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Legendary Nintendo designer, Shigeru Miyamoto teases game industry with talk of retirement...
When it comes to games designers, they don't come more highly respected, formative, or critically lauded than Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto. So, when the creator of Mario and Zelda mentions the possibility of retirement, naturally the game industry's ears prick up and listen intently.
“Inside our office, I’ve been recently declaring, ‘I’m going to retire, I’m going to retire,’” Miyamoto-san told Wired. “I’m not saying that I’m going to retire from game development altogether. What I mean by retiring is, retiring from my current position.”
“What I really want to do is be in the forefront of game development once again myself,” he continued. “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.”
Naturally, this has left Nintendo's PR department all aflutter – comments like this from somebody as important as Miyamoto-san can even drive down Nintendo's stock prices, a point not lost in a Reuters report that carries this quote from an official Nintendo spokesperson:
"This is absolutely not true," the spokesperson said. "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," the statement added.
Personally, we're not the slightest bit concerned – it's hard to imagine anything more appealing than Shigeru Miyamoto getting back to his development roots by creating more personal projects again. If there's one thing we are worried about though, it's that Nintendo executives won't grant his wishes for fear that his absence from the company's biggest products and icons might harm its image.
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