In an interview with Wired, Shigeru Miyamoto told the world that he will soon be retiring from his current position at Nintendo to one that is much less involved, possibly heading up a small team of young developers.
For those not familiar with Miyamoto, he is a legend of the industry. Without him the follow games and characters would never exist:
- Donkey Kong
- Captain Falcon (F-Zero)
- The Legend of Zelda
Miyamoto was also much more than just a game designer, for much of the last decade he was the face of Nintendo, often presenting new games and product lines at events like E3. He also was key to development on both the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS consoles and fostered in a new era of motion control gameplay.
Miyamoto holding Nintendo Wii controller
While the last notable original title I can think of from the man was Pikmin, back in 2001, he has been involved in many other high-profile Nintendo titles such as Super Mario Galaxy and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, of which he created the source games for back on arcade cabinets and the original NES console.
Its the end of an era for both Miyamoto and Nintendo and while it doesn’t look like he will be quitting the game design business, it does look like he will be much less involved in the future business of Nintendo, who I believe should feel extremely lucky to have someone so talented and insightful for so long.
Nintendo’s Miyamoto Stepping Down, Working on Smaller Games