning of 2016 he traveled to New York to interview Shigeru Miyamoto about Star Fox Zero. When the interview was over and they were putting away the equipment, Kanye West’s name and album The Life of Pablo It came up during a conversation.
What no one imagined at this time is that Shigeru Miyamoto reacted to the name of Kanye, much less that he began to tell an anecdote about the artist. Through his translator, Miyamoto said that at E3 2015, Kanye West asked to have a meeting with Miyamoto to present him with the idea of a game and see the possibility of it being developed with Nintendo.
“He said that Kanye came to the Nintendo booth unannounced and asked for a meeting with Miyamoto, specifically at that time and place. He later said that Kanye came up with the prototype of a video game. In it you played as Kanye’s deceased mother flying into the sky while playing a soundtrack conducted by Kanye, “Ryan said on Twitter.
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
According to the former journalist, Miyamoto was shaking his head as he recounted it. Not because he thought what Kanye presented him with was bad.
“He was shaking his head when he described it, not like he thought it was even a bad game…rather in a way that he couldn’t believe that Kanye West was asking him to make a video game,” he explained.
After describing the game, Miyamoto paused for a long time before stating that he was captivated by the idea. Shortly after he laughed loudly, probably because of how strange the situation seemed to him.
“Then he laughed REALLY loud and said ‘Kante West wanted to make a game with Nintendo’ and then in English ‘Wow!’ and he gave me 2 thumbs up,” Ryan finished.
at the end of the story, he nodded and said “it was very interesting.” there was a long pause and he added “it was very moving.”
then he laughed REALLY hard and said “Kanye West wanted to make a game with Nintendo” and then, in English, “Wow!” and gave me two thumbs up.
— Zachary Ryan (@ZachariusD) May 5, 2022
Fils-Aime confirmed that Kanye West tried to work with Nintendo
It is worth mentioning that in an interview that took place some time ago, Reggie Fils-Aime, former president of Nintendo, confirmed that Kanye West tried to work with Nintendo on a project, but they had to reject it.
“We had so many different projects in development at Nintendo, the chance to do something with Kanye just wasn’t there, so I had to find a polite way to decline the opportunity to work with him. I said, ‘Kanye, you don’t want to work with us because we’re so tough, so tough. All we do is aim for the best content. We wouldn’t be the kind of partner you’d want to work with.’ And he looked at me and said, ‘Reggie, you’re exactly the kind of partner I want for that reason!’ It’s like, ‘Oh my god,'” Reggie said.
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Kanye West continued with his dream of making a game, but without Nintendo
Although Nintendo decided that it was best not to work with Kanye West, the musician continued with his dream of making a video game. In fact, it was in February 2016, shortly after Miyamoto told his story, that he announced Only One during an event in New York
“I’m working on a game for Only Oneand the idea is that my mother goes to the gates of heaven, and you will have to carry her keeping her on the path to the light, ”said the rapper when announcing his project.
Unfortunately, Onlye One has not yet debuted and seems to be in a limbo. From 2015 to 2017, Encyclopedia Pictura worked alongside Kanye West on its development; however, the studio parted ways with the project after West was hospitalized for a “psychiatric emergency” in November 2016.
What do you think about this new? Did you ever imagine that Kanye West and Miyamoto had ever talked? Can you imagine what it would be like Only One developed by Nintendo? Tell us in the comments.
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