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June 12, 2014 at 10:31 AM

E3: Nintendo icon Miyamoto’s L.A. casting call

LOS ANGELES _ Normally an old cast on a 12-year-old boy’s wrist is one of the least desirable things in the world.

That is, until gaming god Shigeru Miyamoto – creator of Nintendo’s “Mario” and “Donkey Kong” franchises – decorates the cast with his signature and a doodle.

That’s what happened to Rylan Daniels yesterday in Nintendo’s booth at the E3 conference.

The cast was supposed to come off today but Daniels was having second thoughts after it was signed by Miyamoto and another Nintendo icon, producer and designer Takashi Tezuka, creator of the “Yoshi” franchise.

“I think I’m going to keep it on for longer,” Daniel said.

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Daniels, a Los Angeles-area resident who writes for Time for Kids, was among 15 young fans given special access, including time in the upstairs area of the booth where Nintendo developers and executives meet with partners and press.

The tour included a session playing the upcoming “Mario Maker” for Wii U. After using the Wii U Gamepad controller to create a Mario game, Daniels played it with Miyamoto.

Daniels said “Mario Maker” is a new favorite game. When I asked if he also likes “Minecraft,” Daniels responded diplomatically:

“Those are my two favorite games.”

Here’s Nintendo’s promo video of the game, which I think will be a big hit when it releases sometime in the first half of 2015:

Comments | Topics: e3, Mario Maker, miyamoto

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