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Mario creator visits Jim Henson’s workshop

Behind the scenes of Nintendo’s wacky E3 digital event.


Dennis Scimeca

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Posted on Jun 30, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 11:16 am CDT

The most imaginative man at Nintendo visited the home of some of the best creature creators in entertainment history.

Shigeru Miyamoto, the man behind the Mario and Zelda franchises, paid a visit to Jim Henson Studios to provide a look into how the puppets from Nintendo’s E3 digital event were created. The puppets were mostly an advertisement for the new Star Fox Wii U game, but they popped up a few other times during the event.


Miyamoto, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, and Nintendo of America President and Chief Operating Officer Reggie Fils-Aimé, were all puppetized. Star Fox heroes Fox McCloud, Falco Lombardi, and Peppy Hare rounded out the puppet show.

Nintendo also had the puppets on display at the entrance to the VIP section of its E3 2015 presence. 

Dennis Scimeca

Screengrab via Nintendo/YouTube

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*First Published: Jun 30, 2015, 1:25 pm CDT