Legendary Developer Discusses Retirement & Mortality
Shigeru Miyamoto has bared his soul in a candid recent interview with Zoom.in, revealing that he's working on an original new project and isn't planning on retiring any time soon - rumours be damned. Interestingly, the influential developer also faced his own mortality by discussing how his beloved creations would ultimately outlive him. We've got the embedded interview and relevant quotes after the break.
During the interview, Miyamoto outed the fact that he's currently developing an "original" new IP alongside Pikmin 3 for the Wii U and other traditional Ninty mainstays. Apparently the pressure of continually delivering - as well as Ninty's current financial position - doesn't factor into his work whatsoever.
People have come to expect a lot from me. This certainly makes me feel some pressure. But if you ask me, 'Is it too much pressure to try to come out with something new?' I have to say no, I'm enjoying myself. When I make something I always try to do my best.
Miyamoto also dealt with the rumours that he was about to retire, sparked off by a recent report from Wired. The upshot? He's not going anywhere soon, but Nintendo are already preparing for the day he does.
I really appreciate all the kindness given the kind of comments that I made. But to be clear, I have no intention to retire at all. I'm not old enough to think about retirement right now.
But everyone has to retire at some point. I wanted to make clear that we are preparing for that.
Finally, in a truly heartfelt moment, Miyamoto discussed the bittersweet notion that his characters and creations would outlive him in the hands of the next generation of developers. Much like all the truly great artists, I'd like to add.
I become jealous because we have to pass away and they can go on.
But it's a good thing. The team behind Super Mario 3D Land were once kids that loved the original. Now they're kind of paying homage in order to create the latest iteration for today's customers. The cycle is going to remain so that good characters and franchises can just go on forever.
Watch the interview in full below.