EDGE - - KNOWLEDGE - Otaku clip­doc

This ten-minute ex­cerpt from French doc­u­men­tary Otaku is a nos­tal­gic look back at a mid-’90s Nin­tendo en­joy­ing an in­cred­i­ble wave of SNES-based suc­cess. The seg­ment opens with an in­ter­view with for­mer man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Hiroshi Iman­ishi who, while cheer­fully puff­ing on a cig­a­rette in his board­room, talks the in­ter­viewer through the his­tory of the com­pany. Then there’s a brief chat with NES de­signer Masayuki Ue­mura, who ex­plains what a con­sole is, fol­lowed by footage of a Mario and Su­per Scope playtest, per­formed by a game tester in shirt and tie and over­seen by a still-smok­ing Iman­ishi. But the high­light is a stroll through the de­vel­op­ment floor, in­clud­ing a stop at the desk of a 40-yearold Shigeru Miyamoto, com­plete with blonde Tele­caster and CRT screen run­ning Su­perMar­i­oAll-Stars.

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