To many people, Shigeru Miyamoto IS Nintendo. Also arguably the father of the modern videogame, Miyamoto has had a hand in just about every major Nintendo title over more than 25 years, and has also had a major say in the development of at least four consoles. Turning 60 this year however, he has told Nintendo that they need to start planning for his retirement.
Speaking to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, he said: “In recent years I’ve been telling people within Nintendo [that] I’ll have to retire at some point. We must be prepared. That’s why I given more responsibility to younger colleagues.”
When discussions of Miyamoto’s retirement first started circulating a few months ago, investors became increasingly worried that his absence would mean dark times ahead for Nintendo. Of course he wont be leaving any time soon, with the Japanese retirement age currently sitting at 65 and plenty more projects on the go for him currently. He has recently confirmed that both Pikmin and a new Super Mario Bros game based on the Mii tech demo showed last year would debut at E3 this June.
What do you think of a Nintendo without Miyamoto? Would the company crash and burn or do they have enough talent to replace him? Is the modern industry strong enough to support such a gaming ‘auteur’ again?