Shigeru Miyamoto Wants To Nurture The Game Devs Of Tomorrow

Shigeru Miyamoto

Nintendo’s legendary managing director wants to take a step back and give more guidance to the next generation of game creators.

Why does the Net feel obligated to break out the crazy while I’m asleep? Honestly, why not wait ’til I’m awake and able to write something out, eh?

As I was checking my Twitter feed on the way to work this morning, I stumbled upon numerous tweets saying that Shigeru Miyamoto, the man who brought us beloved characters such as Super Mario, Link, and Donkey Kong, was going to retire.

Jigga-jigga-WHAAAAAAAAAAA!?

Everyone was all a-Twitter (see what I did there?), with folks saying, “OMGZ he’s retiring!”; “No, he’s not retiring!”, and all sorts of other craziness.

So… yea. Colour me confused.

Now that all the dust has settled and the foaming of the fanboy mouths has ended, here’s how it went down (thanks, Siliconera!):

Wired had an interview with Miyamoto in which he said, “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 by retiring is, retiring from my current position.”

Shigeru Miyamoto

He's done a lot of imaginative things. Time to pass that knowledge down to the next generation!

Miyamoto also said that saying he’s retiring is his way of telling the younger guys on staff that he won’t be around to help them forever and that they’ll have to get the job done themselves at some point or another. “The reason why I’m stressing that is that unless I say that I’m retiring, I cannot nurture the young developers,” he said. “After all, if I’m there in my position as it is, then there’s always kind of a relationship. And the young guys are always kind of in a situation where they have to listen to my ideas. But I need some people who are growing up much more than today.”

That seems clear enough, yea? He’s just saying that he wants to be more of a mentor figure than anything else.

But then… internet shenanigans!

People were reporting left and right that he was gonna retire for reals, causing Nintendo’s stock to drop 2%. So yea. Investors were probably not happy with that piece of news.

Nintendo spokesperson Ken Toyoda has set the record straight, saying that Miyamoto will still oversee major titles and will retain his title of senior managing director. However, he will be less involved in the game development side and will focus on training the younger guys.

Well, I’m certainly glad that all cleared up. Still, it does kinda bring up something that many of us probably never thought of before. A lot of these creative minds that we’ve grown to admire won’t be doing this forever. Kinda scary to think that all that imagination that brought so many people joy won’t be doing this anymore. All we’ll be left with would be cookie-cutter, generic games that looks like those other cookie-cutter, generic games. That makes me sadder than anything else. So I’m glad that Shigeru Miyamoto wants to spend more time helping his younger colleagues how to channel their creative energies to create something truly memorable, just like he can. 🙂

Eeeek! Lunch break’s over. Must head back to work! 😛

*Insert Super Mario Theme Here*

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Sooo… where were you when all this insanity broke? How would you feel if Miyamoto-san did retire (for reals!)? Share your thoughts in the Comments Section!