That time Kanye West wanted to make a video game with Nintendo
It was 2015, E3 was still in its heyday and splendor, with great guests from all over the world. It was then that the rapper Kanye West (or Ye) went to where the Nintendo people were and demanded to speak with Shigeru Miyamoto.
Miyamoto said that Kanye showed him a prototype of a video game. In it, you played as kanye’s deceased mother (Where West), who flew to the sky while a soundtrack composed by Kanye himself sounded, “said the journalist Zachary Ryan, former IGN and Ubisoft worker.
This was told by Mario’s creator himself during an interview in 2016, where after someone mentioned the musician’s most recent album at the time, The Life of Pablowill remember the strange anecdote.
“He was shaking his head as he described it, but not in the ‘it’s a bad game’ sense, it was like he couldn’t believe that Kanye West was pitching him for a video gameZachary continued, adding that while telling him this, he couldn’t help but laugh at the impossible situation.
In fact, Miyamoyo, after finishing the story indicating that «it was very moving», he also laughed as he said out loud that «Kanye West wanted to make a game with Nintendo». “Then in English he said ‘Wow!’ and showed two thumbs up,” she explained. “I laughed so hard. What an absurd turn of events.”
This game actually was announced in 2016 by Kanye himself with the title of Only Onethe one that presented its trailer at E3 that year, although to this day it has not yet been released:
During one of the episodes of the podcast Talking Games With Reggie And Harold, Reggie Fils-Aime, former president of Nintendo of America, told a similar story.
According to him, at E3 “many years ago”, Kanye West visited the Nintendo area, managed to speak with Shigeru Miyamoto and somehowgetting after that to arrange a meeting also with Reggie.
“Part of the conversation was talking about what he was up to. She was experimenting with the content of a video game project; he wanted reactions about it. He came over and said, ‘I want to work with Nintendo.‘».
However, Reggie explained that the company had so many projects underway, that doing something together with the rapper was impossibleso she had to find a way to politely decline the opportunity to work with him.
“I told him, ‘Kanye, you don’t want to work with us because we’re so tough and strict. All we do is demand the best content. We wouldn’t be the kind of partner you’d want to work with.’ And he looks at me and says: ‘Reggie, you’re exactly the kind of partner I want for that reason’».
According to him, the meeting was “interesting” and He even confirmed that Kim Kardashian was also present. He further mentioned that Nintendo came away feeling that Kanye “has an enormous passion for the gaming space and is a creator.”
The story of South Park making fun of Kanye West began in the episode fish sticksfifth episode of the thirteenth series, where the rapper is a “gay fish” who doesn’t understand a joke and the chapter ends by going to live at sea.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone brought back this “character” for the second game in the franchise, South Park: The Fractured But Whole. There, one of the secondary missions, which is titled touch the sky, blatantly mocks the game that Ye had announced.
In fact, in one of the cutscenes where you talk to Seaman, he mentions that there is a “Gay Fish” that he needs help to take his mother to Paradise. The minigame is a kind of Flappy Bird but with a unicorn that has the mother of the fish on top of it (which would be Donde West), where it is practically impossible to lose since they constantly give you more lives.