Shigeru Miyamoto, the name behind a large chunk of Nintendo’s popular franchises, the man who most would see as Nintendo itself is now preparing the firm for his impending retirement.
This year Miyamoto turns 61 and the mere thought of him leaving Nintendo probably frightens consumers. However, speaking to Gamespot he informed that necessary steps have been taken to prepare the company when he’s gone.
“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,” Miyamoto said. “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.” The initiative taken is to prepare the company until Miyamoto can finally leave Nintendo behind in good hands.
He added that he wants the younger generation to stop looking for him for direction, “For a long time I’ve been thinking that we need to try to break [the] structure down so that the individual producers that I’m working with are really taking responsibility for the projects that they’re working on.”
“And as I like to say, 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. 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.”
Shigeru Miyamoto’s next major title Pikmin 3 is due for release later this year for the Wii U.