Nintendo Denies That Mario's Creator Is "Retiring"

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."

Nintendo denies report games designer Miyamoto to retire [Reuters]

(Top photo by Kevork Djansezian | Getty)

Comments

    Good news! Although his quote from Wired very clearly says hes retiring, so I dunno how this was confused. Maybe translator fd up

    I like how kotaku pumped out the "farewell" post without confirming it with Nintendo. Quality journalism.

      None of the 'name' sites did, you know who did though, the Reuters people. This isn't news, or journalism, it's FUBAR.

      Except that unless it's finalized nintendo isn't going to admit to it.

      They are worried about share's and hearing that one of the guy's that has made the thing a powerhouse would be a bad thing for share prices.

      Even if it turn's out to be a bald faced lie on nintendo's part, or he simply hasn't retired yet but does plan on going through with it. Nintendo most likely want to have set in a certain light to keep the shares strong

    i thought that it was well known that he wasn't actually retiring, but just moving to a different position...

      Which when it comes to share price's is the same thing as retiring.

      He might still be in the company but if he aint at the top level's helping guide the company as a whole and is instead sitting in an office with a bunch of grad student's. Sure he could create some great game's with them and he could help to ensure that in 10-15 year's time nintendo is still a powerhouse as a result.

      But in the short term it is viewed as a potential power vaccum with the potential for him to be replaced with someone who doesn't make the right decision's.

    I personally think he's retiring, and Nintendo is trying to cover it up until it's all finalised and a successor is lined up.

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