Shigeru Miyamoto On The Future Of Nintendo Without Him

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Within Nintendo, there’s no more iconic individual than Shigeru Miyamoto. The creator of franchises like Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda, Miyamoto has become synonymous with the Japanese company since joining in 1977.

Now, over 45 years later, Miyamoto is 70, and, as well all know, father time is undefeated. There will come a time when Miyamoto ends his tenure at Nintendo. That leads to the question of what will happen when that time comes.

In a recent interview with NPR, Miyamoto talked about the future of the company, and what he thinks will happen.

Shigeru Miyamoto Thinks Nintendo Will Be Just Fine

“You know, I really feel like it’s not going to change,” Miyamoto said via an interpreter. “It’s probably going to be the same. There’s, you know, people on the executive team, creators within the company, and also people who create Mario, they all have this sense of what it means to be Nintendo.” 

He added that because of that, varying opinions don’t really get bounced around when it comes to certain things. It’s a case of those within the company know the overall vision and what Nintendo looks for, he says.

“[E]ven when there’s new ideas that come up, there’s always the fact that it’s a new idea, but also the fact that, is it a new idea that really has the essence of Nintendo or not,” he said. “And I think that’s something that, you know – we have this incredible shared vision, almost a little scary shared vision, about this. So I think there won’t – it’s not going to change.”

As far as when that time comes, Miyamoto has stated that he doesn’t plan on it being anytime soon. He continues to work on multiple projects within Nintendo including the upcoming The Super Mario Bros. Movie as well as the latest installment of the Pikmin franchise, Pikmin 4.

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