Rumour: Shigeru Miyamoto Stepping Down

#1 Posted by Wong_Fei_Hung (634 posts) -

According to a Neogaf user Shikamaru Ninja, Shigeru Miyamoto is expected to leave Nintendo’s EAD division by December. Apparently, it concerns Miyamoto that his position as EAD General Manager may overshadow the content created by new upcoming producers and directors at Nintendo’s largest division. Takashi Tezuka is rumored to be taking Miyamoto’s place at EAD once he steps down.

Here is a list of the supposed changes at Nintendo, which the user claims are gathered from from various media sources such as Guardian UK, Nikkei and Wired:

  • Major shift in Kyoto development sources involving three new Research & Development buildings
  • Shigeru Miyamoto stepping down as EAD General Manager
  • Takashi Tezuka becoming new EAD General Manager
  • New Groups / New Producers announced for EAD Kyoto / SPD Kyoto
  • EAD Tokyo Expansion / Masahiro Sakurai possibly Joining EAD Tokyo
  • New Division lead by Miyamoto with younger staff focused on smaller scale games
  • Miyamoto’s Departure Inspiring New IPs for the EAD Kyoto Division

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=495509

#2 Posted by MattyFTM (14433 posts) -

That's really not that surprising. There has been talk of his role changing for a while now. He's supposedly already focusing more on smaller projects than the larger ones, stepping down from his General Manager role completely would be the next logical step.

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#3 Posted by Wong_Fei_Hung (634 posts) -

I'm happy about this natural move, it's high time Nintendo let their younger designers reign freer, without tea tables being upended. His new rumoured role sounds perfect both for himself and the company, working with fledgling designers on small projects will fuel a new generation of creativity, which could potentially impact the larger projects.

#4 Posted by GrantHeaslip (1608 posts) -

I don't think this would make a huge difference one way or another -- I've had the impression that Miyamoto hasn't been intimately involved in development for a while anyway. This is fairly in line with that story last year which said mostly the same thing.

The line about "inspiring new IPs" is exactly what I want from Nintendo now. The last major new console IP they put out (discounting the Wii * games) was Pikmin. Games like Mario Galaxy and Skyward Sword are certainly not stagnant, but I think totally new universes are long overdue.

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#5 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4702 posts) -

@GrantHeaslip said:

I don't think this would make a huge difference one way or another -- I've had the impression that Miyamoto hasn't been intimately involved in development for a while anyway. This is fairly in line with that story last year which said mostly the same thing.

The line about "inspiring new IPs" is exactly what I want from Nintendo now. The last major new console IP they put out (discounting the Wii * games) was Pikmin. Games like Mario Galaxy and Skyward Sword are certainly not stagnant, but I think totally new universes are long overdue.

I would love to see Nintendo get in the business of making small and creative games, like what double fine has done. There is a lot of talent at Nintendo and i'd like to see new series and ideas they can come up with.

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#6 Edited by SaFt (390 posts) -

I think these changes, even if it won't really become radically different, is good for Nintendo. New producers with fresh ideas are always welcome.

#7 Posted by Wong_Fei_Hung (634 posts) -

@GrantHeaslip said:

I don't think this would make a huge difference one way or another -- I've had the impression that Miyamoto hasn't been intimately involved in development for a while anyway. This is fairly in line with that story last year which said mostly the same thing.

The line about "inspiring new IPs" is exactly what I want from Nintendo now. The last major new console IP they put out (discounting the Wii * games) was Pikmin. Games like Mario Galaxy and Skyward Sword are certainly not stagnant, but I think totally new universes are long overdue.

What's given you that impression, he's had a hand in practically everything Nintendo has put out recent years. He's been spread thin, he's had no time to focus on some of the thing he'd like to, that's what has prompted all this.

#8 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

@SaFt said:

I think these changes, even if it won't really become radically different, is good for Nintendo. New producers with fresh ideas are always welcome.

Fresh ideas is the number one thing they need right now. They are brilliant game makers, but nintendo's IPs have been more of the same since the wii or even before.

#9 Posted by FreakAche (2955 posts) -

Obviously Miyamoto stepping down is the headline grabber, but I think the restructuring in general might be bigger news.

As much as I love Nintendo, it's been apparent for a while that they're in need of some shake up behind the scenes. The games that are coming out of their Tokyo team have been consistently better than the games coming out of the much larger team in Kyoto. It would be great if they could get all of their studios to that same standard of quality.

#10 Posted by iAmJohn (6135 posts) -

@Wong_Fei_Hung said:

Fuck man, are you kidding me? That would be awesome!

#11 Posted by TheHT (11820 posts) -

@Wong_Fei_Hung said:

@GrantHeaslip said:

I don't think this would make a huge difference one way or another -- I've had the impression that Miyamoto hasn't been intimately involved in development for a while anyway. This is fairly in line with that story last year which said mostly the same thing.

The line about "inspiring new IPs" is exactly what I want from Nintendo now. The last major new console IP they put out (discounting the Wii * games) was Pikmin. Games like Mario Galaxy and Skyward Sword are certainly not stagnant, but I think totally new universes are long overdue.

What's given you that impression, he's had a hand in practically everything Nintendo has put out recent years. He's been spread thin, he's had no time to focus on some of the thing he'd like to, that's what has prompted all this.

That's probably why GrantHeaslip feels that way.

#12 Posted by GrantHeaslip (1608 posts) -

@TheHT said:

@Wong_Fei_Hung said:

@GrantHeaslip said:

I don't think this would make a huge difference one way or another -- I've had the impression that Miyamoto hasn't been intimately involved in development for a while anyway. This is fairly in line with that story last year which said mostly the same thing.

The line about "inspiring new IPs" is exactly what I want from Nintendo now. The last major new console IP they put out (discounting the Wii * games) was Pikmin. Games like Mario Galaxy and Skyward Sword are certainly not stagnant, but I think totally new universes are long overdue.

What's given you that impression, he's had a hand in practically everything Nintendo has put out recent years. He's been spread thin, he's had no time to focus on some of the thing he'd like to, that's what has prompted all this.

That's probably why GrantHeaslip feels that way.

I mean that he seemed to be operating at a pretty high level compared to the NES to early GameCube era. I have the sense he was way more involved in the nitty-gritty of, say, Ocarina of Time compared to Skyward Sword.

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#13 Edited by Wong_Fei_Hung (634 posts) -

@TheHT:

I'm confused, that doesn't make sense..He's been spread thin on the development side, his current role requires him to have a hand in every projects development, at every stage he's required to play-test and provide feedback. How is that not hands-on?

@GrantHeaslip: That's certainly true. His seniority has resulted in that. He doesn't appear to be happy about that aspect of his current role, in recent interviews he often mentions his eagerness to apply focus on fewer projects like the old days.

#14 Posted by Phatmac (5730 posts) -

Makes sense. Good puck to Shiggy and Nintendo.

#15 Posted by Phatmac (5730 posts) -
@Phatmac
Makes sense. Good puck to Shiggy and Nintendo.
Luck.
#16 Posted by TheHT (11820 posts) -

@Wong_Fei_Hung said:

@TheHT:

I'm confused, that doesn't make sense..He's been spread thin on the development side, his current role requires him to have a hand in every projects development, at every stage he's required to play-test and provide feedback. How is that not hands-on?

@GrantHeaslip: That's certainly true. His seniority has resulted in that. He doesn't appear to be happy about that aspect of his current role, in recent interviews he often mentions his eagerness to apply focus on fewer projects like the old days.

Because he's spread so thin, he may not be able to be "intimately involved" with any particular game. If it's like you said, and he's not had time to really focus on some things, then that could have come through in the games.

#17 Posted by awadnin (275 posts) -

I like this rumor because of these two things below:

1. Miyamoto will have freedom to design new games by himself, and in the same he will train younger staff about how to make great games. I think this will help Nintendo's future.

2.Masahiro Sakurai Will come back again to Nintendo as an employer. According to the rumor, he will join to EAD Tokyo, so he will be a great addition to this branch. I think Nintendo aims to make this branch get bigger to make more games.

#18 Posted by EpicSteve (6499 posts) -

He's starting a company with Cliffy B.

#19 Posted by Dalai (7074 posts) -

@EpicSteve said:

He's starting a company with Cliffy B.

And making a new Jazz Jackrabbit for the Wii U.

#20 Posted by Metric_Outlaw (1173 posts) -

That all sounds like great news actually. I am really excited to see Miyamoto working on new IPs.

#21 Posted by Zekhariah (695 posts) -

The three new R&D centers is the most interesting part to me. That seems like it could lead to a shorter cycle for the Wii U (4 year?) and 3DS (Nintendo did say it would be quicker than the DS lifetime). Like a new clean slate design for a higher performance console in 2015, around the time semiconductor manufacturing is supposed to be at 14nm (ignoring Intel being there a few years earlier). Or maybe a Nintendo game development framework that could be made available to 3rd parties.....

But its probably just research to improve the performance of Mii Verse and trying to figure out the social networking stuff >.>.

Hopefully Miyamoto, if he switches roles, enjoys it and stays on in the business. Him moving around - sure. But getting out entirely would be a loss. If nothing else, having him involved should drastically improve the odds of any good new IPs receiving the sort of attention they need.

#22 Edited by Wong_Fei_Hung (634 posts) -

@Zekhariah said:

The three new R&D centers is the most interesting part to me. That seems like it could lead to a shorter cycle for the Wii U (4 year?) and 3DS (Nintendo did say it would be quicker than the DS lifetime). Like a new clean slate design for a higher performance console in 2015, around the time semiconductor manufacturing is supposed to be at 14nm (ignoring Intel being there a few years earlier). Or maybe a Nintendo game development framework that could be made available to 3rd parties.....

But its probably just research to improve the performance of Mii Verse and trying to figure out the social networking stuff >.>.

Hopefully Miyamoto, if he switches roles, enjoys it and stays on in the business. Him moving around - sure. But getting out entirely would be a loss. If nothing else, having him involved should drastically improve the odds of any good new IPs receiving the sort of attention they need.

In addition to the three, Monolith soft have set up a studio right next to the Kyoto HQ.

#23 Posted by Demoskinos (15166 posts) -

@MattyFTM said:

That's really not that surprising. There has been talk of his role changing for a while now. He's supposedly already focusing more on smaller projects than the larger ones, stepping down from his General Manager role completely would be the next logical step.

Yeah, I mean wasn't this a big ticket news item like early in the spring or something? I remember a bunch of hub-bub about pretty much the same thing.

#24 Posted by wumbo3000 (1007 posts) -

@EpicSteve said:

He's starting a company with Cliffy B.

Ray and Greg are going to lead the company they're making right?

#25 Posted by NoobSauceG7 (1257 posts) -

Well from what many people have said, he isn't really developing the games that much. He is looking over to make sure everything is in check. Plus this has been a thought for a while (and he is getting kinda old, but still good!)

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