Last last night, a Wired.com report surfaced, stating that Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario and Zelda, said he was “retiring”. Nintendo denied that report today.
According to the original Wired report, Miyamoto apparently said he was stepping down from his current management position so he could work on smaller projects with younger developers.
“What I really want to do is be in the forefront of game development once again myself,” Miyamoto told Wired. “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.”
According to Nintendo, this does not mean he is stepping down. “This is absolutely not true,” a Nintendo spokesperson told Reuters. “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 Wired.com report quoted Miyamoto as stating, “Inside our office, I’ve been recently declaring, ‘I’m going to retire, I’m going to retire.'”
“I’m not saying that I’m going to retire from game development altogether,” Miyamoto said, according to Wired.com. “What I mean by retiring is retiring from my current position.”