Not everybody was blown away by Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event, but one thing everybody can agree on was that it kicked off on a great note. The presentation started with puppet versions of Shigeru Miyamoto, Satoru Iwata and Reggie Fils-Aime doing a Tarantino walk to the stage, then transforming into delightfully fuzzy Star Fox characters. These puppets looked much better the typical faux-Muppets you usually see, and there was a very good reason for that. It turns out that they were the real damn thing.
According to Muppet fan site Tough Pigs, the Nintendo Muppets were actually built by the Jim Henson Company, and the intro was directed by Jim Henson’s son, Brian Henson. Now it’s really a shame Nintendo didn’t go all out on their game reveals, because getting the Jim Henson Company to make them real Muppets is one of the coolest things Nintendo has ever done.
Here’s that Muppety intro again for those who haven’t yet seen it…
(Via Tough Pigs)