We've learned a lot about Nintendo this year, especially considering how private the Japanese company has a history of being. In a recent episode of the charity podcast Talking Games With Reggie & Harold, the former president of Nintendo of America revealed that the famous artist Kanye West once approached him and Shigeru Miyamoto at a past E3 to make a video game.
Here's what Reggie had to say:
“Part of it was talking about what he was up to. He was experimenting with a piece of video game content; he wanted reactions to it. He comes out and says, ‘I want to work with Nintendo.’
We had so many different projects at Nintendo going on, the possibility of doing something with Kanye just wasn’t there, and so I had to find a way to politely decline this opportunity to work with him. I told him, ‘Kanye, you don’t want to work with us because we’re tough, we’re hard. All we do is push for the very best content. We would not be the type of partner you would want to work with.’ And he looks at me and says, ‘Reggie, you’re exactly the type of partner I want because of that reason!’ It’s like, ‘Oh my gosh.'”
The thought of what could have been is perhaps an understatement here. Kanye West is known to dip his toe into a lot of different business avenues and I just can't imagine how this game would have turned out to be. Would it have been a music rhythm game? Or a simulation game about being a music artist and trying to make it big? Perhaps it would have deviated away from music entirely and be something completely left-field, quite like 50 Cent's foray into the video game market.
What do you think a Kanye West made video game would have looked like if he collaborated with Nintendo? Let us know by reaching out to us on Twitter @switchaboonews.