Mario's Creator May Never Retire

Shigeru Miyamoto, the legendary Nintendo game designer behind classic series like Mario and Zelda, is nearly 60. Which for most people is approaching retirement age. Not Miyamoto!

No, while he recognises that there'll eventually be a time he stops working for Nintendo, he can't envisage a day where he stops making games altogether.

"Well, I am one of the company workers and the company has to retire me some time", he told magazine GamesTM. "So from that perspective, yes I may have to retire from Nintendo some day."

"But when I look around and see how aged cartoonists continue to work on their manga and how movie directors create new movies all the time, I understand that they would never retire. And by the same token, I guess I will still be making games somehow. The only question is whether the younger people will be willing to work with me at that far point in the future."

Can't see why not. Another pivotal figure in Japanese entertainment, film maker Hayao Miyazaki, is still making great movies and he's nearly 70. He seems to have no trouble finding people to work with, and he doesn't have the kind of money Nintendo has.

Shigeru Miyamoto on Mario Galaxy 2, violence in games and the Vitality Sensor [GamesTM]


    thank goodness, retirement would be such a waste for a talent like him...

    I might be standing alone here but I wish he would. I hate Mario games. However even if he did I'm sure Mario would live on anyways. So I will never retire from loathing that fat plumber, until I die.

      Not a mario fan, but without our fat little plumbing friend the gaming world would be very different methinks

        Absolutely, but Mario is so overused by Nintendo it is beginning to dwarf just how influential the game was and is.

      What about Zelda? or even pikmin?

      He has contributed alot more than just mario.

        Hate Zelda and Pikmin hahaha.

        Loved mario on the NES and yes it had a massive impact on games there and on. However I feel that his style of design is whats holding nintendo back from moving on in a sense (granted pikmin was pretty different however most of his other titles stay pretty true to the same formula). Thats my basic gripe, I can go further and 90% of people dont agree with me but I can live with that hahaha.


    I'm cool with this :D
    It means he has time to redeem himself from some of his recent efforts :P

      yeah im with joshy here, its easy to bash him for recent efforts but he's done so much good before the recent mishaps that he can be forgiven. please dont let the 3DS be gimmicky, and give us something great. pls. thx.

    I wonder if he'll have even weirder concepts if he gets Alzheimers.

    If I liked my job and was good at it, I wouldnt retire either. Your only helping your body slow down.

    If Miyamoto ever retires it will only be because of his choice and his choice. Even if he goes kooky with age Nintendo will not drop him as he is just too symbolic of a person too sacrifice.

    I dont think he should retire, but he definately needs to get his head out of his arse and do some actual research into what gamers want to play. I'm fine with him making Wii Sport games and Wii Fit, but don't continue to ignor the fact that gamers actally want to play real games. and im not talking about another bloody Zelda or Mario sequal (unless gameplay is given a complete makeover).

    Guys! Harsh much?

    Go back and play any of the Super Mario Bros games from 1 through to Galaxy (the western 2 doesn't count -it's not a mario game) and if you play with an open mind I'm sure you will have loads of fun.

    Place these games in context, of what other games were offering at the time and realise how great they were, and remain.

    We hate a lot, but this guy deserves total respect. He has been involved in creating most of their IP.

    I hope he gets to take over from Iwata when he retires.

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