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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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