Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the original Mario and Zelda games, was interviewed by Official Nintendo Magazine UK for their special 100th issue. He said he trusts the producers that he has trained to work on new Zelda games, including Eiji Aonuma!
Asked who his star apprentices are, Miyamoto said:
“As you saw at our presentation at E3, Mr. Aonuma chased me off stage… he doesn’t need me any more! The final responsibility for the title still comes down to me and I’m still involved in the games, but i’m definitely able to leave the series up to him in a way.”
When Miyamoto was asked how he oversees Aonuma’s game development process, he added:
“I don’t have to look at every minute detail of every game any more. I know there’s going to be the level of quality that we expect under his supervision.”
Miyamoto also praised the other producers that he has trained.
“Similarly, we have Koizumi-san, who’s the producer or the Mario series and it’s the same type of situation. And certainly Konno-san with Mario Kart, too. And Mr. Eguchi, producer of the Animal Crossing series. These are the main producers that we’ve trained who are talented enough and we can allow them to oversee the project and manage all the details and still maintain the Nintendo level of quality.”
Recently, Aonuma expressed his dream about receiving approval from Miyamoto about the quality of his games. This definitely sounds like the type of praise Aonuma was dreaming about! You can read the full interview with Miyamoto inside Issue 100 of Official Nintendo Magazine.