Miyamoto Preparing Nintendo For His Retirement

Shigeru Miyamoto has told GameSpot that he is not ready to retire, but making sure Nintendo knows how to continue on when he is no longer with them. “This year I’m past 60; I’m going to be turning 61 this year. So for me to not be thinking about retirement would be strange,” Miyamoto told GameSpot today. “But in fact, the number of projects I’m involved in–and the volume of my work–hasn’t changed at all.” “Instead, what we’re doing internally is, on the assumption that there may someday be a time when I’m no longer there, and in order for the company to prepare for that, what I’m doing is pretending like I’m not working on half the projects that I would normally be working on to try to get the younger staff to be more involved,” he added.

He also went on to say that the initiative would have happened if he was considering retirement or not. He added it was aimed at ‘adjusting organizational structure at Nintendo.’ “And this actually has nothing to do with any kind of retirement planning or anything of that sort, it’s really more of simply the fact that people have a tendency, certainly when you’re in an organizational structure, they have a tendency to always look to the person that gives them direction,” Miyamoto said. “And really, for a long time I’ve been thinking that we need to try to break that structure down so that the individual producers that I’m working with are really taking responsibility for the projects that they’re working on.”

Miyamoto does not wish to become the focus at Nintendo and wants the producers to ‘focus on pleasing the consumer and not him.’ “And as I like to say, I try to duck out of the way, so that instead of them looking at me, they’re looking at the consumer and trying to develop their games with the consumer in mind rather than me in mind. So it’s really more of looking at this as sort of an opportunity to really try to help develop them and bring them up.”

Weather Miyamoto wants to be the focus or not, with words like these, he will defiantly be watched over the next few years to see when the big announcement will inevitably come. It will be unfortunate when he decides to call it quits, but being 61 he is close to the universal retirement age of 65. However, he does say something about assuming there will be a time when he is no longer there. It is good to be optimistic, but I cannot imagine Miyamoto doing this until he dies. No matter how passionate you are about something, there comes a time where you are just too tired to continue on. Don’t expect him to retire tomorrow, but be prepared for the announcement in the future.

Interview provided by GameSpot