Newly launched gaming website Glixel recently had the opportunity to speak to revered Nintendo game developer, Shigeru Miyamoto. A number of interesting things cropped up in the interview including the revelation that it is mainly a younger development team taking the lead on development of the Nintendo Switch. He also went on to say that they have basically designed the system while he has taken more of a back seat role.
“There was a misunderstanding around my supposed retirement. Really at the time what we were talking about was giving more opportunity and more leadership opportunity to younger people in the company. So rather than me leading everything we were really expanding that role out to others that had come up within the company. Somehow that got misinterpreted as the fact that I was retiring.
We have these younger people in the company who are taking the lead on Switch development and it’s really been them that have put this forward and designed this system. They’re the ones that have really shepherded it through the process. Because of that, what it’s allowed me to do is focus on other projects like Super Mario Run or the Universal theme park. I’m going to keep looking for these kinds of opportunities where I can do something new and fun.”