Report: Mario Creator Shigeru Miyamoto Stepping Down from Current Position

by Mike Bendel December 7, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

According to a Wired report, Mario and Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto is stepping down from his current position at Nintendo. He plans on staying at the company, albeit in more of an advisory role. Miyamoto wants to focus on smaller projects, rather than big-budget productions that require multiple years of development time.

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

He added, “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.”

At 59 years old, Miyamoto has stood at the forefront of Nintendo for a long time. He feels the company’s in-house teams have learned enough from him to tackle further developments without his direct guidance.

“I’m saying this because I have a solid reaction from the existing teams. I was able to nurture the developers inside Nintendo who were able to create something like this or something like that.”

Miyamoto plans to start work on one of these smaller projects later next year.

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