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Shigeru Miyamoto Admits He Could Keep Working for "A Long Time"

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Retirement isn't on the agenda

Following his recent press tour of the US, Shigeru Miyamoto has been prominent in spreading the word about the Wii U, the "Year of Luigi" and more. His presence has also been a reminder of how significant a figure he is within Nintendo, as he's still the key representative of the company's ideals and approach to game development. When someone as important as Shigeru Miyamoto has been in the industry for 30 years, producing some of gaming's most iconic experiences, it's natural to wonder about the impact on Nintendo when he steps aside.

So touchy is the subject of Miyamoto's retirement that a leak in late 2011 suggesting it was imminent drove Nintendo stock prices down, with the company even having to issue a statement to confirm that he wasn't about to end his career. As he's passed 60 the day gets closer, but in a revealing interview with Rolling Stone he's suggested that such is his fulfillment and enjoyment at work, it's not in his plans at this time.

"I turn 61 this year. So I'm at an age where as I look around at people who work in different companies and they're all reaching an age where they're thinking about retirement, I guess people might expect me to be thinking of retiring. But at the same time, I look at the work that I'm doing, and the fun that I'm having – this is something that I can still continue to do for a long time. You know, possibly until I die.

Yet it's worth noting that the legendary games designer is also ensuring that a younger generation is ready to take up the reins once he does hang up his Mario hat.

One thing that's very important for me is to make sure that Nintendo as a company can continue to create products even if I'm not there. So one of the things that I continually say to my teams is 'Pretend like I'm not here. I'm not going help you'.

It's common knowledge, courtesy of Nintendo making the point regularly, that Miyamoto's role is very much as an overseer to the younger generation of developers, working with the teams to help them achieve better results. If he is in a position to work on a broad range of varied projects with talented teams, it's not surprising that he's enjoying his working life.

If his comments to Rolling Stone are to be believed, it looks like we'll be seeing Shigeru Miyamoto's name in the credits of the very best Nintendo games for years to come.

[via rollingstone.com]

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User Comments (33)

rjejr

#2

rjejr said:

He Could Keep Working for "A Long Time"

Is that in general or just on Pikmin 3? ;-)

Fudgewhizzle

#3

Fudgewhizzle said:

I'm confident he will pass on his knowledge as Master to his pupils. But it will be a sad day indeed when Miyamoto stops working for Nintendo. He's definitely one of my personal heroes.

NintyMan

#4

NintyMan said:

I hope he does keep working for Nintendo for a long time, and he could still be able to influence the work of younger developers at some level for quite a while. However, it's still a good idea that he teach the younger generation so that when he sadly passes away, they won't be completely thrown off.

NintendoFlow

#8

NintendoFlow said:

Miyamoto Looks extremely healthy to be almost 61. I would hate to see the day his age forces him out of his everyday FUN life. Miyamoto is a very iconic person in today's world. He's made history for sure.

nastobi123

#9

nastobi123 said:

i think most Japs live in almost 90 yo. So, he will be working for another 10 years

Jaz007

#14

Jaz007 said:

Sweet. I hope he still gives some good input for a good while though. On the other hand though if he becomes less involved with other games he will have more time to make that FPS. It would be cool to see the big N branch into that area. (Metroid Prime is not a FPS either. It's first-person adventure.)

MrWalkieTalkie

#15

MrWalkieTalkie said:

As long as he is having fun making games and isn't feeling forced to work, then I'm happy! But I do hope that this generation Nintendo braches itself out more with some new and unique IPs to go with the usual Mario, Zelda, and Metroid we see on every Nintendo Console.

Dodger

#16

Dodger said:

It will be a sad day for gaming as a whole when Miyamoto retires. Every game in every genre owes something to his work. I'm glad he enjoys his job and I look forward to many more great games.

mingzu

#17

mingzu said:

This man has done enough for Nintendo and gaming in general. If he takes his head and retires tomorrow i could understand his choice and if he want's to continue to make games than that's fine too.

Mickey

#18

Mickey said:

Aww man. :( I can already imagine playing the game Miyamoto DIED to make.

nik1470

#19

nik1470 said:

Love this dude, even his face makes me happy! When he dies I can't help but think he'll take a bit on Nintendo with him. I feel a great debt is owed to him by video games fans but he always comes across fun and humble. One awesome dude!

HeatBombastic

#20

HeatBombastic said:

@Jaz007 Metroid was a shooter in the first place, but it and castlevania defined a new genre; Metroidvania. Metroid Prime feels like the older games, but it doesn't count as Metroidvania. It's first-person and you shoot. Genre categorization is horrible anyways. Speaking of Prime, I find it annoying that when I say the word Metroid, most people think I'm talking about Prime. It's too overrated for words.

GBLUIGI

#21

GBLUIGI said:

For me, and I'm sure it goes the same for LOTS of gamers out there in the world also. I hold a nice TON of respect for Miyamoto for all the work he's done over the years. I mean, who doesn't like to sit down and play a game like Super Mario Bros. 3 , any The Legend Of Zelda game, Pikmin 1 or Pikmin 2 , or any other game for that matter made by him. The point I'm trying to put out is that from my point of view. I don't see any energy letting loose from Miyamoto any time soon in this lifetime AT ALL. If he does decide to retire like say in maybe 2 - 4 years from now, heck, that's his call if he wants to or not. But to me, I see him still staying on doing the work he does and still passing on all his knowledge to his teams for when the time comes when he does go. All in all for now, I see him going on as if he's got a Golden Mushroom in hand from Mario Kart that goes on without stopping any time soon.

TheXboxHero

#22

TheXboxHero said:

If he's happy about working for Nintendo(Which he obviously does look like he enjoys it) then keep it coming! Miyamoto was and is stll one of the reasons we have so many popular Nintendo games!

Emaan

#25

Emaan said:

I hope Miyamoto leaves when he wants to, whether that be by life means or by his own decision. I also hope the legacy he leaves will be enough for the younger designers to keep making fantastic games without him.

Capt_N

#26

Capt_N said:

I want his autograph, to go in my autograph collection. It's smart that he force the devs to work as if he's not there, to train them to create solutions to problems, w/o him there. This helps grow their skills, & better their confidence in making risky, & off-beat decisions. He made my favorite games, Super Mario Bros. 3, & The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

MeloMan

#28

MeloMan said:

I really believe he will try to work until he dies... he's working at what he likes, liking what he's working at... it's the dream job. How "can" you retire from your life work? It's practically a contradiction. All I can say is he is legendary... I don't know what I'll think the day he really does hang it up...

Ren

#30

Ren said:

ok, great, he's the best. Now make him CEO or something and fix up this mess.

Urbanhispanic

#31

Urbanhispanic said:

The man did a LOT for the world of video games and it's great he has been passing his vast knowledge to the younger generation who will take over once he rides off into the sunset.

Until that day comes, we can all continue to enjoy his ideas and influence. Now....make Pikmin 3 to appease your loyal fan base. :P

Zombie_Barioth

#32

Zombie_Barioth said:

They say the key to enjoying life is turning what you enjoy into a career, so if this is what Miyamoto enjoys doing I can't imagine he'll stop anytime soon if he can help it. If you enjoy what you do and get paid to do it why would you wanna stop if you don't have to?

Its good that hes making sure the younger members of the staff are prepared to take over when the time comes so Nintendo isn't left high n' dry, and what could be better than learning from the legend himself?

Henmii

#33

Henmii said:

"So one of the things that I continually say to my teams is 'Pretend like I'm not here. I'm not going help you'."

Followed by: "What do I see?! Stuff that gamers want (difficulty, rpg elements, etc)?! Upending time! All the good stuff in the bin!!"

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