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Shigeru Miyamoto Retiring, Shigeru Miyamoto Not Retiring


Posted on December 8th, by raymond padilla in Game Developers, Nintendo DS, Wii. 2 comments

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Yesterday, my excellent friend Wired¬†Chris Kohler reported that Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto was planning to “retire” or “step down” in order to work on smaller projects. For the last decade or so, Miyamoto has been more manager than creator. On the handful of occasions I’ve gotten to chat with him, he always mentioned that he missed working on smaller teams and having a more creative role.

Nintendo promptly denied the story, chalking it up to a misunderstanding. Some are speculating that the denial had something (everything?) to do with the company’s stock dipping two percent after Kohler’s story spread throughout the Internet.

In my heart, I believe that Miyamoto has been tired of being in upper management for a long time. I believe that he’d love to “step down” and work on a smaller team with a more creative role.¬†What do you think is really going on? Is Nintendo covering its ass due to the stock dip? Or was this really all a misunderstanding? Post your theory in the comments section (please!).





  • BigBlak

    It's always about money. I wouldn't mind if he did step down and worked on some new IPs.

    • lceman

      Normally, I would agree with you, but I think the Japanese operate on a different set of values. Honor and respect mean way more over there than it does here. I've seen examples of Japan's greed giving way to it's nationality.

      -M