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Miyamoto Steps Down As Nintendo Game Design Head 112

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RobinEggs writes "Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator and producer of the Zelda and Mario franchises among other works, is stepping down at Nintendo. After personally managing Nintendo's blockbuster franchises for ~20 years, Miyamoto said today: 'What I really want to do is be in the forefront of game development once again myself. 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.'" Update: 12/08 21:35 GMT by T : Note that Nintendo is careful to say that this is not retirement, even if Miyamoto's role at Nintendo changes.
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Miyamoto Steps Down As Nintendo Game Design Head

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 08, 2011 @12:26PM (#38304822)

    Nintendo already came out and said he was not stepping down. slashdot is behind like always

  • Denied (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 08, 2011 @12:27PM (#38304832)

    Nintendo has apparently already denied this.

    http://spong.com/article/25917/Nintendo-Strongly-Denies-Miyamoto-Retirement

  • Debunked (Score:5, Informative)

    by pablo_max (626328) on Thursday December 08, 2011 @12:28PM (#38304852)
  • Debunked! (Score:5, Informative)

    by Viros (1128445) on Thursday December 08, 2011 @12:28PM (#38304854)

    http://wii.ign.com/articles/121/1214255p1.html [ign.com]

    Word from Nintendo is that Miyamoto is NOT stepping down and this was a misinterpretation.

  • False (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 08, 2011 @12:32PM (#38304944)

    Hey, apparently this isn't true. Nintendo's official denial has been circulating for a few hours now - before the original post.

    "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."

    from http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2011/12/nintendo_miyamoto_is_not_stepping_down
    and many other places.

  • Re:Sad, then happy! (Score:0, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 08, 2011 @05:00PM (#38308722)

    Why be sad? The guy hasn't released an original game since Pikmin came out on the GAMECUBE!!! All Nintendo has been doing for years is milking stale, old IP and putting out Zelda 26, and Metroid 8, with Mario Kart 7 and a little Super Mario 30 thrown in for good measure! ENOUGH with the rehashes...if I wanted this type of entertainment, I would go to the movies!

  • Re:Who else ... (Score:5, Informative)

    by dabadab (126782) on Thursday December 08, 2011 @05:39PM (#38309168)

    Shigeru Miyamoto is by far the most famous person with the Miyamoto surname. Especially outside of Japan.

    Also, outside of Japan people are usually referred to by their family name and Miyamoto Musashi is the most famous person with the Miyamoto family name.
    However, in all fairness, it is rather unlikely that a samurai who spent the last 366 years being dead would be a game design head at Nintendo.

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