Wired: Miyamoto Is “Retiring”

Wired: Miyamoto Is “Retiring”
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The man behind Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda says he plans to retire from his current position at Nintendo so he can spend time working on smaller projects and with young developers, Wired reported tonight.

Shigeru Miyamoto, 59, told Wired’s Chris Kohler that he’s been telling people in his office that he’s going to retire, but that he means he is retiring from his current position, not from the industry.

“What I really want to do is be in the forefront of game development once again myself,” Miyamoto tells 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.”

The developer says he hopes to show off a new project he’s working on sometimes next year.

Check out the full story over on Wired’s Gamelife.

In a 2007 interview with Kotaku, Miyamoto hinted that he would likely die before he fully retired from Nintendo.

‘I’m Retiring,’ Nintendo’s Miyamoto Tells His Staff [Wired]


  • good time to bust out… ninty is headed down the crapper at its current rate…

    not just hardware wise, but user experience – i would like to play online with my friends thanks, not with random strangers that i cant communicate with because they might be kiddy fiddlers

  • I suppose it was inevitable that he would retire from the top-tier games. Any game that he is involved in will attract a lot of attention though, no matter how small the project is.

  • Honestly, I think this is for the best. The teams have grown, they’re following entrenched design plans. The last ‘different’ game was Pikmin on the GC. Shiggy being by himself or with a small team of NEW developers…I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

  • At least the developers who worked with Miyamoto are still there and are experienced enough to continue with the Mario and Zelda franchise.

    All the best Miyamoto!

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