Influential Nintendo executive Shigeru Miyamoto has brushed off reports that he is planning to retire soon, while admitting that ‘younger people in the company’ have taken the lead in developing the company’s upcoming Switch.
In a wide-ranging chat with Glixel, the iconic Japanese developer described rumours of his supposed retirement as a “misunderstanding”, adding that “at the time, what [Nintendo] were talking about was giving more opportunity and more leadership opportunities to younger people in the company.”
However, Miyamoto did admit that he is taking more of a back seat with regards to the development of the Switch console, stating: “We have these younger people in the company who are taking the lead on Switch development and it’s really been them that have put this forward and designed this system. They’re the ones that have really shepherded it through the process.”
As a result, the developer claimed, he has been able to “focus on other projects like Super Mario Run or the Universal theme park”, adding: “I’m going to keep looking for these kinds of opportunities where I can do something new and fun.”