At first Mr. Miyamoto said in an interview with Wired that he was retiring or, at the very least, stepping down from managing big projects to focus on smaller projects. But now Nintendo is saying that was all a misunderstanding.
I think the former is true. He’s 59 years old and I’m sure his role in the company has been scaling back for years now. Nintendo will continue to function without him, but I don’t know where they’ll find that spark. Like Steve Jobs, he was the driving force for many of the company’s hit products.
We’ll continue to get Mario and Zelda games, but what about the next great idea? I hope those younger developers that he’s training up absorb as much of his creativity as they can because surviving on Miyamoto’s creations alone isn’t going to cut it.