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Miyamoto stepping down from current position, working on smaller projects for Nintendo

First off, here's the good news: Shigeru Miyamoto still works for Nintendo. The bad news is that he's taking a simpler position within the company. Instead of overseeing the biggest titles for the dev, from now on he'll be working on smaller projects and letting others oversee the huge franchises he helped create.

In an interview with Wired, the legendary game maker revealed the change in his career path. “I’m not saying that I’m going to retire from game development altogether,” he clarified. “What I mean by retiring is, retiring from my current position.” For years Miyamoto hadn’t been heading up just a couple of games, but instead overseeing and giving guidance to almost all the development teams within Nintendo. Apparently now he feels like the teams he’s led for years on franchises like Mario and Zelda have grown enough that they no longer need his guidance. “I’m saying this because I have a solid reaction from the existing team… I was able to nurture the developers inside Nintendo who were able to create something like (Skyward Sword or Super Mario 3D Land).”

What’s next for him? Smaller productions that he can create with less people and release in a matter of months, not years. “What I really want to do is be in the forefront of game development once again… working on a smaller project with even younger developers.” He indicated that he’d like to start and finish his first project within the next year.

So don’t fret doom and gloomers. Though it may sound sad that Miyamoto has seemingly divested himself from his biggest franchises, if anything this means you’ll get to play the first new project directly overseen by Miyamoto in years. We can’t wait to see what it is, and if everything goes according to plan, it hopefully won’t take long.

Source: Wired

18 comments

  • gumbyx84 - December 8, 2011 8:07 a.m.

    There are a lot of other sites saying this isn't true and that Nintendo has already put out a press statement saying this. Any truth to it?
  • Robx - December 8, 2011 5:37 a.m.

    whatever this dude touches becomes gold they might be the same characters and plots, but damn they never stop being enjoyable for anyone who tries them I just hope he is right and that the developers can continue with his quality on their future projects
  • LEGOMatrix - December 8, 2011 5:20 a.m.

    I'd love a stream of Miyamoto-created downloadable games.
  • dcbernman - December 8, 2011 3:51 a.m.

    I'm also curious to see if the teams will take their franchises in new directions now that Miyamoto isn't in the driver's seat anymore. I know it sounds ludicrous, but I want a sci-fi Legend of Zelda!
  • cokelogic - December 8, 2011 3:08 a.m.

    Maybe it's damage control for his career when the Wii U is a bust. Then he'll make his grand return. #CancelTheWiiU
  • IronHeaver - December 7, 2011 10:25 p.m.

    While I cant help but be worried about Nintendo without Miyamoto being in charge, Im to excited to see him working on smaller projects to worry :D Im not sure if I should panic or through a party :/ Here's to Nintendo! And one of the greatest creative minds of our time!
  • R-ape - December 7, 2011 10:13 p.m.

    Whew! Did anyone else get a big adrenaline rush from reading the first 6 words of this article? Lucky that we still have him though. The bright side of this is that Shigero will be overseeing smaller projects - but all in all, they're still new. Wouldn't you rather have something completely fresh rather than a sequel to Mario (not saying they're bad games either)?
  • Demoneyes - December 7, 2011 10:10 p.m.

    I was just thinking: "new nintendo game franchises?" Then I looked at the comments section and everyone had the same idea. Yay.
  • shawksta - December 7, 2011 9:51 p.m.

    Miyamoto was always wise, and he made his own wise decision knowing he can trust his team, hey for all we know we could see revivals of old franchises with his little projects, heck MAYBE even Mother 3 but we can only Dream...
  • MetaMoss - December 7, 2011 9:17 p.m.

    I say that if he fells that his franchises are in good hands, there shouldn't be a problem. I would definitely want to see what he is going to do next. And maybe after a few years of this people will quit whining about Nintendo's lack of new IPs... it gets really annoying after awhile.
  • Hobogonigal - December 7, 2011 8:58 p.m.

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Miyamoto! Actually, this isn't as bad as I thought it would be when I saw the title of the article. As EnigmaSpirit said, this will allow more original games and because they will be developed in a short timespan the 3DS and WiiU might actually get a steady supply of great games. I can't wait for the next awesome Miyamoto creation!
  • EnigmaSpirit - December 7, 2011 8:41 p.m.

    Well now at least Nintendo will have some awesome games that aren't just from the major franchises. Yay originality! ...Now, to contradict what I just said, I want Mother 4 please.
  • SouthTippBass - December 7, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    This can only be a good thing. I'm sure he has a fantastic project up his sleeve! Best of luck to him!
  • fatdog12300 - December 7, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    So could this mean a potential Mother 4? I'm not getting my hopes up, but I'm still hopeful.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - December 7, 2011 8:26 p.m.

    This is the right move for him. Nintendo as a whole has shown that they will always but their best work into the franchises that Miyamoto created. Now Miyamoto wants to break off and go back to doing what he got his start doing in the first place, and I say Nintendo could use some good new franchises. After all, the last great franchise they created was probably Pikmin. Nintendo needs to take the creativity they put into their old franchises and make entirely new games with them.
  • shawksta - December 7, 2011 9:53 p.m.

    Kind of like Kid Icaris Uprising, its Entirely New and nothing like the original. Ill nicely let you know that Pikmin is NOT nintendo's newest, for petes sake nobody pays attention!
  • jackthemenace - December 8, 2011 1:35 p.m.

    If people don't KNOW about a franchise, then it's probably not a GREAT one. I can see where ThatGuy's coming from. Miyamoto created some of todays most recognisable and memorable franchises, before letting them be ground into the dust. Maybe now, he'll be able to help smaller developers make MORE great franchises that I can grow up with, and then moan when they go the way of Sonic :D
  • shawksta - December 8, 2011 11:43 p.m.

    No not really, Many people dont even know what they are, but then again, their not shooters and All-star stand outs. PFFT, Sega didnt know what to do, Nintendo's a more smarter company, they'll never go that way.

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