Shigeru Miyamoto is the big man on campus in the gaming community. He's the guy who imagined Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong, three of the most popular gaming characters and franchises in the history of gaming. Star Fox? Pikmin? Those are his creations, too. So it was big news when an interview seemingly revealed Miyamoto was planning to step down as head of Nintendo to focus on smaller games, but is he really?
In an interview with Wired, it sure sounds like that's what Miyamoto wants to do, and is going to do.
"Inside our office, I've been recently declaring, 'I'm going to retire, I'm going to retire.' I'm not saying that I'm going to retire from game development altogether. What I mean is, retiring from my current position," Miyamoto told Wired through his interpreter.
"What I really want to do is be in the forefront of game development once again," Miyamoto added. "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."
Investors reacted by selling Nintendo stock and sending share prices down, but it turns out something may have been lost in translation, or maybe Nintendo security blocked the exit. Here's Nintendo's official statement on the matter:
"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."
So there you have it, Donkey Kong's daddy is sticking around.