Miyamoto returns to grass-roots game development

Miyamoto returns to grass-roots game development

By Rob Crossley

December 8th 2011 at 9:49AM

Zelda creator wants to step away from day-to-day management and build new, smaller games for Nintendo

Shigeru Miyamoto, widely seen as Nintendo’s most prolific and respected employee, has signalled his intention to return to more direct development of game projects.

Much of the 59 year-old’s time is currently spent managing the Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development branch, but the creator of Zelda and Mario said he wants to move away from divisional supervision and “be at the forefront of game development once again.”

The senior Nintendo executive said he could soon be working on smaller projects with younger developers.

“Or I might be interested in making something that I can make myself, by myself. Something really small. I’m not intending to start from things that require a five-year development time. I’m interested in doing a variety of many other things,” he told Wired.

“Inside our office, I've been recently declaring, 'I'm going to retire, I'm going to retire’," he said.

"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."

Shares in Nintendo fell by 2 per cent on Thursday, following reports that Miyamoto was to retire altogether.

"He has no intention of stepping down,” a Nintendo spokesperson said.

Miyamoto’s claim that he is to build new games from scratch comes after Eiji Aonuma, another respected Nintendo designer, stated his intention to be in complete control of future Zelda projects.