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Miyamoto Has Less Oversight Over Core Nintendo Franchises, New Producers Installed

Jonathan Lester
Nintendo, Shigeru Miyamoto

Miyamoto Has Less Oversight Over Core Nintendo Franchises, New Producers Installed

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.

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Late  Sep. 25, 2013 at 15:58

Just me, or does that have an unnerving undertone indicating several company divisions are being geared run themselves - possibly with a view to parts of the company being floated separately?...

Can't see Nintendo's hardware division wanting to be in any way separate from their software division. As they've pointed out in press releases recently, the two have a fairly symbiotic relationship.
But faltering revenues and their legendary survival instinct make the unthinkable a possibility.

Probably just me adding two and two to make five. (A worrying trait for an accountant, that.)

JonLester  Sep. 25, 2013 at 16:04

I think it's probably more of a contingency plan for when Miyamoto-san ultimately retires. He'll be 61 this year, and he can't keep working forever however much we all want him to. Ninty will need producers and systems in place for when he decides to take a well-deserved break.

That said, you never know what's about to happen in this crazy industry. I just wrote a story about an unlockable dildo katana, so anything could happen.

Last edited by JonLester, Sep. 25, 2013 at 16:08


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