Thursday, December 8, 2011
*Update* Nintendo quickly quells gamers fears
Thank you to G4.com for the information
I read the Wired article last night, and quickly set a blog to report Wired magazine’s article this morning. While sleeping Nintendo came out with multiple press releases trying to quell gamers fears about the retirement of Shigeru Miyamoto. Saying the gaming legend isn’t retiring, or stepping down but his role would be slightly changing.
First was a report out of Reuters Japan stating “This is absolutely not true. There seems to have been a misunderstanding. Miyamoto has said all along that he wants to train the younger generation. He has no intention of stepping down. Please do not be concerned.”
Next was a report from Bloomberg Japan about an hour after the first release. A Nintendo rep told the publication Miyamoto will in Bloomberg’s words, “reduce his involvement in making video games to spend more time training younger developers.” The representative also confirmed Miyamoto’s title will not change as Senior managing director.
Finally Nintendo made a official statement (Via IGN):
“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.”
Not sure if maybe Miyamoto had a bad translator or what occurred, but after reading his statements I for one don’t feel like that is what he was trying to say at all. Even if Nintendo is correct it still sounds like Miyamoto’s focus is going to shift with his role at Nintendo. It also sounds like both are confirming Miyamoto is wanting this shift so he can be more creative again.