In an exclusive interview with Wired.com Shigeru Miyamoto, the head of Nintendo’s game design department spoke about his eager want to get away from merely managing the development of Nintendo’s front line games in pursuit of working directly with the younger game designers currently working for Nintendo.
“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.”
The creator of Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda went on to mention that he would really like to start a brand new project in 2012, a small enough project that he could invite the public to view the game within the year. Shigeru Miyamoto is easily the most influencial game designer in our industry and it is good to see that he is not only willing to, but wants to make room for, and train younger developers to one day fill his shoes. Though we may never see another designer quite as talented as Mr. Miyamoto, we love seeing the results of when people try.