Miyamoto on 'amiibo,' 'Zelda' and 'Mario' movie

December 18, 2014 8:39 PM

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The veteran Nintendo designer behind such landmark video-game franchises as "Mario Bros." and "Donkey Kong" is happy that after three years of sluggish sales for Nintendo's touchscreen-centric Wii U console, the Kyoto, Japan-based gaming giant is bouncing back, just like the famous springy plumber dreamed up 33 years ago by Miyamoto.

With the recent popularity of "Super Smash Bros." and "Mario Kart 8," as well as the successful launch of the "amiibo" interactive toy figure line, Miyamoto has a few reasons to smile.

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