What is up with all the high level people switching jobs this week… Shigeru Miyamoto has stated in an interview with Wired.com that he will be stepping down from his current position at Nintendo.
Miyamoto mentioned that – “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” . Miyamoto isn’t quitting development, though. He is looking to start something new in 2012 and maybe even show it the same year.
Miyamoto wants to also help the younger developers grow and I personally think Miyamoto sees that there is a strong future for smaller games/smaller dev teams and wants to be apart of that not only as a dev but as a mentor.
“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.”
In the end this was a sudden turn of events and it will be interesting to see where the next generation of Mario and Zelda games go without his hands grasped onto it but at the same time this may be a good time for the team to change the direction of the series. Either way we are looking forward to seeing Miyamoto’s small projects.