Ico and Shadow of the Colossus creator Fumito Ueda stated — in an interview with LEVEL (translated by neoGAF member “darkwings”) — that GTA IV and Mario Galaxy failed to blow him away.
Talking about GTA IV, Ueda said that “the biggest problem with the game is the lack of innovative things in the game. The graphic style impresses, but not the base premise, which is exactly the same as the predecessors.”
Next up, Ueda discussed Mario Galaxy, saying that he’d heard Miyamoto took some inspiration for the game from Shadow of the Colossus. Ueda, of course, brought the space-traversing plumber back down to earth.
“Yes I have played it, it was hard to not to since it was rumored that Miyamoto-san was inspired by me. But I had expected more, that segment, was like the rest of the game not so fun as it could had been. I think the fans made a big deal out of nothing when they said Miyamoto had stolen from me. The thing I am critical over isn’t that they didn’t borrow anything that isn’t unique for my game, but that they didn’t make more fun stages out of it,” he said.
Ouch. More through there, if you haven’t already torn down all your Ueda posters and burned them in effigy.