The Official Nintendo Magazine‘s website is reporting that in the new segment of “Iwata Asks”, Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto states that the recent The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword took six months to make and another six polishing the game. Satoru Iwata agrees, stating that if the company saw profits as their only goal, he would have ordered the company to make a new game for the holiday season they would have, but it wouldn’t have had the extra fine-tuning that the finished version we have now does.
In another article, Shigeru Miyamoto also explains how he was against the idea of Kart customisation in the upcoming Mario Kart 7. He felt that adding the feature would take away from the core of the series, so he only allowed the studio staff to as long as the core gameplay remained untouched and that it was made on top of a solid control and gameplay foundation. He did note that the hang-gliding wasn’t that realistic, but that it felt good in action. In terms of the name, apparently it caused a lot of grief for Nintendo. Their decision was based on it being the 7th game in the series and the number 7 being a lucky number.