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Shigeru Miyamoto Plans to Step Away From Working Directly on Future Mario Titles

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

"There is little chance that I'd be able to take the time necessary"

While Shigeru Miyamoto is still very much at the forefront of Nintendo's game development, his role in recent years has increasingly evolved to that of a general producer, overseeing a number of projects while going "hands-on" with relatively few. His imprint is, however, all over the upcoming Super Mario 3D World, perhaps due to its important role in bringing the commercially successful 2D series closer to the critically acclaimed 3D range of titles.

As we've heard often in recent years, however, Miyamoto-san and his fellow senior managers are working to bring through a new generation of talented game-makers to carry the torch of franchises such as Mario, while the famous game designer contemplates new ideas and expanding Nintendo's library. That was the message once again in a recent interview with French website Gamekult, in which — flanked by fellow project leaders on the latest title — Miyamoto gave the strongest indication yet that he won't be directly involved in future Mario titles, though oversight is likely to remain part of his brief.

Creating a Mario of 3D World's calibre demands enormous energy and there is little chance that I'd be able to take the time necessary to work on the next Mario. Instead, I want to get involved more heavily in the development of new, smaller-scale projects, but that doesn't necessarily mean just modest downloadable titles. It's not impossible that I'll present a new game as principal creator in the future, but even though I'm not directly in charge of a project, I'm always keeping an eye on what the teams are doing in terms of gameplay and I have confidence in them.

Don't worry about Mario!

We'll bring you our review of Super Mario 3D World in the coming weeks, but in the meantime let us know your thoughts on Miyamoto-san's plans to leave Nintendo's most valuable franchise in younger hands.

Thanks to Prof_Clayton for the tip.

[via gamekult.com, uk.ign.com]

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Captain_Gonru

#1

Captain_Gonru said:

Hey, the guy is getting up there. He deserves a break. I just feel bad for the poor person that has to step into those shoes some day.
Though this does sound an awful lot like a statement he came out with a few years ago...

WiiLovePeace

#2

WiiLovePeace said:

I'm okay with that. Modern Super Mario games aren't/can't be made by one person so him moving on to other projects is fine by me. He deserves the semi-retirement.

Ichiban

#3

Ichiban said:

I think of Miyamoto as the Thom Yorke of the gaming industry lol
Looking forward to whatever he creates next:)

Samurai_Goroh

#4

Samurai_Goroh said:

We need to prepare for the eventual retirement of Miyamoto. I'm confident he left some very competent people like the team at EAD Tokyo and Aonuma to continue the legacy.
I still hope we get to see a new franchise from the master.

Shiryu

#5

Shiryu said:

But will there be someone who will ever contribute as much as this single man has (and still is) to the industry? Let us hope.

BakaKnight

#7

BakaKnight said:

Well... let's be honest here, we all know between Mario and Miyamoto who has potentially the longer life span ^_^;

Mario won't be able to depend on his "father" forever, but in the meanwhile I'm glad to know Miyamoto is still planning to look over his "son" progresses from distance while he will work on new projects :)

cookiex

#11

cookiex said:

If I was the interviewer I would bombard Miyamoto with questions about that new franchise he's been talking about, because I really want to know what that is.

erv

#12

erv said:

It's not like these types of games are developed by 3 man teams anyway...

Pit-Stain

#13

Pit-Stain said:

Miyamoto really deserves a break, he must focus on other franchises and some new ones. Do your best Miyamoto-San! We love you! :D

unrandomsam

#14

unrandomsam said:

@Big_L91 Why does it need to be a franchise ? (I prefer one off good games). Obviously I expect it to be milked to death if one of them does particularly well but the best things are new things.

ledreppe

#16

ledreppe said:

Mario games are always going to be great, the next one bettering the last so I'm not worried that Miyamoto will have less/no input in the future.

Goginho

#17

Goginho said:

I don't mind Miyamoto's move at all. Super Mario is the most recognized video game franchise out there. Everybody knows what it's about. A little more variety wouldn't hurt either imo.. I just recently played me some 6 Golden Coins, a game from my childhood :) ..and I must say, that game truly is as different as it can get (in a good way). I know Miyamoto wasn't in charge of it, but it just goes to show that Mario has come a long way over the years. Interestingly, the series has become relatively 'safe' and, I guess, child-friendly for today's standards, considering how oddly different the two non-Miyamoto titles, and others of the past I can imagine, are to today's SM games. What with some of the strange worlds, levels, as well as enemies and gameplay elements (Mario Zone, Macro Zone...aliens, walking heads with knives stuck in them, possessed broomsticks and umbrellas, chopped off tentacles, teddy bears on circus balls, even humanoid enemies such as vampires and witches...Mario piloting a submarine and an airplane...). And in the end, you're still running and jumping about :)
That being said, I wouldn't mind some of these elements, or new ones of this style, being reintroduced in a future title. I just hope that it won't ever deviate from the core formula, such as slowly becoming a FPS through the years :O

@CountWavula I found NSMB 2 quite fun actually. I don't understand the hate for it. I see people saying "it's the same thing", while in contrast, it evidently is something fresh, something we haven't seen before in a Mario game, i.e. the focus on collecting coins :) ..now LoZ is doing the same with Rupees in Between Worlds. Apparently, people fail to see that. I admit, it may be a bit on the 'safe' side, but the fun-factor was there for me.
That being said, there is nothing to worry about ;) The team did a great job imo..

GreatPlayer

#18

GreatPlayer said:

I don't think Nintendo wants him to retire. At least Nintendo will let him retire only after the condition of Wii U stablizes. If he is going to develop more individual titles, can he make the game harder? (Recent games are too easy to be beaten.)

SammyOfMobius

#20

SammyOfMobius said:

Hopefully Miyamoto's semi-retirement will give younger developers a bit more creative freedom with the Mario series.

DestinyMan

#21

DestinyMan said:

I'm fine with this. Miaymoto does need a break and it's clear that he's slowly but surely easing his way into retirement. However, that won't be but for a few more years and he will be making smaller, original games. He hasn't been saying much about that new original game that he brought up a year or so ago, and if was small, then I would think it would be getting close to being completed.

But for Mario, I feel comfortable with the likes of Koizumi leading more Mario games. It doesn't hurt at all to get advice from a brilliant game developer like Miyamoto, but it's nice that he's letting them strike out on their own more.

Artwark

#22

Artwark said:

Well I did enjoy 3D Land, Dream Team and a little bit of Dark Moon without much of Miyamoto's involvement. So yes the man has done a lot for Nintendo.

Now if only they can cope up with the Wii U sales without Miyamoto.....

readyletsgo

#23

readyletsgo said:

About time I say. I highly doubt he has been the soul director/producer of a Mario game for a while in reality.

Mario needs new blood and we can see that in 3d land/world :-)

Geonjaha

#24

Geonjaha said:

Not really a problem in my opinion. The Mario series has been really bland recently anyway, so I doubt this could make it much worse.

Morph

#25

Morph said:

Nintendo need a new wave of developers to create their own franchises, theres nothing wrong with mario, zelda, dk, metroid etc but they are based on 20 and 30 yr old games. Id love to see what they could do with something brand new, there must be some ideas locked away somewhere, Sakurai would be my biggest hope for something completely new, i get the feeling he gets restless working on the same stuff

GalacticMario28

#26

GalacticMario28 said:

I'm not sure Mario will be the same with Miyamoto only overseeing development, but its understandable, and I think its good that he wants to spend his time working on new things.

unrandomsam

#27

unrandomsam said:

Maybe I would have liked 3D Land if Miyamoto had been responsible for it.

(There again level design seems to be an afterthought in everything other than in Donkey Kong Country Returns which is not one of his games either).

Seems like they finish the engine and then rush it out of the door without testing the levels to make sure they are fun to play.

Luffymcduck

#30

Luffymcduck said:

Main Mario games have been too safe for the past few years, just look at NSMB. Galaxy games were the last truly awesome Mario's for me. At least Alphadreams Mario & Luigi series has been fun. They don't reuse the same backrounds and enemies all the time.

LeVideoGamer

#31

LeVideoGamer said:

I'm sure that he must have worked with enough developers at Nintendo that any of them could create an excellent game without his input. Fresh blood could do the franchise the world of good, and introduce us to ideas we could have never imagined.

Samurai_Goroh

#33

Samurai_Goroh said:

We've already had Mario without Miyamoto before. The Game Boy games were Gunpei Yokoi's creations. And Super Mario Land 2 is still one of my favourite games of all time. I would like Nintendo to make a Super Mario more inspired in the stages, power ups and enemies of Super Mario Land 1&2, they are something apart from the rest.

UnseatingKDawg

#35

UnseatingKDawg said:

As long as he keeps an eye on it, I think we'll be fine. Besides, even a "bad" Mario game (like Super Mario Sunshine - at least in my opinion - and Paper Mario: Sticker Star) is still decent enough to play once in a while. I have faith in the fresh meat.

Assassins_101

#36

Assassins_101 said:

I agree. Mr. Miyamoto needs (deserves) a break from Mario™. He should let someone else fill in his shoes. (Even though I feel bad for the next person)

element187

#37

element187 said:

@Luffymcduck Nintendo treats 3D Mario and 2D Mario as separate franchises instead of lumping them all together as just Mario games.

What would they do with 2d Mario to make it fresh? It's supposed to be samey for the millions of players who want it to be samey... There is a huge amount of Nintendo gamers that only play Nintendo's 2D offerings because they can't play 3D games (I know it sounds weird but some gamers can't operate in a 3d plain, so they stick to 2D games)

Nintendo only tries to keep 3D Mario fresh. So if you are waiting for Nintendo to do something different with 2D Mario you will be waiting a very very long time.

Zombie_Barioth

#38

Zombie_Barioth said:

Miyamoto has been slowly backing away for years now so this news isn't really all that surprising. From what we've seen his franchises seem to be in capable hands, and I doubt anyone wants to be known as the guy who ruined Mario.

As for the series being so samey, its not such a big deal. I'd rather they use one series for fresh ideas and experiments and one for old-school, nostalgic gameplay than handle both the same way. Its better than having nothing but SM64 and SMB3 clones thats for sure.

JimLad

#39

JimLad said:

I would actually like to see him do some modest downloadable titles. He could get back to his roots and create something brand new on a much smaller scale. Super Mario Bros took less than a year to make, and people still play it.

Luffymcduck

#40

Luffymcduck said:

@element187
The problem with NSMB is that they feel like a same game. All of them. At least Donkey Kong Country had different levels, enemies and musics in each of the 3 games. Add some new mechanics and we´ve got a great sequel, just like DKC Trilogy was.

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