Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of legendary franchises like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, has announced his retirement from his current position at Nintendo. This doesn’t mean that he’s leaving Nintendo altogether, he just desires to work on smaller projects that require a smaller development time. He recently told Wired magazine in an interview, “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.”
It seems as though working on a Legend of Zelda game can be quite toiling, especially when the company tries to promote it as the best game ever. He’s been working on Skyward Sword for five years now. That’s like watching a newborn grow into their kindergartner years. Miyamoto chose a good time to step down, seeing as the Wii U will be coming out very soon and they’ll be needing another Mario and Zelda game for it.
As of now, he is 59, so announcing this demotion might be a good heads up to younger designers and developers. His intentions were to let them realize that he won’t always be around to supervise projects like Zelda. Gamers will always crave a fantastic Mario game, but the franchise will live much longer than Miyamoto will. This could bring a fresh new perspective to these classics, or it could lead to their very demise. Then again, he already has a gaming project in development and expects to have it done in the year 2012.
Maybe this is what Nintendo needs. I fear for their famous franchises, but maybe Miyamoto will create another great franchise just by working on something small again. This could also lead to better sales for Nintendo if he creates better games in shorter amounts of time. As long as it’s not something silly like Nintendogs or Brain Age, Nintendo will do just fine.
What’s strange is how much Nintendo is denying his current announcement of retirement. They’ve already tried to reassure stockholders that he just wants to inspire the younger designers to work higher, but there’s already been a 2% drop in stock price. I say if he wants to retire, then let him retire. The man has created legends, and I have a feeling he just needs to work on something smaller for a bit.
If anything, he deserves a high end vacation.