The spokesperson said the following:
This is absolutely not true. There seems to have been a misunderstanding. He has said all along that he wants to train the younger generation. He has no intention of stepping down. Please do not be concerned.
It seems we currently don’t know Miyamoto‘s plans for the future – but the idea of him teaching a younger group of designers seems like a great idea for those lucky few and us to enjoy what they come up with.
The creator of Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros. and Legend of Zelda is set to retire from his current position at Nintendo. Shigeru Miyamoto is not going too far though, he plans on taking a smaller role designing some smaller games for the company. Stepping away from the five year development cycle, he hopes to make games that can be shown to the public within a year starting in 2012.
Miyamoto, who has been making games for over 30 years now (that’s more than half his life!) wants to focus on making smaller projects that can be completed within around a year while passing the torch onto younger designers coming up within the company.
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.
The announcement may come as a shock to some people, but with Shigeru Miyamoto left to design a smaller title away from the franchises that Nintendo have been pushing out year after year, the possibilities are endless. Who knows what he will come up with next! But the real question is with smaller development time and a smaller team, where will these ideas end up?