It can be easy to forget sometimes that everyone loves Nintendo. Maybe not individual people, but no matter the demographic, the people in it just love video games. That’s why it shouldn’t be surprising that Kanye West, famed rapper / singer / songwriter / producer / fashion designer / all-around mogul, wanted to hang out at E3. And who better to show him around than the MC himself, Geoff Keighley? In the latest episode of Reggie’s podcast for charity, Geoff talks about the time Yeezy asked him to show him the ropes. You can check it out starting at 27:40 in the podcast. The story takes a surprising turn when Shigeru Miyamoto gets brought up.
In 2015, Geoff Keighley got a call from Kanye West, asking if Geoff could show him around E3. Despite his busyness, Keighley made time on the last day of the show for him and ended up spending three or four hours with Ye. They played the demo for Uncharted 4, for which Naughty Dog held up an entire theater as Kanye was running late. Then they played Street Fighter at the Capcom booth and Battlefield at the EA booth and tried out Microsoft’s HoloLens. Kanye told Geoff that he’d wanted to be a game designer growing up and that it was his original aspiration.
However, the best part of the story is when they got to the Nintendo booth. After hanging out for a little while, they went up a back staircase and ran into Shigeru Miyamoto. Kanye said, “Wow, I didn’t think you’d be here.” Miyamoto recognized him, so they talked for a little while and Kanye showed off a prototype for his own game, Only One, about his mother’s journey to heaven. Incidentally, that game has still yet to release.
There’s a second story that involves Kanye West, Reggie, Nintendo, and Geoff Keighley. According to Fils-Aimé, it’s a story “not many people in the general public have heard,” a private event that Nintendo kept under wraps. If this kind of thing is up your alley, consider donating to nygamecritics.com/reggie. You’ll help out homeless students and get a mini-podcast as a reward. Win-win!