Miyamoto planning 'retirement' - Report

[UPDATE]: Nintendo denies Mario creator is stepping down from current role. "Please do not be concerned," firm says.

Legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto is "retiring" from his current role at the company in order to make smaller, more personal games, according to an interview with Wired today.

"I'm not saying that I'm going to retire from game development altogether," the Nintendo senior managing director told the site. "What I mean by retiring is, retiring from my current position."

Miyamoto will step down from his current role at Nintendo.

Miyamoto told Wired that he wants to "be in the forefront of game development once again," working on smaller projects, either alone or with younger developers. Currently, he oversees longer-term projects that take as long as five years to make. Miyamoto said he hopes to start work on one of his smaller projects soon and be able to show it off before the end of 2012.

Miyamoto's career stands alone in the gaming industry. The creator of iconic franchises like Mario, Donkey Kong, and Zelda received a a lifetime achievement award from the Game Developers Choice Awards in 2007 and was the first inductee in the Academy of Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame in 1998.

However, Miyamoto's reach extends far beyond the gaming industry. The developer was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People of the Year, and in 2009, he received the Jim Henson Celebration Honor, named for the late creator of The Muppets and given each year to a recipient who "makes the world a better place by inspiring people to celebrate life." Previous Jim Henson Award winners include former US vice president Al Gore and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

[UPDATE]: Nintendo has denied that Miyamoto is planning on retiring, saying instead that his comments had been misinterpreted. "There seems to have been a misunderstanding. He has said all along that he wants to train the younger generation," a Nintendo spokesperson told Reuters. "He has no intention of stepping down. Please do not be concerned," the spokesperson continued.

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154 comments
agentossy59
agentossy59

if he leaves Nintendo will be finished

9weerwolf
9weerwolf

This is bittersweet news, but people, come the HELL on!!! Miyamoto's a human being, we all need rest, we can't work our *beeps* off for-freakin'-EVER!!!

 

Look, he made masterpiece after masterpiece, he is one of my idols, but we cannot hope to let him work for all time. He's prepared for his retirement, and so he already found back-up. I say bittersweet because Miyamoto creates and inspires, but I'm glad he made a plan for what shall come.

 

Of course it'll be a sad day when he retires for good, but even though all good things come to an end, there is always hope.

jazilla
jazilla

the funny part is I wasn't concerned. I was stoked that he was gonna work on solo projects or take youngsters at nintendo under his wing for projects. also, the title was misleading that he was retiring. other sites headlines were nuch more in line with what was actually happening.

crawly_lp
crawly_lp

Rather later than never, can't wait to see what this guys gonna do.

MamaLuigiBarrel
MamaLuigiBarrel

Does this mean that new games in series like Super Mario will start changing from here on? Cause I could go for that.

revway
revway

I'll be happy with what whatever Miyamoto decides to do. He changed the game, literally!

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

No matter what he decides to do I think we can all agree that this guy is a true genius and gaming wouldn't look anything like it does today without his contributions.

rpvarela
rpvarela

Gamespot confusion aside, he training the younger generation is only natural. Just as Gunpei Yokoi was his mentor, so will he mentor somebody else. Now, on his retirement (because this will happen eventually), I already feel sorry for the person replacing him... gotta work very hard to achieve that standard.

Flint247
Flint247

Miyamoto is definitely a true gaming legend. I appreciate his love for games, not just for the profit of them. If you treat things with love, they will go well. He has earned my respect.

Unholy123
Unholy123

Heh I love how people kinda lost their #%! about this and even stock took a hit it's not like the guys some sort of lynch pin and should he step down the entire company would fly off the handle and break, to be honest letting him take a break and try newer things could be good.

slowdrum13
slowdrum13

"please do not lower stock prices" firm says

rushiosan
rushiosan

Gamespot should be ashamed about the erroneous review for Skyward Sword. Seriously, how can someone be incapable of understanding how to set up the motion controls? There's absolutely nothing wrong with that game and its control mechanics, Miyamoto knows EXACTLY what he's bringing to market, unlike the most part of game development companies.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

Oh crap, the movie 2012 is true Shigeru Miyamoto has been chosen to help repopulate the earth after 2012, hey I wanna be chosen too!!

digi-demon
digi-demon

Good move :D Hope it works out :D

01706_123
01706_123

give the legend space to rest

mustained13
mustained13

Mr. Miyamoto: "I'm ready to retire" Nintendo: "Your cryo chamber is ready, Mr. Miyamoto"

WafflePrime
WafflePrime

I was worried until I saw the update. The man is a creative genius, I hope he decides on creating a new franchise.

nintendoecx
nintendoecx

so many years all did nice job, atless his still going be around. Also I agree with Thug2wasteland.

Thug2Wasteland
Thug2Wasteland

Every man needs rest, and a man like Miyamoto needs some R&R, I mean he's not a robot. Just because he created the most iconic charcters and most memorable moments, dosen't mean he should be working. If he wants to work on other things let him be. This man deserve it's and lived his life to the best of his ablitiy for you guys to be pleased with his talents and imaginations. Miyamoto hope to see some of your projects to be on other consoles and handhelds in the future! Best of luck!

ziproy
ziproy

Before he leaves he needs to at least create one more Mario masterpiece. An epic game where him and Peach finally tie the knot

Zazabar11
Zazabar11

Man, not yet. It's sad to think that one day all these amazing video game figureheads are going to leave at some point. I just hope when he/they do, they get the best to replace them and continue to supply us with amazing games.

params7
params7

he's going to leave sooner or later, Nintendo should be focusing on him mentoring younger game makers.

Twilight-Ghost
Twilight-Ghost

I'd quit too, if i had to make games for the wii

BasilVZero
BasilVZero

This can be sad news if one reads it literally, of course he isnt standing down from Nintendo, but planning to spread his knowledge and to ensure that future generation developers will create games like he did, hopefully this will result in a huge game boom similar to what Nintendo did in the 1980s and 1990s.

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

Or maybe hes going to work at one of them...hmmm. Maybe they can get 8-bit to do a Metriod themed room.

boiardee14
boiardee14

your sites review on zelda skyward sword broke his spirit:(

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

Theres no way Nintendo would let him leave. Without him Nintendo might as well close its doors but not the doors to their "Love Motels"..(Check it out nintendo owns a couple of them...kinda funny).

nigelholden
nigelholden

I would love for him to have his hands on one more Zelda game. Maybe one that ties them all together.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Eventually he will retire from the industry for good. I think he just wants to work with up and coming young people at Nintendo to pass on his knowledge to them. So they can have a chance to learn from one of the masters. Nintendo will survive when he does retire. He just wants to work on smaller projects with the next generation at Nintendo.

EPaul
EPaul

He has to step down eventually, hopefully he instructs the new gen of game devs in Big N

TheArcade
TheArcade

I hope he doesn't step down before the next generaton starts. Nintendo needs his help in order to make every thing right with the Wii U.

kkxtrouble
kkxtrouble

@Xenrathe They may seem contradictory ... What is happening is that Myamoto wants to step down but Nintendo wont let him. This would be a major blow to Nintendo and so Myamoto stays, probably by some leagal maneuver. Just imagine how apples shares dropped when Jobs stepped down from his possition, it would be the same.

kkxtrouble
kkxtrouble

Sad, nintendo is controlling the guy and wont let him have his peace. Even him, maybe the most important man in the industry is tied to a company. When he finally steps down - or dies, which seems his only way out - nintendo's shares will drop all the way.

Onix95
Onix95

Retiring is the wrong word to use. He's not retiring, he's stepping down and taking a different position. This will allows him more hands on with games of his choosing and less of a management role.

Rammone-X
Rammone-X

This just shows you what kind of man he is. He's less concerned about company politics and more concerned about his love for video games, and I think personally, all high ranking officials in the game industry should at least try and emulate this man's passion and zeal in my opinion. Every Mario, Zelda, etc game I have played has been phenomenal, and his words only exemplify those accomplishments even more. I really admire this guy. Companies seem to forget that before all the 1,000,00+ development budgets came into being, before all the DLCs and promotional shows, etc were devised, before all that, it was just about the love of making video games, to some (like myself) it was almost a culture. We ate, drank and slept video games and this man is all about that. If you love what you do, you'll want to do it everyday.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Hopefully by personal game, he meant Pikmin 3.

ziproy
ziproy

This man is one of my greatest idols. He's a great video game developer but even more importantly he is a terrific guy

MachShot
MachShot

This guy is a legend, very accomplished and I give him that credit. But in today's world, he doesn't stand up to guys like Zeschuk and Muzyka (guys behind Mass Effect, Dragon Age) and Howard (Bethesda).

bat725
bat725

UPDATE: No worries. Nintendo just reminded Myamoto that they own his ass, and he isn't going anywhere, or they will sue his ass. Any ideas he currently has floating around in his head are property of Nintendo. Welcome to the world of big business. Myamoto leaving Nintendo would be like Stan Lee leaving Marvel. Oh, yeah, that did happen and Marvel ended up filing bankruptcy, eventually. Nintendo isn't letting Myamoto go anywhere.

WllDan7
WllDan7

@Xenrathe Not bizarre, but a translation, that has reported as fact before the correct clarification by nintendo.

Xenrathe
Xenrathe

Does anyone else find this article & then update bizarre? Miyamoto: "I'm not retiring altogether. I'm retiring from a position [of major franchise management], so I can work on smaller, more risky projects." Nintendo: "No no no. He's not retiring altogether! He just wants to work on smaller, more risky projects." Obviously? Personally this makes me want to smack Nintendo in the face. If the man doesn't want to stand on a pedestal for the sake of your stock price, then let him down.