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Miyamoto Steps Down As Nintendo Game Design Head

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the truly-an-american-icon dept.

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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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Sad, then happy! (4, Insightful)

Bradmont (513167) | more than 2 years ago | (#38304778)

Reading the headline, I was quite sad, but the summary makes me excited for what he's going to come out with! Rock on Miyamoto!

Re:Sad, then happy! (4, Insightful)

dreemernj (859414) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305058)

I'm kind of excited about what this will mean for Nintendo as a whole as well. There might be brilliant people waiting in the ranks to try their hand at his job. This will make it possible for them to step up and try it out while Miyamoto is still on staff to guide their development (or save their butts).

Re:Sad, then happy! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38309976)

That's how Nintendo's development has been working for the past several years. As I understand it, Miyamoto hasn't been the main game designer on any project for a while; he oversees many projects. The news is that he wants to work with fewer projects and with younger developers. Nintendo is well aware that Miyamoto is their powerhouse game designer and is making sure they can still make quality games without him.

Re:Sad, then happy! (2)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305166)

I read this as "I'm burnt out. I'm tired of the front lines and really just want to play the role of grandpa now. Take up a hobby, mentor some youngsters..."

Re:Sad, then happy! (4, Funny)

scubamage (727538) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305684)

I say let him, the man has done more than enough for a few lifetimes. He's like the Dickens of video gaming. An Asian perma-smiling Dickens.

Re:Sad, then happy! (3, Insightful)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305860)

Absolutely. This man can be substantially credited with inspiring me as a child to pursue the software engineering career I now enjoy.

Re:Sad, then happy! (3, Insightful)

datavirtue (1104259) | more than 2 years ago | (#38306806)

I hope he writes a book about game design.

Re:Sad, then happy! (0)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 2 years ago | (#38308376)

I'm not in game development and I already want to preorder it.

Re:Sad, then happy! (0)

Dutch Gun (899105) | more than 2 years ago | (#38309528)

Absolutely. This man can be substantially credited with inspiring me as a child to pursue the software engineering career I now enjoy.

Yep, I'm a game developer largely because of the influence of his work. Other major influences: Roberta Williams (King's Quest series) and Sid Meier (Civilization), and plenty more I'm missing. And whoever made all those awesome Odyssey II games (my first console).

Wishing the best of luck to him in whatever he chooses to do, or whatever wisdom he imparts to future game designers.

Re:Sad, then happy! (2)

timeOday (582209) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305808)

Him: "What I really want to do is be in the forefront of game development once again myself"

You: "I read this as 'I'm burnt out. I'm tired of the front lines and really just want to play the role of grandpa now.'"

If you want to believe your own narrative based on your own intuition, fine. But there's no particular link between his words and your narrative.

Re:Sad, then happy! (2)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | more than 2 years ago | (#38306000)

Not quite true if you read on...

"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."

This coupled with other statements regarding "retirement" to me structure a rather specific narrative. Perhaps "burnt out" is a rather strong statement but all the same he's clearly stating he wants to slow down and play the role of the sage elder/grandpa.

Re:Sad, then happy! (2)

timeOday (582209) | more than 2 years ago | (#38306812)

Leaving a big corporation to lead a tiny team of young developers is the opposite of slowing down, creatively at least. Leading 5-year development cycles of huge teams creates many opportunities, but also precludes many others. He wants freedom.

Yeah, he might just be saying what sounds good, and go live in an RV in rural Arizona with no address and watch satellite TV all day. But that's not what he's saying.

Not "burnt out", "wanna get back to coding games" (4, Insightful)

zooblethorpe (686757) | more than 2 years ago | (#38306914)

"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."

This coupled with other statements regarding "retirement" to me structure a rather specific narrative. Perhaps "burnt out" is a rather strong statement but all the same he's clearly stating he wants to slow down and play the role of the sage elder/grandpa.

I took it more as evidence that managing huge multi-year projects is not as fun as building something with more immediate turnaround times. Skyward Sword, from what I've heard, is the culmination of a longstanding dream of Miyamoto's to build a Zelda game where you could actually control the sword and shield instead of just mashing thumbs. But it took years to complete, and I bet Miyamoto spent most of that time dealing with management-type work rather than getting into the nitty gritty of creating a game.

He's a gaming kind of guy, and he's been big on new ideas over the course of his career, so if he gets out of managing huge projects and gets back into designing and making smaller games, I predict an increase in the number of interesting ideas that Nintendo can implement. I heard that Nintendo's share price took a dip on this news, but I think that's only because analysts hadn't really digested this -- sure, if Miyamoto left Nintendo, that'd be bad; but if he's getting back into active game design, that can only be a big plus, in my eyes anyway.

Cheers,

Re:Sad, then happy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38311726)

I read this as "I'm burnt out. I'm tired of the front lines and really just want to play the role of grandpa now. Take up a hobby, mentor some youngsters..."

Really? I read this as "I am really tired of being away from the front lines in some headquarters somewhere. I want to go work on the front lines making actual games with real people and not supervising the supervisors of the supervisors of people who make games.

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

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#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!

Who else ... (0, Redundant)

sirdude (578412) | more than 2 years ago | (#38304788)

... thought of Miyamoto Musashi [wikipedia.org] and/or pictured Mifune Toshiro [wikipedia.org] in their heads?

Re:Who else ... (0)

gameboyhippo (827141) | more than 2 years ago | (#38304876)

Nobody.

Re:Who else ... (2, Insightful)

i kan reed (749298) | more than 2 years ago | (#38304936)

What, seriously?

Shigeru Miyamoto is by far the most famous person with the Miyamoto surname. Especially outside of Japan. Don't be ridiculous with the "who else thought of" type posts.

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

dabadab (126782) | more than 2 years ago | (#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.

Re:Who else ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38304972)

You.

Re:Who else ... (3, Insightful)

malakai (136531) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305092)

I did. But this is the new Slashdot. I doubt many people here have read The Book of Five Rings or are interested in Japanese culture. Your would have gotten a better response on 4chan.

Re:Who else ... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38305134)

It's sad when you can claim a better understanding of culture and history exists in a cesspit like 4chan, and be correct.

Re:Who else ... (2, Insightful)

dingen (958134) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305876)

What's really sad is regarding some crappy Asian pulp movie as a source of culture and history.

Re:Who else ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38306210)

What's really sad is regarding some crappy Asian pulp movie as a source of culture and history.

Or crappy Asian comic books and cartoons as the automatic paragons of artistic and cultural development.

Re:Who else ... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38305234)

I did. But this is the new Slashdot. I doubt many people here have read The Book of Five Rings or are interested in Japanese culture. Your would have gotten a better response on 4chan.

So let me get this straight. The "new Slashdot" actually respects the old-school and can recognize the names of people responsible for some of the best of what Japanese gaming has to offer (and what saved the US video game market after the crash). And... that's somehow NOT an interest in Japanese culture, even peripherally? And, when given the name of the creator of the Mario and Legend of Zelda series, amongst the most famous video games in the history of the artform, in the context of Nintendo, we were supposed to pull two wholly unrelated names out of our asses?

I... what? It... how does that even... are you high? Like, right now? That has to be one of the most surreal trollings I've seen in ages.

Re:Who else ... (-1, Offtopic)

epyT-R (613989) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305718)

actually I consider obsessions with japanese culture to be an extension of inferiority complex that comes from low self esteem. A slashdot without so much of that is a benefit. the people i've known like that were truly pathetic as they'd put japan on a pedestal and try their damnedest to act, think, and look like stereotypical japanese. of course they weren't fooling anyone and just ended up looking like total idiots. I'd also think that a genuine japanese would find this behavior somewhat offensive.

Re:Who else ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38306024)

Yeah, Once had to explain the meaning of the song "Turning Japanese" to a 17 year old Japanese girl. She didn't think it was very funny.

Re:Who else ... (4, Interesting)

blackicye (760472) | more than 2 years ago | (#38306392)

actually I consider obsessions with japanese culture to be an extension of inferiority complex that comes from low self esteem. A slashdot without so much of that is a benefit. the people i've known like that were truly pathetic as they'd put japan on a pedestal and try their damnedest to act, think, and look like stereotypical japanese. of course they weren't fooling anyone and just ended up looking like total idiots. I'd also think that a genuine japanese would find this behavior somewhat offensive.

It's funny, we say the same thing about American culture in Asia.

Re:Who else ... (1)

Xeranar (2029624) | more than 2 years ago | (#38306872)

Too bad our corporate culture has overrode much of society and Japan's greatest exports are reinterpetations of American culture?

Re:Who else ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38312078)

I think you grossly misunderstood the point.

In fact, you only need to read the last line to understand how badly you misread into it.

Re:Who else ... (1)

datavirtue (1104259) | more than 2 years ago | (#38306892)

shut up!....[quickly throws katana under bed]

Re:Who else ... (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 2 years ago | (#38310550)

What? The sword from Highlander was Japanese!?

Re:Who else ... (1)

datavirtue (1104259) | more than 2 years ago | (#38306854)

Not everyone who has read five rings cares to spout about it at every opportunity.

Re:Who else ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38306574)

... thought of Miyamoto Musashi [wikipedia.org] and/or pictured Mifune Toshiro [wikipedia.org] in their heads?

Well, all the nips look alike.

slashdot behind again (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38304822)

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

Re:slashdot behind again (2)

Jackie_Chan_Fan (730745) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305286)

Yup. Kotaku reported this yesterday as a rumor.. then later reported that he said he wasnt leaving Nintendo... and now Kotaku is running a little editorial about the day Miyamoto did not retire. :)

Re:slashdot behind again (2)

ericloewe (2129490) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305848)

You'd think that being late would allow for some basic fact-checking.

Denied (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38304832)

Nintendo has apparently already denied this.

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

Re:Denied (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38307174)

Yeah, right after their stock dropped 2%

As long as the franchises don't go to... (1)

Tastecicles (1153671) | more than 2 years ago | (#38304834)

...Michael Bay, James Cameron, George Lucas or Steven Spielberg, then I'll be happy.

Debunked (5, Informative)

pablo_max (626328) | more than 2 years ago | (#38304852)

Re:Debunked (2)

dward90 (1813520) | more than 2 years ago | (#38304986)

I hate you, internet, for making me feel silly.

Re:Debunked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38305154)

Don't worry, it's not like they posted your private Facebook photos or anything like that.

Re:Debunked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38307360)

It just occurred to me: Miyamoto is the Japanese Jack Nicholson.

Getting out while the getting's good? (1, Interesting)

milbournosphere (1273186) | more than 2 years ago | (#38304856)

Nintendo is at a crossroads. The 3DS appears to be bombing, the Wii is sliding into irrelevance, and the Wii-U doesn't look like it's going to be repeating the success of the Wii when it came out. Everyone I know seems to only bust out their Wiis either for a Brawl party or for the newest Zelda\Mario game. I love Nintendo, but it seems like they've gotten back into the funk they were in back in the pre-DS days. I wonder if Miyamoto doesn't see them getting back out.

Re:Getting out while the getting's good? (2)

matthewmacleod (1711466) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305196)

Is this really the case? I'm sure I heard that 3DS sales were looking pretty good

Yeah, here it is: http://uk.gamespot.com/news/3ds-sales-on-track-to-best-ds-first-year-in-us-6345402 [gamespot.com]

3DS first-year sales in the US may overtake the DS; 250,000 Wiis sold in the past year. And Skyward Sword rumoured to be the best Zelda game yet.

Not too sure they're "sliding" anywhere!

Re:Getting out while the getting's good? (1)

Andy Dodd (701) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305592)

They may be looking good compared to other portable game systems - but honestly, the portable game system market is facing tough competition from smartphones and higher-end MP3 players that run smartphone OSes (such as iPod Touch, and the Samsung Galaxy Player series)

Re:Getting out while the getting's good? (2)

Tr3vin (1220548) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305912)

They may be looking good compared to other portable game systems - but honestly, the portable game system market is facing tough competition from smartphones and higher-end MP3 players that run smartphone OSes (such as iPod Touch, and the Samsung Galaxy Player series)

Yes and no. While there is competition, I'd like to point out that the original DS didn't have that type of competition and did comparatively worse at launch. I suspect the market that has been really latching onto gaming on apple / android devices wouldn't be gaming otherwise.

The core demographic that Nintendo targets is kids. While some have iPods or phones, many don't. Mobile games have served to expand the market without a sizable impact. The main sales that these new mobile games are going to steal come from the Brain Age / Nintendogs playing adults. Those sales took the DS to crazy insane numbers, but didn't really move that many titles. It will hurt slightly to lose them, but Nintendo still has Mario, Zelda, and Pokémon to do the real damage with.

As a gamer, I find the really good iphone / android titles entertaining, but they are nothing compared to many of the titles for the (3)DS. Most mobile games are too limited in gameplay for my tastes. So while i've helped that new market grow, it hasn't hurt my purchases of traditional handheld games.

Re:Getting out while the getting's good? (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 2 years ago | (#38310082)

I think the thing to note is that it didn't do very well until after the price drop. Before the price drop it was more expensive than the cheapest iPod touch, now it's $30 cheaper. This of course makes it a more attractive for parents trying to decide between the two for their kid, plus parents don't have to worry about the 3DS being hooked up to their credit card..... you can of course disable in-app purchasing and app downloads etc on the iPod touch, but I'd be willing to bet there is a pretty decent % of parents who don't know that.

Re:Getting out while the getting's good? (1)

QuantumLeaper (607189) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305374)

I thought they said same thing about the Wii would be irrelevant too? We won't know until release, unless you have a crystal ball.

Something small (1)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | more than 2 years ago | (#38304860)

Or I might be interested in making something that I can make myself, by myself. Something really small.

He's in the right country for making small things I guess.

Write more games! (1)

fortapocalypse (1231686) | more than 2 years ago | (#38304862)

It's better to burn out than to fade away, Shigeru. Live strong!

Stepping down to work more directly with the games (2)

trunicated (1272370) | more than 2 years ago | (#38304868)

The worst and best video game news of the week, right here. Hopefully he comes out with another great franchise with some amazing mechanics that are just plain old fun.

Crazy game ideas (2)

identity0 (77976) | more than 2 years ago | (#38304886)

http://blog.esuteru.com/archives/5428429.html [esuteru.com]

I found this page recently, it's scans of a Japanese magazine interview where Hayao Miyazaki (of Ghibli) talks with Shigeru Miyamoto about game ideas. It was in the '90s.

I don't have time to translate the thing, so maybe someone here could try?

There's a part where Miyazaki seems to be proposing a open-world game where you could be a WWII pilot flying off on a mission - or stay on the ground and grow potatos until you're captured by the Americans.

Shigeru's response: "Hmmm"

I bet he's had to deal with a lot of strange ideas over the years :D

Oblg. XKCD (1)

Kemanorel (127835) | more than 2 years ago | (#38304896)

Miyamoto-san just 1-up'd [xkcd.com] Nintendo. I'm looking forward to his new venture.

Re:Oblg. XKCD (1)

dzfoo (772245) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305908)

You were supposed to never, ever say that!

        -dZ.

Re:Oblg. XKCD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38309742)

That's got to be one of the stupidest xkcd comics yet.

Minecraft influence (4, Insightful)

snotclot (836055) | more than 2 years ago | (#38304928)

He probably saw minecraft's influence.. as much as he helped totally change gaming by evolving Mario, Link from 2d ORIGINALS with *true* gameplay that has lasted the test of time (SMB1,2,3 & Link to the Past), and then moving Mario, Link into 3D very successfully.. he probably saw that one dev DOES has the power to affect gaming and gameplay (please, not talking about angry birds and crap like that).


Mr. Miyamoto, please make some cool original stuff like Minecraft did. Blaze the trail !

Re:Minecraft influence (1)

dward90 (1813520) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305112)

While Minecraft is both good and successful, I haven't yet seen how it has made any significant contributions to gaming as a whole. It may be that your point is that a single developer can make a great product, which is true. However, that has been shown before, and Minecraft's gameplay hasn't made much impact on the market at large, as far as I can tell. Examples of it would be interesting and appreciated, though.

Re:Minecraft influence (-1)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305270)

You are a moron.

Your mother has a penis,

CM

Re:Minecraft influence (1)

dward90 (1813520) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305444)

Dear community,

I can't think of a better place to ask this question, so I'll stick it down here where it will likely be buried. I'm not attempting to feed the trolls or anything, sorry.

Is there a report/ban request process on slashdot? I looked around briefly but can't find one. Obviously looking through the troll's post history, having them on the site is a waste of time and server space. Is this the kind of thing that karma and filtering are supposed to take care of, or is there a separate system to remove posters like this specifically?

Re:Minecraft influence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38305678)

Karma/filtering. Slashdot doesn't generally remove posts except under duress. Trolls are sort of part of the fun, for certain values of "fun".

Re:Minecraft influence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38305726)

Text is small, so no big issue with storage. As for having to scroll past em? Set the adjustable slider below the article to browse at 3+ or just wait for them to be down-modded into oblivion, and you wont have to see em.

Re:Minecraft influence (1)

DemonGenius (2247652) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305842)

This [lyricstime.com] may help.

Re:Minecraft influence (1)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | more than 2 years ago | (#38306556)

You can foe them (click on the little circle next to their name), and then I halfway remember an option to either block them, or show them as reduced karma (in case they have a highly ranked post), but I didn't find it in my little check of the options page. Maybe someone else will chime in to help...

Re:Minecraft influence (1)

Toonol (1057698) | more than 2 years ago | (#38306622)

You're only seeing them because you browse at -1 (which I do as well). I don't think there's much of a chance a troll will get banned.

I use the 'friend/foe' mechanism to flag people who are trolls, nuts, or spout obscenities. It doesn't hide them, but it lets me know not to try to engage them in discussion.

Re:Minecraft influence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38307446)

You are a moron. Your mother has a penis.

Is there a report/ban request process on slashdot? I looked around briefly but can't find one.

There's no easy solution, unfortunately. I've complained about this repeatedly, but there is still no official way to get around it.

If you're willing to put in the effort, however, I have come across a somewhat ingenious method of getting one's own back against such trolls- the instructions can be found here. [youtube.com] Hope you find this useful.

Re:Minecraft influence (2)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305392)

Minecraft's biggest impact is in its business model. Independent publishing, pre-release releases to help evolve the game toward a substantially more favorable final, permissive behavior towards modders, etc.. The concept and success of the game in and of itself was a fortunate but largely accidental strike.

Re:Minecraft influence (1)

dward90 (1813520) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305526)

Thanks for the response. I'd say that the substantive "beta" product is definitely new concept, at least for budget titles. "Indy" has been around a while and modding has been around forever, so I'd it will be interesting to see how much the "beta" aspect of Minecraft matters in the long run. We saw recently that "Version 1.0" didn't mean much, so the release model has essentially been "Release when playable, continue development indefinitely". Have any other games since Minecraft tried this? Have they been successful? I don't know of any offhand, but I haven't had the time to get into the Indy market as much as I would like to.

Re:Minecraft influence (1)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305794)

It is true that "indy" has been around for a while, but next to none as successful as Minecraft. At least with respect to commercial titles, permissive modding did not include reverse engineering binaries for the purpose of hacking and replacing actual game functionality. It has been mostly additive through a plug-in model, or custom levels, skins, etc.. this [youtube.com] sort of thing would never fly. As for "release when playable, continue dev. indefinitly" there have long been so called "expansion packs." However, to my knowledge continual evolution only exists for non-commercial indy games and a few MMOs such as EvE and WoW. Both of which have been obviously quite successful.

Re:Minecraft influence (1)

Bobtree (105901) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305616)

Minecraft is wildly successful because it provides a simple, understandable world model that players can manipulate easily, and a compelling naturalistic procedural environment. It already has a hugely successful imitator in the 2d Terraria (which has probably over a million sales at this point, at less than a year in development, and is regularly in the top 10 games played on Steam). The modding community are already making every kind of playable thing you would build on a base like Minecraft, with the added difficulty of the Minecraft releases being obfuscated java bytecode, and Mojang have said they will both add a modding interface and release the game source in full.

Strictly as a game, Minecraft is underwhelming (and still incomplete), but as an open-ended sandbox experience, it's very compelling. As a world model, a substrate to create new games on, it is absolutely exploding. A procedural world, that players can manipulate, with world dynamics (like mob spawning) that react to their changes, and a dead-easy interface. The impact of this is really only just beginning to unfold.

Re:Minecraft influence (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | more than 2 years ago | (#38310650)

Isn't that a lot like Second Life?

Pigs and dogs (0)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305326)

please, not talking about angry birds and crap like that

Which is why one of the NES launch titles was a game where you shoot the birds and a dog grabs them by the neck.

Re:Minecraft influence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38306616)

I too think Minecraft is a pretty cool guy. eh digs hloes and doesn't afraid of anything...

Re:Minecraft influence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38307192)

Minecraft is original? While I agree it is a good game, it isn't original at all; Minecraft is based on Infiniminer and Dwarf Fortress...

False (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#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:False (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38309830)

Oh right, like we're supposed to believe that now? Puhlease...

Thanks Miyamoto (1)

dward90 (1813520) | more than 2 years ago | (#38304958)

This is a man who probably more responsible for the modern video game industry than any other. While it's not likely he'll re-revolutionize games, seeing his new work could be both interesting and enjoyable.

What I'm personally more interested in is the direction that Nintendo will take in his absence. His franchises are the core of their offerings on every platform for the past 25 years or so. Will those franchises continue to balloon beyond the bounds of reason? Mario and Link will likely sell more games and merchandise than anything they could possibly replace them with. I would love to see Nintendo take a new direction with their franchises and perhaps even introduce a single deep or interesting character (which as far as I know they have never done). I wouldn't bet on it though. That's certainly not to say that Nintendo isn't a great company with great products. They are. I just wonder if they can do more.

Awesome! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38304982)

Obviously the man has a passion for what he does and a hell of a lot of skill. That combination has made him successful but he is driven by passion, not success. More power to him.

This is not actually happening (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38304990)

http://kotaku.com/5866247/the-day-marios-creator-didnt-retire-and-what-it-says-about-his-future

It was an unconfirmed rumor...oh wait /. that's right.

Something really small? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38305002)

> Something really small.
So not a controller for the Wii-U then.

Read as iPhone... (2)

mabhatter654 (561290) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305010)

I read that as he wants to make iPhone games. So much of his stuff is really experimental. If he wasn't tied to alway making another "blockbuster" for Nintendo, we'd probably see a lot more games.

He would mop up the cash with 2-3 new franchises and the Angry Birds model of small, regular updates.

Re:Read as iPhone... (1)

Eponymous Coward (6097) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305238)

Exactly. Mobile gaming converts another industry legend.

Can't make DSiWare in your home (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305386)

Unless someone's just frustrated that Nintendo doesn't have a developer program that's as inclusive as Microsoft's or Apple's. Anyone with $1500 down and $100 per year, including developers that are family businesses run from a home office, can get started developing games for Xbox 360 or the iPhone. Nintendo is a long-time opponent of home-based development.

Re:Can't make DSiWare in your home (1)

mabhatter654 (561290) | more than 2 years ago | (#38307260)

Add to that as a designer his hands get tied only doing 1-2 games a year that are "bet the company" and sell for $50-$60. Imagine what the guy could do making 25MB games that sell for $1-$5? He is clearly somebody that wants to make lots of different KINDS of games... Nintendo probably only publishes a fraction of what he imagines.

Translation: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38305032)

All you people are screwing up my games. I'd rather go do something else without you.

Happy Avians (1)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305302)

Apparantly he is working on a new game called Happy Avians.

It's about smiling birds that build houses for friendly pigs.

Animal Crossing (0)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305542)

I already have a copy of that game, and it's actually called Animal Crossing. It's a bit like The Sims except more rural and cartoonish, and it runs on the console's real time clock. There is a fourth game in the works for 3DS.

how can i backup my wordpress (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38305372)

http://funnyphones.net/?p=789

I feel the same way (5, Insightful)

TonyXL (33244) | more than 2 years ago | (#38305442)

My reward for being a good designer/coder was to oversee a large design/code team. I miss designing/coding.

Shame (1)

Grindalf (1089511) | more than 2 years ago | (#38306240)

Shame, and the end of an era. Boy does his stuff look good on MAME! :0)

Disappoint (2)

Sable Drakon (831800) | more than 2 years ago | (#38306460)

If he's not stepping down, I'm kinda sad. I was hoping that this would motivate Nintendo to actually create something new. I'm personally getting a bit sick and tired of every single piece of Nintendo hardware doing little more than showing off some useless gimmick and launching with nothing but rehashes of 20 year old games. Nintendo as a whole is slipping into irrelevance.

Shame on you /.! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38306514)

You nearly gave me a heart attack when, in fact, Miyamoto is not stepping down!

Re:Shame on you /.! (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 2 years ago | (#38306916)

You really had that much of an emotional reaction to something so minor in the grand scheme of things?

Paragons of Humanity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38306592)

Miyamoto-san is one of those examples of truly lovely people. An Artist, a toymaker, a storyteller, someone who's life's work has been to bring joy and relief into the lives of others. A human being. He's not the only such worthy person on this planet, but he should be recognized more often for his work by people outside the universe of video games -- precisely because his work so affects them as well.

I can think of no one else who I wish more success and happiness to than Shigeru Miyamoto, and he surely deserves to have it.

It's dangerous to go alone! Take this... (1)

Hentai (165906) | more than 2 years ago | (#38309900)

'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.'"

Let's hope he at least has a sword and full heart containers, then.

It's a shame more people don't do this (2)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 2 years ago | (#38310952)

I think what Miyamoto is doing is going to turn out really good for not only Nintendo, but the gaming industry as a whole. One can use their talents not only to create, but also identify who has the potential to create things. As companies and industries grow, they tend to get less flexible, esp. towards those at the "bottom rungs" of the corporate ladder. This is especially true in Japan, where seniority is everything(there are still Japanese companies that don't give out merit based pay raises). Miyamoto is almost 60, he realizes that he doesn't have a huge amount of time left before retirement, and rather than just continue to do what he has done, only to leave a huge void at the top, it looks like he is devoting his last years at Nintendo to giving younger developers the exact same opportunity he was given.

When he first started out, he was an employee at a relatively small company trying to break into a very small industry, and as such there were very few people to push back when he tried to push the boundaries. Now fast forward a few decades and you have this massive industry comprised of massive companies, there is going to be push back when you try to push the boundaries, and massive hurdles to clear if you do, esp. if you want to do so while working for an already established company. By becoming a mentor Miyamoto can use his prestige to help elevate some of the good ideas and people that otherwise might have otherwise been wasted toiling at the bottom rung. It's actually a shame that more visionaries aren't like Miyamoto and spend their last years working as advisors and cultivators of good ideas. While I'm sure his input will be missed at the top levels, he can do the company a lot more good spending his final years trying to identify and help the people that will one day take his place.

He was a programer but.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38311494)

He took an arrow to the knee....

Ok... reading between the lines for you all... (3, Insightful)

otaku244 (1804244) | more than 2 years ago | (#38311756)

Yes, Shiggy stepping down is a good thing and he will be missed. But I feel there is more to the story than this.
The Japanese Video Game Industry has stagnated. [gametheoryonline.com] All the real development cash cows are here in the United States. [gametheoryonline.com]

I think it is very important to point out that there is a strong possibility that Miyamoto stepping down is very likely him making an attempt to reinvent himself and, by extension, the JVGI.

I really hope it works out. There hasn't really been an over-the-top, flashy game that was enjoyable to play since Zone of the Enders 2. As good as the games are that are made in the states, we focus too much on "realism". We still just don't have anything that mimics the flashy antics of Japanese design.
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