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Nintendo superman Shigeru Miyamoto is a man who can extract esoteric game concepts out of the most mundane things. So what's he been up to lately?

During a Q&A session with investors (as translated by Andriasang), Miyamoto explained exactly what he's been keeping himself busy with outside of work. Swimming and youth guidance, apparently.

Also, I'm still full of energy. Recently, I've been doing a lot of things – continuing to work hard at swimming, for instance, and also having exchanges with school kids, doing such things a serving on a neighborhood youth guidance committee.

Miyamoto has in the past mentioned how Nintendo doesn't really like when he talks about his hobbies, as they tend to turn into important titles for Nintendo. He got a dog and Nintendogs happened. He got a cat and now Nintendogs + Cats is happening. He likes to guess the weight and measurements of things and delivered Wii Fit. Gardening? Pikmin.

Pikmin also happens to be the last time Miyamoto created an original character, which was first released back in 2000. We're not sure what a Pikmin's life expectancy is, but we'd wager the first batch is all dead by now. That leaves plenty of room for something new.

I think that next year I can probably deliver something new. I'm still active on the development scene, so please look forward to [my output]. It's been nearly 10 years since I made the Pikmin character, so I feel this is the year where I must at long last make a new character. This is as far as I'll answer today.

Don't be surprised if whatever he cooks up includes swimming youths.

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