Shigeru Miyamoto Retires from Current Position at Nintendo

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The world’s most widely accepted influential and creative game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, has confusingly announced through an interview with Chris Kohler at Wired that, his involvement with Nintendo is changing. But let us tell you in short; Miyamoto is not leaving Nintendo. It would seem, he is instead stepping down from his current involvement with Nintendo’s larger titles to focus on smaller personal development projects, on his own and/or with a new generation of Nintendo staff.

The revealing interview brings the possible news that all Nintendo gamers have been dreading. Miyamoto is largely recognized to be the man that made Nintendo with his games that sold the world over. Titles such as Donkey Kong, Mario, Zelda, and many others that defined a generation. It will be interesting to see Nintendo’s share price in the coming days.

Here’s the important Miyamoto quotes from the interview:

“Inside our office, I’ve been recently declaring, I’m going to retire, I’m going to retire. I’m not saying that I’m going to retire from game development altogether. What I mean by retiring is, retiring from my current position.”

“What I really want to do is be in the forefront of game development once again myself. Probably working on a smaller project with even younger developers. Or I might be interested in making something that I can make myself, by myself. Something really small. In other words, I’m not intending to start from things that require a five-year development time”

“I’m saying this because I have a solid reaction from the existing teams. I was able to nurture the developers inside Nintendo who were able to create something like this or something like that. The reason why I’m stressing that is that unless I say that I’m retiring, I cannot nurture the young developers. After all, if I’m there in my position as it is, then there’s always kind of a relationship. And the young guys are always kind of in a situation where they have to listen to my ideas. But I need some people who are growing up much more than today.”

Since this article went live Nintendo have issued a statement:

“Video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto’s role at Nintendo is not changing. He will continue to be a driving force in Nintendo’s development efforts. In discussing his priorities at Nintendo in a media interview, Mr. Miyamoto explained how he is encouraging the younger developers at the company to take more initiative and responsibility for developing software. He attempted to convey his priorities moving forward, inclusive of overseeing all video game development and ensuring the quality of all products. Mr. Miyamoto also discussed his desire to pursue fresh ideas and experiences of the kind that sparked his initial interest in video games.”

Now, Nintendo’s statement on the issue seems totally contradictory to what was reported by the Wired publication. Chris Kohler (Editor of Wired) had this to say:

“Miyamoto’s comments as presented in our story are exactly what Miyamoto said, and presented with the full context of his remarks. We are absolutely standing by those statements as reported.”

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6 Responses to “Shigeru Miyamoto Retires from Current Position at Nintendo”
  1. You just new this news was going to come sooner or later. It was to be expected. But it doesn’t make the impact any less. He clearly still has a lot of enthusiasm in him for games. Perhaps, as his time moves on (like us all) he is aspiring to fulfill his own particular ambitions. For me this is the end of an era. He clearly won’t be as involved as he once was. But I would still say Nintendo’s future is very bright. Thank you Miyamoto, it’s been am awesome childhood for me. Thanks.


  2. Hamp says:

    Thank you Shigeru Miyamoto, it’s realy awesome childhood for your great game just like Mario,Zelda,Star Fox, pikmin and other! ^^


  3. jonezjea says:

    I am glad to hear that he still makes games. That is the most important part in my opinion.
    I wouldn’t like it when he left just yet. That would be bad…. but there will be a time when he leaves Nintendo and I hope then that they don’t ruin his series.


  4. NintenNoko says:

    Thank God he never left Nintendo all together..


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