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Nintendo: Miyamoto Is Not Stepping Down

Posted by James Newton

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Shigeru Miyamoto is not stepping down from his current position as head of Nintendo's Entertainment Analysis and Development team, Nintendo has confirmed.

In an interview with Wired Miyamoto seemingly announced he was stepping down into a smaller role, but an official statement from Nintendo says this is not the case:

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.

That's that, then.

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User Comments (36)

Portista

#2

Portista said:

Whew...I thought we were gonna see some good games from him, but this shows even better games are a comin'!

gamepopper

#4

gamepopper said:

To be honest, I wouldn't be that upset if he was stepping down. The guy can't make games for the rest of his life, and Nintendo shouldn't rely on him for a final result.

NintyMan

#5

NintyMan said:

It sounds like Miyamoto wants to do something more creative rather than just be an advisor to Koizumi and Aonuma. If that's the reason, then that's good news. Miyamoto hasn't really done a lot in recent years anyway. I could see him make some very good little games for 3DSWare and DSiWare.

XCWarrior

#6

XCWarrior said:

LOL, I kind of thought it was odd. Probably be a press conference when he does retire.

thanos316

#10

thanos316 said:

i think its a good thing that hes stepping down into a smaller role. he can add some input into game development but let some fresh new blood take up the reins. he can maybe develop some smaller games. well hope he continues his hard work

JayArr

#11

JayArr said:

James your ability to find the perfect picture for every article is just uncanny.

Link79

#13

Link79 said:

well talk about going off half cocked.
Nice bluff Wired. Way to give the world a heart attack. :(
I didn't think miyamoto was done quite yet.

FonistofCruxis

#15

FonistofCruxis said:

It sounds like he's planning on making some more original games. It will be interesting to see what those are.

Rawk_Hawk

#16

Rawk_Hawk said:

When he does retire they should get him either a nice set of golf clubs or a Rolex watch

warioswoods

#18

warioswoods said:

More power to his apprentices, particularly Koizumi, is a good thing. I'll also look forward to his smaller projects.

Heck, I'm a big fan of Steel Diver, which is exactly the kind of off-beat yet simple and focused kind of gaming that I hope he'll continue to pursue. That and Wii Music 2. Make it happen!

aaronsullivan

#19

aaronsullivan said:

His interview was misinterpreted apparently. Looks like we will be waiting a long time for more interviews with english speakers then. sigh.

Funny how some people commenting here still don't understand what happened. lol. Some people saying they're glad he didn't retire (even the misinterpretation didn't say that) some people saying it's good that he is going into a smaller role (which this very article says is NOT happening). Funny.

My interpretation is that he was pining for the early days a bit and wants to extend his guidance to some of the younger folks with fresh ideas and cultivate more of that. (It got mistaken as he's going to stop doing his other duties and do that only.)

To me, it was good news either way (keeping in mind no one anywhere suggested he was going to retire as many seem to think), but I think it's a bit better to have him still overseeing the bigger projects as well.

DiggerandIndy

#20

DiggerandIndy said:

I don't think Mr. Miyamoto is about to step down. He's still got a lot of plans up his sleeve to retire just like that!

Scribbler

#23

Scribbler said:

Where did anyone get that he was stepping "down" to a "smaller" role? I interpreted the interview to mean that he wanted to be less of a businessman and supervisor and wanted to roll up his sleeves and get his hands dirty again just like the "good 'ol days".

Anyway, I don't see Miyamoto fully "retiring" any time soon. If it came down to it, he would simply break away and start his own studio just like Sakurai before he fully retired from making video games.

misswliu81

#24

misswliu81 said:

'Mr. Miyamoto also discussed his desire to pursue fresh ideas and experiences of the kind that sparked his initial interest in video games.' >>

i wonder if by this it means we will be seeing new nintendo franchises on the 3ds and wii U.

but yeah, stepping down from nintendo for good? i didn't believe that for one second. i think his advice and expertise will be a huge help to the young developers at nintendo. who knows, there might be a new younger games developer with ideas for new nintendo games.

Mikau94

#25

Mikau94 said:

Keep Miyamoto as long as you can, but don't fully rely on him for almost every game. Give the poor guy a break, he's 57, he's bound to retire soon.

LittleIrves

#26

LittleIrves said:

@warioswoods: You and me both. (Unfortunately, I think it really is just the two of us.) Yeah, Steel Diver and Wii Music!
What's nice though is that you fine lads (and lassies) of NLife won't crucify such comments, but instead embrace them. Other forums are a shark tank. This is more like a nice aquarium with ambient music and all kinds of bubbles. So thanks for that.
Can't wait for Miyamoto to get his hands dirty again.

CanisWolfred

#27

CanisWolfred said:

I am greatly disappointed by this. Being part of smaller projects would've proved greatly beneficial for the guy, and for us. It would've meant more freedom and more creative ideas. Sure, he's still intending on teaching the new generation a thing or two about games, and he intends to pursue new ideas, but he may not have the freedom to use them to their full potential.

MariosLoveChild

#28

MariosLoveChild said:

I can't believe this guys nearly 60! It doesn't seem right. I've been playing games sinc the early 80's so know how long he's been around, but I still think of him as a 30 something guy. Can't we just put him inside a giant Tupperware container and make him last forever?

Wamtu

#31

Wamtu said:

Heh, I haven't been on here for a while so I didn't know about the rumor to begin with, so when I saw this article I was just thinking it was kind of weird that you were posting news articles about things that are NOT happening.

Hokori

#32

Hokori said:

I didnt even know there were rumors about him stepping down.... :|
I see him retiring once the successor to the wii U is out, but not now

StarDust4Ever

#34

StarDust4Ever said:

It will be a sad day when Myamoto does leave someday, whether by choice or by necessity. How will Nintendo carry on his legacy without him? Maybe it will be like they did with Walt Disney Studios. If he ever does pass on someday, hopefully not for another 30 years at least, I hope they do a biography on Nightline or 2020.

lex0plex

#35

lex0plex said:

This is good news! especially that last sentence, can't wait for some more original gaming goodness!

SkywardLink98

#36

SkywardLink98 said:

It might be good if he did. Then Nintendo would be able to learn to adjust to be a thriving company without him, while still having him to make suggestions and help with new games. It's not like he's immortal, eventually he WILL die. And when he does I suggest Nintendo be prepared or they'll crash and burn.

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