Miyamoto's role not changing - Nintendo

Nintendo of America releases statement clarifying Mario creator's retirement comments in recently conducted interview.

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Nintendo shareholders may be able to breathe easier today, as Nintendo has offered reassurance that legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto is remaining with the company in his existing role. In a recent interview, Miyamoto discussed "retiring" from his current position to create smaller, more personal projects for Nintendo.

Nintendo insists Miyamoto isn't going anywhere.

Shortly after the publication of that news, Nintendo told Reuters that the report was the result of a misunderstanding. Today, Nintendo of America expanded on that sentiment.

"Video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto's role at Nintendo is not changing," the company said in a statement. "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."

Miyamoto's career stands alone in the gaming industry. The creator of iconic franchises like Mario, Donkey Kong, and Zelda received 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.

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another_drew
another_drew

all of you who say that nintendo is full of gimmicks, need i remind you gaming USED to be an industry of innovation. nowadays all people want is what works and for nothing to change. sorry but the guys at the big N have always thought forward while everyone else just picks up what they put down. with the exception of sega that is. everyone slammed on the wii's controller when they first saw it. look now that d!ldo shaped thing for the ps3 looks alot like a wii-mote if you ask me. and what about the kinect? that thing is a big joke if you ask me. nothing is a gimmick its all in how you present it. nintendo has done well with making their ideas work well and make sense with their games while everyone else just says "hey we'll throw in motion controls, make a few games that focus on motion controls, and see what happens." results? you get crap like terribly made shooters that try to make you feel like you're in control of the aiming. Or how about those really lame party games where all the people in the commercials are all gathered around the tv smiling their arses off. in real life you know those games are boring as watching paint dry. stop bashing on N because if it weren't for them and their "gimmicks," the video game industry would have died after the atari 2600.

GamerYnoX
GamerYnoX

@steve4123456789 yep gotta love snes jrpgs

Zer093
Zer093

I love Miyamoto. If I saw him on the street I would get on my knees and bow to him, even if it was raining. But how many ideas does he have left? If he's still got some, he should stay, but I'm not sure he does. I would more than love to be proven wrong in this regard. And to those who are hating on Nintendo for not being "modern," just because they don't have the newest technology or have super ultra-realistic graphics, doesn't mean they're not modern. What determines if something is modern is whether or not it's setting trends. Barring the Gamecube, Nintendo has been setting trends their entire video game history, so they're more modern than all other video game companies as far as I'm concerned.

steve4123456789
steve4123456789

@GamerYnoX "even more" there hasn't been a defining rpg for nintendo for more than 10 years.

FrankGog
FrankGog

I hear people say a lot that Nintendo should adapt to modern times and that their formula has gotten old, and that these "problems" are the fault of Miyamoto's J. Egdar-like tenure at the company. First, the belief that Nintendo never changes their franchises is totally false; they have committed every one of them to drastic changes over the years, just not the kinds of changes "hardcore" gamers are looking for, like star-laden voice casts, hollywood script mocks, and running everything on the Unreal engine. Second, Nintendo's franchises are no more stale or rehashed than anyone else's. Every modern shooter is pretty much the same thing, with small tweaks and twists here and there.

I think most of the people who make these charges against Nintendo just don't like Nintendo's entire product anymore, which is fine, it's not for everybody. But I do like it, and I also like variety. I'm playing Skyrim right now, and can't wait to get into Skyward Sword when I'm done. I don't want Nintendo to try so hard to go after the hardcore market that they water down what's been working for decades now.

And then everything looks and plays like CoD (not that there's anything wrong with CoD, just an example).

kreegan64
kreegan64

On one side if he leaves there could be the possibility that his successor or whatever isn't fit for the job and could lead Ninty down But on the other if he stays, his apparent innability to adapt to certain modern things could also hold Ninty back

zenverak
zenverak

oh and, those Gimmicks you mention, you mean the ones that got Sony and Microsoft following suit? I think they stopped being Gimmicks a while ago.

zenverak
zenverak

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nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@zenverak "Umm.. again, what has nintendo done?" What haven't they done to tick gamers off? -Make games that do something different (making Mario, Zelda, and Metroid into 3D for example) -"Gimmicks" (analog stick, motion controls) -"Bad hardware" (as was criticized with N64, Gamecube, Wii) "And I ask because if they really had done things, like Sega did, I would expect to see their profits( in game sales) reflect it. It isn't." You realize that just because something sells well, doesn't mean gamers like it, right? Look at the Call of Duty series, it still sells well and people still hate Activision. Heck, back on Sega, the Sonic series still sells well and that still gets a lot of hate, even with Colors and Generations. Don't get me wrong, I still love Nintendo's (and Sega) stuff. I even own the bashed N64, Gamecube, and Wii and love playing them, but I'm just pointing out that Nintendo is in a situation as bad as Sega in terms of how well gamers receive their games nowadays.

zenverak
zenverak

@nintendoboy16 And I ask because if they really had done things, like Sega did, I would expect to see their profits( in game sales) reflect it. It isn't.

zenverak
zenverak

Umm.. again, what has nintendo done?

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@zenverak Let's say something similar to what's going on between gamers and Sega/Sonic Team whenever they do something (good or bad) with the Sonic franchise.

zenverak
zenverak

@nintendoboy16 what crap?

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

While part of me is glad he's staying, another part is saying he probably should leave due to all the crap Nintendo has been going through with the gaming community, which has been going on for the longest time.

LitterBoxHero
LitterBoxHero

Goodness I hope Miyamoto doesn't leave. He's the only one in that company who still knows what he's doing.

GamerYnoX
GamerYnoX

Bring even more RPGs to Nintendo systems and I'm sold.

Link3301
Link3301

So, it sounds like he is going to continue the work he was doing before, but he will also work on new ideas.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@pszone you said,"Well since know not regining maybe he save." I have no idea what that's supposed to mean,but as to something going wrong with 3D lad and Mario Kart 7,where have you been?They're both selling like hotcakes,and more importantly than that,they're both a blast to play. Again I say,thank you Miyamoto.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

He looks like he's being worshiped in that picture. :P Seriously though,Miyamoto stands above all other game designers by head and shoulders. Who else has created NUMEROUS franchises that have stood the test of time,lasting around 3 decades,and still running strong? Who hasn't heard of Donkey Kong,Mario,Zelda,or the Pikmin? Miyamoto-san,I take my hat off to you,sir.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

Someone's thumbing down all the comments again...

Vodoo
Vodoo

I always thought of this guy as a sort of pedophile. He just has that look about him when I see him in those pictures... a grown man with stuffed toys all around him. "Come here little boy... don't you wanna be my little princess peach?" lol

blackace
blackace

Nintendo was worrying about their stocks. Miyamoto is probably still doing to do his own thing, but Nintendo just doesn't want the public to know. Why would Miyamoto lie about something like this? He's too honest a guy. I'm sure he won't be overseeing ALL of Nintendo big name times like he used to.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

@servb0ts I think he's holding a wiimote with his right hand.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Yay - lets celebrate!... do do do... come on and do the Donkey Konga :lol:

Jbul
Jbul

Without Miyamoto, there IS no Nintendo. So this is good to hear.

cstv
cstv

Good news

Randal__Graves
Randal__Graves

I have respect for him, If it wasn't for Miyamoto there would be no Mario and Nintendo wouldn't have the impact on the gaming industry it has today and gaming wouldn't have recovered from the video game crash of 1983.

franzito
franzito

This man deserves all praise and respect for his inumerous contributions.

pszone
pszone

So Gd news but doe's this mean that he wont be able to do zelda and mario anymore much. I think know they should hold back Will U to get one gd game at launch for nindendo exclsllive game . Well since know not regining maybe he save. But they need to see what went wrong for super mario 3D and mario cart 7 because they not saleing they use to in the west and here.

so_hai
so_hai

It's a trick - he retired years ago, they just keep insisting that he still works there to keep the share price up.

servb0ts
servb0ts

his picture looks like he's constipated at the Opera. Anyways I'm glad he's back.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

Old news,but yeah,glad he will continue making great games.

LordelX
LordelX

Without Miyamoto, there is no Nintendo.

DennisWZH
DennisWZH

as if nintendo could afford loosing him, his games are the only reason why anyone would want to buy a nintendo console.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

I would much rather he worked on his new IP than continue to be spread out over to many projects...

Superzone
Superzone

Glad he's not going anywhere.

Banjo_Kongfooie
Banjo_Kongfooie

I am still upset with him destroying Dinosaur Planet but I guess I am the only one?

xKaTaHoMaSx
xKaTaHoMaSx

If it was an English interviewer 10 bucks says his interpreter got fired lol.

Randori_humar
Randori_humar

@ebonyflame I disagree. Eiji Aonuma has helmed all Zelda titles since Majora's Mask. I have enjoyed Aonuma's contributions. While from a strictly material standpoint it might appear that he has been rehashing ideas from previous titles, he lacks Miyamoto's unshakable disregard for the industry as a whole. I feel like there would be ZERO growth at Nintendo without occasionally looking out from the vacuum and seeing what else is going on from time to time. Miyamoto always creates games from inside his own world, never polluted by other games and trends, but that can be a problem as well. Again, I disagree with your statement, I think the ONLY original ideas in Nintendo's games are being made my the directors and designers who place themselves into positions to be inspired, whoever they may be.

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

@thenerd64 Same here, it just wouldn't be the same. But then again I don't know they might turn out even better.

ebonyflame
ebonyflame

Yeah, they better start developing a brain/computer interface because when his body finally gives out, they will need to keep his brain going to keep squeezing out more ideas. His protege, Eiji Aonuma, has yet to have an original idea materialize into a game.