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Published on December 10th, 2011 | by G. Bargas, Managing Editor

Miyamoto to Focus on Smaller Game Development, Not on Retiring

When you think of Nintendo, you might think: Super Mario, Zelda, and Donkey Kong. These are probably some of the most iconic characters and titles that transformed a coin-op arcade developer, into the home console giant we know today. Although these titles are common household names, it would be crazy to think of where the market would be if they were never developed. If Donkey Kong would have never become an arcade hit, or if Mario stayed an ambiguous carpenter, would Nintendo even be alive and kickin’?

In a recent announcement in an interview with, the creator of those titles, Shigeru Miyamoto, sat down and made a few statements that have since become echoes around the internet. The loudest of those echoes being the transition from head-honcho–to just one of the boys. Miyamoto is quoted with saying the following through an interpreter:

“Inside our office, I’ve been recently declaring, ‘I’m going to retire, I’m going to retire,’” Miyamoto said through his interpreter. “I’m not saying that I’m going to retire from game development altogether. What I mean by retiring is, retiring from my current position.”

“What I really want to do is be in the forefront of game development once again myself,” Miyamoto said. “Probably working on a smaller project with even younger developers. Or I might be interested in making something that I can make myself, by myself. Something really small.”

There is no doubt that Miyamoto will still be somewhat involved in the further development of his character creations, but not as prevalent as prior years. Miyamoto currently manages the Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development. This is where all of the Nintendo titles that we know and love are created with divvied teams who specifically handle their respective popular Nintendo titles.

It might seem like we are looking too far into the rigid, contextually bound statement, but it does bring some doubt to mind. This quote might also seem questionable and somewhat of a worrisome move for gamers who are looking forward to the upcomingNintendo Wii U release. This also may leave us to question the future of our favorite Nintendo characters.

In another statement issued to Kotaku regarding the interview, Nintendo denies that Miyamoto is in fact retiring:

“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.”

There has been quite the confusion in all of this he said, she said nonsense. What we can at least take away from the most recent statement: Miyamoto will continue to make games until he dies. I picture him as the Clint Eastwood of video games. No matter how old he is, or if he is sitting in the director’s chair or not, you can bet that his next creation will be worth your hard earned cash. From developer, to creator, and on to the next endearing Nintendo character, there is no doubt that we can look forward to more quality games from the young-at-heart, Shigeru Miyamoto.

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I am Greg, aka LaWiiG. Thanks for coming to take a look around! Retro is the way to go! Do yourself a favor and show love by playing retro games.

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