Miyamoto: Stepping Back to Let Other Devs have a Bigger Role

by nintendoiso on March 6, 2013

Shigeru Miyamoto is the creator of many of Nintendo’s most popular franchises like Mario and The Legend of Zelda. He is turning 61 this year and has told GameSpot that retirement has been on his mind. He is trying to take a step back and get the younger generation of developers at Nintendo to be more involved in the creation process.

“This year I’m past 60; I’m going to be turning 61 this year. So for me to not be thinking about retirement would be strange,” said Miyamoto. “But in fact, the number of projects I’m involved in–and the volume of my work–hasn’t changed at all.”

“Instead, what we’re doing internally is, on the assumption that there may someday be a time when I’m no longer there,” he continued,” and in order for the company to prepare for that, what I’m doing is pretending like I’m not working on half the projects that I would normally be working on to try to get the younger staff to be more involved.”

While retirement has been on his mind, it is not the reason he is taking a step back. He said that developers use to look at him for approval on decisions, but he now wants them to look at what the consumers wants and not what he wants.

“I try to duck out of the way, so that instead of them looking at me, they’re looking at the consumer and trying to develop their games with the consumer in mind rather than me in mind,” he added. “So it’s really more of looking at this as sort of an opportunity to really try to help develop them and bring them up.”

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