What are your non-video game hobbies?

I guess my hobby outside of video games would probably be playing music. It’s something I have always had an interest in and I had the opportunity at Nintendo to start up a band with people I work with. We began with just a few members, but now we are up to 70-something people. We hold these really large concerts inside the company about three times a year and we also have the occasional opportunity for outside performances, as well. I really enjoy this because it has a very different feeling from developing video games. It’s something you work up to – performing – and you only really get one chance at it, so you have to make sure you get that right. It has a slightly different feel from video game development in that sense, so I find it very stimulating to have that kind of pressure.

What instrument do you play?

I really tend to focus on percussion. I enjoy the drums in particular. I like playing the bongos. You might notice the Goron in Majora’s Mask plays a sort of bongo-like instrument. I put that in there just because that is something I personally enjoy. It really feels good to pound out a rhythm, but I’m really not a musician at heart considering don’t read music. I’m not someone who is playing a long song or a particularly complicated instrument. Rather, I’m just sticking with what I consider to be the easy fun stuff like the rhythm section in this case.

When you play games for pleasure, what genres do you gravitate towards? Have any non-Nintendo games caught your attention recently?

I don’t play a lot of video games outside of work because for me video games are work. There are a lot of things I choose to do with my free time besides play games. But whenever I do hear about something interesting – if there is a new game that has a particularly interesting hook – that is something I will want to spend some time playing. But when it comes to genre, I definitely don’t specify one particular genre that I’m interested in. I’ll absolutely play anything in regards to genre.

As for games I’ve been interested in lately that were made by people outside of Nintendo, I guess one that stands out is Far Cry 4. I’ve long been interested in the Far Cry series and just had the chance to start playing this one, but I haven’t really seen all of the game yet so I’m just beginning to get into it.

This is only a portion of our chat with Eiji Aonuma. For more with him, including more about himself and even stranger questions about the world of Majora's Mask, keep an eye on the magazine.