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Submitted by Gwynne Dixon on December 13 2011 - 17:00

Following reports of his possible retirement, Shigeru Miyamoto sets the record straight...

Last week, Shigeru Miyamoto temporarily shocked the game world with talk of his retirement – we say temporarily because Nintendo were very quick to send out a PR communiqué clarifying that this was not, in fact, the case and Miyamoto-san has no intention of stepping down.

To hammer that point home, Miyamoto-san has now spoken publicly on the subject again, telling the San Francisco Chronicle, "Nothing has changed, and nothing will be changed in the near future as to my role inside of the company."

And all that talk of him focusing on smaller projects? Another miscommunication it seems: "Whenever we try to create something brand new, we have to start from a very small, capable team. When a big company is trying to do something really new, it's not a good idea for many people to work on it from the start."

So he is working on something new then? "Until the time that we are ready to commercialise it, it's not something we can disclose," he told the publication.

Panic over then. Personally, we're a little disappointed that Miyamoto-san isn't going to be working on smaller, more personal projects in future (as initial reports had indicated) and although his initial quotes did seem to be pretty clear, the margins for misunderstanding through translation are vast.

We've conducted hundreds of interviews with Japanese devs through a translator in the past and, given the different turns of phrase and precise meanings of words in each culture, misquotes are commonplace and inevitable.

It's probably not that the journalist has reworded the response to fit their article, and will more likely be that the translated response is a touch off the mark of what the developer actually said. It seems highly likely that this is what's happened here, so drama over folks! Return to your business...

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By: freeradical

Added:Thu 08th Dec 2011 15:10, Post No: 48

@Post 47: I agree. Clearly he now works in more of an overseeing role at Nintendo, which is why it's great to hear that he wants to return to more personal projects. Some of his greatest innovations in gaming have come from influences in his personal life or childhood experiences - it would be great to see him drawing from that again.


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By: Anonymous

Added:Thu 08th Dec 2011 13:54, Post No: 47

But what about his input designing and shaping Nintendo's hardware and overall strategies? I believe that's what he's referring to and no wonder Nintendo's PRs are trying to downplay the situation.


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By: Anonymous

Added:Mon 28th Nov 2011 22:26, Post No: 46

[#@!?] sucks
 


By: SegaBoy

Added:Wed 30th Mar 2011 16:55, Post No: 45

Couldnt believe how many times the 3DS crashes - usually Nintendo devices are pretty reliable...

Shame you cant just blow the dust out of the cartridge...


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By: Anonymous

Added:Wed 30th Mar 2011 16:39, Post No: 44

Re-format your SD memory card. It fixed it for me :D


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By: Anonymous

Added:Sun 27th Mar 2011 12:06, Post No: 43

COME TO BELFAST


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By: Anonymous

Added:Sat 05th Mar 2011 12:18, Post No: 42

nintendo has nothing to worry about as for a handheld to play proper hand held games yu need buttons and thats just what the ipod/phone doesnt have (ever tried playing an FPS on the ipod/phone its the worst experience youll ever have) never mind graphics on a handheld graphcs never takes over its always gameplay hands down, nintendo knows what its doing the only way apple can compete with nintendo is if they add buttons to the ipod/phone and we know that just isnt going to happen.


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By: Anonymous

Added:Thu 03rd Mar 2011 20:12, Post No: 41

i think the 3ds will be  the most popular handheld in quite sometime i saw a video of the launch in japan and the store the reporters were in had WALLS of 3ds accessories and nintendo zone kiosks thats why its so popular there i hope nintendo considers putting the nintendo zones here in the us the only think that can ruin any good systems is accessabilityit has to be available and fully usable by the public i do believe nintendo has what it takes to compete with apple but their gonna have to up the anty that means blue tooth skype facebook android market get the hint they just need to stay on top of the tech trends and theyll be fine its not the piracy thats the issue it that nintendos systems usually use older technology which in retrospect leaves it slightly lacking but as a true nintendo fan i say NINTENDO 4 EVER!


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By: Anonymous

Added:Mon 17th Jan 2011 14:14, Post No: 40

wow lol.  i didn't even know a ds-vs-psp 'war' existed haha.

surely they're not comparable?  they're two very different beats.  maybe psp2 with its touch pad technology can be compared to it.

 

for ME.  (notice i said me, meaning the following sentance isn't fact, merely my own opinion).

the psp2 having 2 analogue sticks gets me all excited that i might actually be able to play proper gamer games properly on it.

the DS, which i bought my son many years ago, is 99.9% absolutely rubbish games.  with a handful (excuse the pun) of really really good ones.

the psp, has a wide selection of real games on it.  it really really suffers from having just the one stick though, which psp2 remedies.  so here's hoping it's all i've been hoping for.

and no doubt, i'll get a 3DS for my 11 year old, as that's clearly nintendos target judging by the games on DS.


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By: Anonymous

Added:Wed 01st Sep 2010 10:08, Post No: 39

The DS had less power than the PSP, yet it outsold it easy, when the 3DS comes out (unless sony maniges to release a PSP2 in time which is unlikely) the PSP will be forgoten and kicked out of the handheld market


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