A sequel to Nintendo's much-derided 2008 effort Wii Music could well be on the way, judging by comments made this week by the game's creator Shigeru Miyamoto.
The legendary Nintendo designer told Techland, "There's a lot of potential still in Wii Music, I think. Because we're going to change it up, a new interface is coming, and all of that."
The interviewer responded "Wow, I think that's breaking news, then" at which point no retraction or denial was offered.
Miyamoto also explained that Nintendo's famous plumber could make an appearance in a follow-up. "If we get more people to understand what's going on in the game concept, then he might appear in the game."
Many would argue that of all Miyamoto's creations, Wii Music would be the one that least warranted a sequel. Eurogamer's Ellie Gibson awarded the game 5/10, reasoning, "It's not clear what it is or who it's for. One thing's for sure: it's not worth forty quid."
Even so, the game sold well. As of January 2009, it had moved 2.5 million copies, a figure that's no doubt gone up markedly since then.
This isn't the first time Miyamoto has discussed returning to the franchise. In November 2009 he told Official Nintendo Magazine, "I think is still has great potential. And in the future there might be some developments. We may want to think about the possibility of making some improvements, based upon the original Wii Music."
We've asked Nintendo if Wii Music 2 is the real deal or if something was lost in translation, and will update if it responds.