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Miyamoto steps down
Topic Started: Dec 7 2011, 10:31 PM (331 Views)
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Legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto is "retiring" from his current role at the company in order to make smaller, more personal games, according to an interview with Wired today.

"I'm not saying that Iím going to retire from game development altogether," the Nintendo senior managing director told the site. "What I mean by retiring is, retiring from my current position."

Miyamoto will step down from his current role at Nintendo.
Miyamoto told Wired that he wants to "be in the forefront of game development once again," working on smaller projects, either alone or with younger developers. Currently he oversees longer term projects that take as long as five years to make. Miyamoto said he hopes to start work on one of his smaller projects soon, and be able to show it off before the end of 2012.

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UPDATE 10:14am GMT 12/8/11

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."

UPDATE 12:55am PST 12/8/11

More clarity on Miyamoto's role comes courtesy of Bloomberg Japan.

According to a Nintendo representative, Miyamoto will be focusing more of his attention on training younger developers. This will result in him "reducing his involvement" on game development, but he will still focus in on major titles. Miyamoto is not leaving his current post as the director and manager of EAD.

UPDATE 12:10am PST 12/8/11

Contacted by Reuters Japan, Nintendo is denying a report from Wired that Shigeru Miyamoto is stepping down from his current role as Senior Managing Director and General Manager of Nintendo's Entertainment Analysis and Development Division.

"This is absolutely not true. There seems to have been a misunderstanding. [Miyamoto] has said all along that he wants to train the younger generation. He has no intention of stepping down. Please do not be concerned," a Nintendo of Japan spokeswoman told Reuters.

Nintendo's stock had dropped 2% by the close of trading on Thursday in Japan.
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