UPDATE: According to several sources, Nintendo has denied this story, saying Miyamoto is not retiring from his position after all.

Shigeru Miyomoto declared in an interview with wired.com that he will be retiring as the head of Nintendo’s EAD: Entertainment, Analysis, and Development department. He has said that he will not be retiring from Nintendo entirely, but will be stepping down to become involved more so in the direct development of games rather than the supervision of the development of huge titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Super Mario 3D Land.

Hit the jump for some quotes taken from the interview between wired.com and Miyamoto.

“Inside our office, I’ve been recently declaring, ‘I’m going to retire, I’m going to retire,’” Miyamoto said through his interpreter. “I’m not saying that I’m going to retire from game development altogether. What I mean by retiring is, retiring from my current position.”

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

“In other words, I’m not intending to start from things that require a five-year development time,” he said.

He was also noted saying that he is hoping to start a project in 2012 and show the game publicly within the year.

He also noted that he feels comfortable stepping down from his position, as he feels that his staff have done a fantastic job with games inside both the Zelda and Mario series.

“I’m saying this because I have a solid reaction from the existing teams,” he said. “I was able to nurture the developers inside Nintendo who were able to create something like this or something like that,” he said, gesturing to banners in the interview room in Nintendo’s office that showed the logos of Skyward Sword and Super Mario 3D Land.

“The reason why I’m stressing that is that unless I say that I’m retiring, I cannot nurture the young developers,” he said. “After all, if I’m there in my position as it is, then there’s always kind of a relationship. And the young guys are always kind of in a situation where they have to listen to my ideas. But I need some people who are growing up much more than today.”

It is noted that he seemed rather excited to begin new projects in the future.

“Anyway, I’m interested in doing a variety of many other things,” he said with a cryptic smile.


Source: wired.com


  • Luke

    Good luck to you, Shiggy.

  • Topaz Mutiny

    On one hand, I'm absolutely startled. Who's gonna be the head of the EAD now?

    On the other, I find it absolutely charming that he wants to be more involved with games again. It shows that he really is dedicated to his work, hobby, and love.

    Lastly, does this mean tea tables can breathe a sigh of relief? :B

  • Nayru-son

    "There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one!"
    And that's how I got where I came to be today…

    Oh, people want an actual post? Well then, I'd really like to see a Miyamoto-developed game (perhaps something that could turn out like cave story, but with a Zelda set up).

    I could easily see him making several games that could become cult-classics (though, with all the Zelda fans out there, it'd be a VERY large cult) or indie games that revolutionize what indie games are defined as, of course, that's in addition to the help he'll inevitably be given the next generation of nintendo game designers.

    To coin a phrase, "I've scattered the seeds of the future."

  • MrDudeyRock

    What the EFFFFFF !?
    He's like god ..

  • bob

    He's done some great things, but Nintendo is getting very complacent with itself. In with the new, out with the old.

    • Typhoon

      That's the least respectful way you could possibly have phrased that…

  • ProfessorN64

    i wana join him 😀

  • lord-of-shadow

    So, in other words, he's making games again, something he hasn't done in years.

    Sounds good to me.

  • Exolon

    He needs a well-deserved rest, for creating my childhood.

  • Soeroah

    I look forward to seeing great new things from him, but I'll understand if he also wants to relax a bit before true retirement.

    Miyamoto, you rock.

  • cloverplayer

    Dang, first notch, and now this!

  • RedBearLuX

    Apparently this is false Nintendo have denied this, and said Miyamoto has always shown interest in teaching the younger generation but he is NOT stepping down from his current position.

  • Link and Cuccos

    Miyamoto is not stepping down:

  • Windfish


  • Gerudude

    Guess Zelda will never be the same. since he has always had the final word on it.

  • Weevil

    he is not actually stepping down it was just a big misunderstanding

  • If I could describe Miyamoto-San with one word, it would be legendary. He did start the Legend of Zelda, after all.

    I was almost aghast to learn of this news myself. But it is much better than him retiring, because he'll still be helping younger developers master their trade.

    • Zelda3607

      super mario bros was 1st.anyway Zelda and mario are my FAVORITEST vidoe game series ever always has been and in 99.99% sure itll stay like that

      • Zelda3607

        oh sorry mis read that (reading the news shigeru is making me not think straight…

  • Weevil

    An official statement has been issued by Nintendo:

    "Video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto's role at Nintendo is not changing. He will continue to be a driving force in Nintendo's development efforts. In discussing his priorities at Nintendo in a media interview, Mr. Miyamoto explained how he is encouraging the younger developers at the company to take more initiative and responsibility for developing software. He attempted to convey his priorities moving forward, inclusive of overseeing all video game development and ensuring the quality of all products. Mr. Miyamoto also discussed his desire to pursue fresh ideas and experiences of the kind that sparked his initial interest in video games."

  • HeroofTime

    Please don’t go!! D’x I hope this isn’t true ='(

  • Syron
  • Sam

    This is not true. It is just a rumor. In fact, Nintendo has officially denied it and confirmed that he is not retiring. Find better sources, ZU!

    • Cody

      As a fan site there's a certain degree of trust we have to have in news from big official sites because we don't have reporters to send ourselves. So when a big source like Wired quotes Miyamoto saying: "I'm not saying that I'm going to retire from game development altogether. What I mean by retiring is, retiring from my current position" then it would be dumb not to report about it.

  • jmoods

    I smell a rat. Anybody else think there's some dirty politics keeping Miyamoto in his position? Sounded like he really wanted to step down.



  • Hyrule's Shadow

    I have ONE thing to say to Mr. Miyamoto, THANK YOU for creating the best video game series that literally changed my life,thank you for being a part of something that I have been part of all along, Mr. Miyamoto, YOU are the reason I started to love video games, I have to thank you for that.
    Arigato Shigeru Miyamoto…

    • Zelda3607

      same here and i didnt know how to spell arigato(thanks) until i saw this.

      • Hyrule's Shadow

        you're welcome! 🙂

  • Zelda3607

    im curious if the resources saying this isnt true is telling the truth i jumped when i read this i kinda misinterpret until i calmed down lol.

  • ijuin

    Miyamoto created the Mario and Zelda franchises. Who knows? By returning to a more hands-on role, he just might create the next big thing.

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