Star Fox E3 puppets

The Wii U is a solid little console. Not the best in Nintendo’s history, but certainly not the worst either. It soars across the middle, releasing a small number of fun and interesting games that only a relatively small audience might ever get to play. In other words, Nintendo has a perfect storm on its hands for generating a generation of underrated gems, cult-classics, and future “misunderstood masterpieces.”

Some games like Xenoblade, Super Mario 3D World, and Bayonetta 2 will certainly go down as universally praised hits on the console, but what does Nintendo “Fellow” Shigeru Miyamoto think about these more underrated titles. The legendary designer recently sat down with Game Informer to explain the underrated gem he likes best: Star Fox Zero.

I think personally Star Fox is a really fun game if you sit down and play it. I think, for example, an elementary school kid who plays it without any preconceived notions, I think it would be really fun for them. I think it’s also really, really fun for siblings to play it together.

You’ll get no arguments from me. I have not been able to dedicate enough time to the title yet, but what I have played has been a lot of fun. I see why some overlooked it, but I also see why it should not be so underrepresented.

As for his favorite game, Miyamoto has no second thoughts. He loves him some Pikmin 3.

Personally, I think Pikmin 3 is the most amazing game on Wii U. It’s probably one of my favorite games in the last six or seven years. I think that hardly anyone realizes that the multiplayer bingo battle mode was literally the best new multiplayer mode that has been created since Smash Bros. It is so much fun.”

Pikmin is the kind of game that you have to play maybe three times to get the full effect, but you know, people don’t have a lot of time, so they just clear the stage and just move on. Games are becoming more of a consumable product, and it’s getting harder and harder for people to let a game to sink in and enjoy leisurely.

Man, I haven’t used those screenshots in a long time. What a fabulous little game that was.

Pikmin 3 and Star Fox Zero. Any objections? I have none. Both are very indicative of the Wii U as a whole, solid games loaded with new and risky design choices that don’t always pay off. They are the perfect embodiment of the console they appear on.

Neither are as good as Bayonetta 2, though. Not by a long shot.