Hey, remember how last week we heard that Shigeru Miyamoto was stepping down? And how
that probably turned out to have been a bit of a misunderstanding
(though Wired is sticking to the story)? Having clarified that Miyamoto
“will continue to be a driving force in Nintendo's development
efforts,” Nintendo went to the extent of having the designer appear
in a Canoga, CA mall, literally posing as the driving force behind
Nintendo's latest development effort.
Above: This is a good space for a "mall patrons injured by Blue Shells" joke, but Shigeru is far too sporting to resort to such tactics
If you wanted to, you could
probably also interpret the pic as “Shigeru's retiring to race
karts,” but that would be foolish. After all, it's not like racing
interferes with the careers of any of the Mario Kart series' protagonists,
is it now? And also, now you know that Mario Kart 7 is out, and that
the game's so great that it apparently has the power to blur the
boundary between game and creator. A thoroughly well-spent afternoon
on Miyamoto's behalf, then.