We're not looking forward to the day that Shigeru Miyamoto retires from Nintendo, but sadly, it's inevitable. The legendary video games producer, who turned 60 last November, said in a recent interview with GameSpot that it would be strange not to be thinking of retirement, but the various projects and his workload hasn't changed.
Miyamoto noted that he's preparing for the day that he no longer serves his time at Nintendo:
Instead, what we’re doing internally is, on the assumption that there may someday be a time when I’m no longer there, and in order for the company to prepare for that, what I’m doing is pretending like I’m not working on half the projects that I would normally be working on to try to get the younger staff to be more involved.
He also added that the people he works with tend to look to him for direction, but he wants to break down that structure so the producers take control of their own individual projects. Not only this, but he doesn't want them to aim to please him — but to satisfy the consumer:
And as I like to say, I try to duck out of the way, so that instead of them looking at me, they’re looking at the consumer and trying to develop their games with the consumer in mind rather than me in mind. So it’s really more of looking at this as sort of an opportunity to really try to help develop them and bring them up.
Brace yourselves for the day he announces his retirement. It's going to be emotional.