But Still Has "Final Responsibility"
Shigeru Miyamoto has trained a new generation of producers to manage the details of Nintendo's key franchises, allowing him to take more of an executive back seat rather than micro-managing absolutely everything.
Ninty's legend-in-residence explained the new situation in the latest issue of ONM, as reported and transcribed by NintendoLife.
“As you saw at our presentation at E3, Mr Aonuma chased me off stage… he doesn’t need me any more!” Miyamoto said. “The final responsibility for the title still comes down to me and I’m still involved in the games, but I’m definitely able to leave the series up to him in a way.
“I don’t have to look at every minute detail of every game any more. I know there’s going to be the level of quality that we expect under his supervision.”
“Similarly we have Koizumi-san, who’s the producer or the Mario series and it’s the same type of situation. And certainly Konno-san with Mario Kart, too. And Mr Eguchi, producer of the Animal Crossing series. These are the main producers that we’ve trained who are talented enough and we can allow them to oversee the project and manage all the details and still maintain the Nintendo level of quality.”
Miyamoto's illustrious career at Nintendo has spanned 36 years, many of which were spent either pioneering or personally micro-managing almost all of the company's core franchises. As he approaches 61, he definitely deserves to kick back a little, though his influence will doubtlessly still help to steer the company over the coming years.