Random: Isn’t Miyamoto’s most famous quote his?

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“A late game is ultimately good, but a rushed game is forever bad.”

How many times have you heard this quote over the years? Twitter threads of people posting responses to game lag or even using it as a response to people getting upset about lag. It’s reached a kind of godlike status, as if saying those words has the opposite effect of saying Beetlejuice into the mirror three times.

These words are often attributed to Shigeru Miyamoto, the father of Mario, Pikmin, zelda, etc. – he’s pretty much the face of Nintendo. And the quote is often associated with the delay of Ocarina of Time. It’s been cited over and over in interviews — and he’s even discussed it with YouTuber TheJWittz — but do we have proof Miyamoto ever said it?

Javed Sterritt, filmmaker and YouTube channel owner Good Blood, dared to ask what no one has asked before: Where did the original quote come from?

This caused a little excitement in the Twitter landscape – after all, it’s about real gold coins! People have provided articles citing or paraphrasing it, or interviews with Miyamoto himself discussing the quote. But many have fallen at the first hurdle with no real source linked to the articles.

Another YouTuber, AllieMeowy, dug up an article by shmuplations that may have chopped up that quote and has since re-quoted it. And for about an hour, that seemed like the only true answer. Sterritt soon discovered that this was actually from a 2001 Famitsu interview that was only recently translated. However, the quote has been circulating regularly in English for some time (remember before Twitter?).

Then comes Ethan Johnson, who runs the blog The History of How We Play. He provided evidence that the quote could be a simple misquote. His first reply proves these words were more or less said by GT Interactive’s Jason Schreiber at a convention in June 1998:

This answer has since garnered a lot of attention, and Johnson has come back to it a few times in the same thread to provide more context. It’s like a giant, tangled web of words and timelines!

Thankfully, Johnson has compiled all of his evidence in a handy little thread in chronological order — with one more discovery since his original answer. In fact, it might just be an old industry buzzword:

Lots to delve into here, including a 2001 interview with Miyamoto where a lot of people likely started the Ocarina of Time Association. And indeed, it’s a thing that can easily happen. Sid Meier from civilization Fame was also misquoted – oddly enough, around the same time.

So there you have it! It was unlikely that those famous words were uttered by Miyamoto; Instead, the phrase could just be an industry buzzword that has been distorted and repeated over and over again. If so, let’s hope Johnson enjoys his pay for a job well done!

Does this discovery shock you? Let us know in the comments!

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