Shigeru Miyamoto Isn’t Retiring Says Nintendo

Nintendo has confirmed that Shigeru Miyamoto isn’t retiring after the famed game developer told Wired magazine that he was stepping down from his current position to concentrate on smaller projects. Here’s what Nintendo has to say on the matter:

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.


  1. Awesome, can’t waiting to see what you got in store for us. Since its a small project. It shouldn’t take too long.

  2. He never said he would retire. The press has just come to the conclusion. He said he’d work on smaller projects.

  3. This is what he said in the first place, the original interview he says he stepping down from his EAD position, to work more closely developing games like he used to, and guiding the newer younger devs.

  4. You know this made me realize
    If miyamoto ever left nintendo, mario and zelda might not ever be the seen
    i think its important that miyamoto teaches his skills and passes them on so mario and zelda can live on forever :)

    1. Very good point!

      I think Eiji Aonuma has got Zelda down. However, I do wonder if there currently is anyone to take over for the Mario series if he ever were to step down.

      1. Yoshiaki Koizumi has been working on the Super Mario series since 64 and is now the producer of the franchise (which is just under Miyamoto [Executive Producer]). Koizumi and Aonuma actually started on the same little project called Ocarina of Time 15 years ago; then they split into different teams, Koizumi got Mario, Aonuma got Zelda. Miyamoto has been tempering these guys for over a decade, and now he’s ready to mentor younger developers for new franchises. There is no need to worry about the main licenses, as I’m sure Miyamoto will still be involved to a least some degree as long as he’s at Nintendo. At this point, he’s more of a consultant for these games already. He just wants to develop something new, and inspire younger developers, while he still has the time.

    1. Nintendo’s stocks dropping because of Miyamoto’s announcement is a presumption. Why would they even say anything if that were true? And Nintendo would never lie about something like this. Remember: think, then post.

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