Shigeru Miyamoto Changing Roles at Nintendo [UPDATED]

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Posted by patrickklepek (3508 posts) -

UPDATE: In a move that is perhaps unsurprising given the fact that Nintendo's stock dropped 2% following the spread of this story, Nintendo is now denying that Miyamoto's role is changing at all. The publisher sent out an official statement late last night to refute the quotes from the Wired story.

"This is absolutely not true," said a spokeswoman for Nintendo. "There seems to have been a misunderstanding. He has said all along that he wants to train the younger generation.

"He has no intention of stepping down. Please do not be concerned."

"Please do not be concerned" sounds exactly like the kind of thing you say when you're trying to soothe panicky investors. Another, later statement went even further, specifically stating that Miyamoto's role is not changing at all.

"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."

The odds of this being a gigantic mistranslation during the interview don't seem great, when you consider that Miyamoto is rarely interviewed without several Nintendo reps flanking him. It's certainly possible that his role shift is not something that's happening in the immediate, and that his talk with Wired simply jumped the gun in making it known. Or maybe his translator really is just that bad. I don't know.

What I do know is that Nintendo would really, really like to continue saying that Shigeru Miyamoto is involved in developing all of their major franchises. And it seems like their stockholders would really, really like for them to continue saying that as well. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what Mr. Miyamoto says next.

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Shigeru Miyamoto is not retiring from game development, but things are definitely changing for gaming’s best known designer.

The creator of Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda has been the guiding hand of Nintendo creative efforts for years, generally overseeing the company’s biggest projects.

Wired reports Miyamoto will be changing his role at Nintendo, remaining at the company but working on smaller projects, allowing some of the younger staff to step up their roles.

“What I really want to do is be in the forefront of game development once again myself,” said Miyamoto. “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.”

Miyamoto said he expected to start on a new project in 2012, and will hopefully show his new creation off in the next year. He expressed interest in moving away from overly long development cycles.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen something truly personal from Miyamoto. Hey, maybe this is a good thing.

Staff
#1 Posted by patrickklepek (3508 posts) -

UPDATE: In a move that is perhaps unsurprising given the fact that Nintendo's stock dropped 2% following the spread of this story, Nintendo is now denying that Miyamoto's role is changing at all. The publisher sent out an official statement late last night to refute the quotes from the Wired story.

"This is absolutely not true," said a spokeswoman for Nintendo. "There seems to have been a misunderstanding. He has said all along that he wants to train the younger generation.

"He has no intention of stepping down. Please do not be concerned."

"Please do not be concerned" sounds exactly like the kind of thing you say when you're trying to soothe panicky investors. Another, later statement went even further, specifically stating that Miyamoto's role is not changing at all.

"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."

The odds of this being a gigantic mistranslation during the interview don't seem great, when you consider that Miyamoto is rarely interviewed without several Nintendo reps flanking him. It's certainly possible that his role shift is not something that's happening in the immediate, and that his talk with Wired simply jumped the gun in making it known. Or maybe his translator really is just that bad. I don't know.

What I do know is that Nintendo would really, really like to continue saying that Shigeru Miyamoto is involved in developing all of their major franchises. And it seems like their stockholders would really, really like for them to continue saying that as well. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what Mr. Miyamoto says next.

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Shigeru Miyamoto is not retiring from game development, but things are definitely changing for gaming’s best known designer.

The creator of Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda has been the guiding hand of Nintendo creative efforts for years, generally overseeing the company’s biggest projects.

Wired reports Miyamoto will be changing his role at Nintendo, remaining at the company but working on smaller projects, allowing some of the younger staff to step up their roles.

“What I really want to do is be in the forefront of game development once again myself,” said Miyamoto. “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.”

Miyamoto said he expected to start on a new project in 2012, and will hopefully show his new creation off in the next year. He expressed interest in moving away from overly long development cycles.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen something truly personal from Miyamoto. Hey, maybe this is a good thing.

Staff
#2 Edited by kevinpyon (50 posts) -

Pikmin, maybe? HAA

#3 Posted by SSully (4129 posts) -

This could actually be really good. He can put out good, small games, fast! I look forward to hearing more about this.

#4 Edited by Crushed (884 posts) -

@kevtheasian said:

ok

Don't strain yourself with excitement there, chief.

#5 Posted by kevinpyon (50 posts) -

@Crushed said:

@kevtheasian said:

ok

Don't strain yourself with excitement there, chief.

I'm strained.

#6 Posted by Psykhophear (939 posts) -

That's a good thing to do. Giving the small fries to shine but guiding them at the same time. I'd give anything for him to be my mentor.

#7 Posted by KaneRobot (1435 posts) -

@Crushed said:

@kevtheasian said:

ok

Don't strain yourself with excitement there, chief.

Yeah, I know people have a boner for the first post achievement, but I would enjoy seeing it taken away from people who can't do much better than that.

#8 Posted by JJOR64 (18914 posts) -

Definitely looking forward to his new project.

#9 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10552 posts) -

Small != bad. Hopefully it's something innovative. I expect nothing less from Miyamoto!

#10 Posted by Nightriff (4923 posts) -

I'll look foreword to seeing what he does, but he is getting there in age and retirement can't seem that far off for him, this probably will be better in the long run if he wants to continue to have a role in video game design

#11 Posted by Darknezz (64 posts) -

10 years later, Nintendo's newest IP is also its biggest and best, while Mario games have shown a sharp decline in quality, and a new Zelda hasn't been released since the 3DS game.

#12 Posted by kevinpyon (50 posts) -

@KaneRobot said:

@Crushed said:

@kevtheasian said:

ok

Don't strain yourself with excitement there, chief.

Yeah, I know people have a boner for the first post achievement, but I would enjoy seeing it taken away from people who can't do much better than that.

Profound insight, there. You are right - I will cancel my subscription and exile myself from this website.

Also, I don't care.

#13 Edited by Daveyo520 (6662 posts) -

Well, huh.. Bye Nintendo? Maybe they are seeing this as a way to get into the changing world of the mobile/handheld market. Then not bye Nintendo. Also a game made just by him would not be a bad thins.

#14 Posted by DazzHardy (670 posts) -

At least this might result in some cool stuff coming to WiiUware and the 3DS shop. Small downloadable games from Shigeru Miyamoto ? Yes Plz.

#15 Posted by Eribuster (484 posts) -

This must mean Nintendo eShop games overseen by Miyamoto! Sweet.

#16 Posted by RobKenno (99 posts) -

Good for him to try something new. Could of just stayed doing what he does and collecting his fat paycheck

#17 Posted by Dagbiker (6939 posts) -
@MooseyMcMan

Small != bad. Hopefully it's something innovative. I expect nothing less from Miyamoto!

Did you expect the virtual boy?
#18 Posted by Scrumdidlyumptious (1639 posts) -

I'm sure he'll be able to produce a much more exciting new IP than Mario or Zelda again. This news actually makes me extremely interested in a buying a new Nintendo console after so many years without one.

#19 Posted by JasonR86 (9611 posts) -

This sounds awesome. The smaller the projects, the more chances he can take because the potential loss is smaller. I think it might lead to a lot of cool projects coming from him. Plus, new people taking over the bigger franchises might lead to new, maybe even better, ideas. This sounds like a good move.

#20 Edited by Shaka999 (456 posts) -

Wait, Kotaku is reporting that he's retiring from Nintendo altogether. Anyone know if he's still with Nintendo or not?

#21 Posted by iAmJohn (6110 posts) -

@Darknezz said:

10 years later, Nintendo's newest IP is also its biggest and best, while Mario games have shown a sharp decline in quality, and a new Zelda hasn't been released since the 3DS game.

What? Did you play Galaxy 2 and 3D Land? Have you even heard of Skyward Sword? Am I being trolled here?

#22 Posted by GlenTennis (3144 posts) -

Sounds great. He gets to focus on projects he may be more passionate on and we get a fresh take on games like Zelda and Mario. Seems like a win/win.

#23 Posted by SirPenguin (43 posts) -

"Something really small" = Pikmin 3 2012 CONFIRMED

#24 Posted by Icemael (6312 posts) -

This could lead to something wonderful (another Super Mario World or The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past) or something completely uninteresting (another Wii Music), and I'm not sure which is more likely.

#25 Posted by RE_Player1 (7551 posts) -

I think this is a good thing. I'd love to see some new smaller concepts come out of Miyamoto rather than the one big game every once and awhile.

#26 Posted by smitty86 (697 posts) -

@iAmJohn: You're being trolled man. "Nintendo's newest IP is also it biggest and best" was the 1st tip off.

#27 Edited by MentalDisruption (1618 posts) -

This could be the best thing for Nintendo right now. Looking forward to see what the mind of Miyamoto has in store for us, and what any newcomers might bring to the table. For better or worse, Nintendo definitely needs some kind of change.

#28 Posted by Dalai (7002 posts) -

This sounds like Miyamoto going back to his roots rather than a retirement. It makes a lot of sense since he's passed some of his biggest franchises to others at Nintendo so maybe this is a way to bring something brand new.

#29 Posted by SlackerMonkey (97 posts) -

@Shaka999 said:

Wait, Kotaku is reporting that he's retiring from Nintendo altogether. Anyone know if he's still with Nintendo or not?

From the original Wired article: "The creator of Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda will step down from his current position at Nintendo but remain with the company to work on smaller, more personal projects, Wired.com has learned."

#30 Posted by claudius (185 posts) -

I'm actually happy about this. Nintendo hasn't created a new IP since Pikmin and with him working on smaller stuff hopefully more new stuff can come out of there.

#31 Posted by csl316 (8172 posts) -

This could be cool.  I'd like to see something smaller, maybe more focused on creative.

#32 Posted by Hailinel (23963 posts) -

This sounds like a great move. It gives the younger staff more autonomy to try their hands while Miyamoto can go back to creating more personal titles, and I'd love to see what sort of games he could make on a smaller scale with today's tech. I also wonder what sort of Zelda Aonuma's team might produce if Miyamoto isn't as heavily involved as a producer for the next game.

#33 Edited by Masha2932 (1241 posts) -

Please make one HD game before you move on to smaller projects Mr.Miyamoto. Please!

#34 Posted by wumbo3000 (942 posts) -

This is the best thing that can happen to Nintendo. Maybe the younger developers won't feel shackled by the all the same tropes we've seen in past Nintendo games and can start trying new things. And I'm not even talking about creating new franchises; I would love to see a brand new take on classic series such as Zelda.

#35 Posted by Hailinel (23963 posts) -

@Masha2932 said:

Please make one HD game before you move on to smaller projects Mr.Miyamoto. Please!

HD doesn't matter. His focus has always been on gameplay. While his games have some of the best graphics you'll ever see on any Nintendo platform, graphics aren't the reason his work is revered.

#36 Posted by BBQBram (2205 posts) -

YES

#37 Posted by Shaka999 (456 posts) -

@SlackerMonkey: *facepalm*

I'm fucking stupid. Should've just read the original article, thanks for the response.

#38 Posted by DG991 (1344 posts) -

@iAmJohn: not sure if trolling, or really really stupid.

I am excited. Oh man, I can't imagine what new character we will encounter.

#39 Edited by Kosayn (452 posts) -

Hopefully this is preamble for "Original IP coming at Wii U Launch." I'm sure his juniors have had time to think of something, anything, when they're on break from the Mario Mines.

#40 Posted by DonutFever (3550 posts) -

Cool.

#41 Posted by Blair (2501 posts) -

@Hailinel said:

This sounds like a great move. It gives the younger staff more autonomy to try their hands while Miyamoto can go back to creating more personal titles, and I'd love to see what sort of games he could make on a smaller scale with today's tech. I also wonder what sort of Zelda Aonuma's team might produce if Miyamoto isn't as heavily involved as a producer for the next game.

Agreed.

#42 Posted by DarthOrange (3852 posts) -

really really small, like his..............

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#43 Posted by SleepyDoughnut (1199 posts) -

awesome.

#44 Posted by Slaker117 (4835 posts) -

I like this idea.

#45 Posted by UncleBenny (423 posts) -

the last couple of years feels like a monumental shift in the concept of game development, I don't know what it means for Miyamoto to step down, but I hope it is the death knell for the current trend of Japanese game development.

Also, foot in mouth, but I really should go play vanquish, bayonetta, and shadow of the damned to support interesting japanese game developers.

#46 Posted by algertman (852 posts) -

Pikmin 3 at launch for WiiU.

#47 Edited by Hector (3356 posts) -

That's great news. Hopefully his magic works on these smaller games.

#48 Posted by Ben_H (3315 posts) -

Pikmin? Please? Pretty please? With sugar on top? PLEEEAAASSSEEEEEE?

#49 Posted by RankRabbit (394 posts) -

Wired is garbage, their articles are as relevant as the crap that shows up on the yahoo front page.

#50 Posted by Tan (425 posts) -

As long as he still shows up at e3 to swing around a master sword, I'm happy...

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