Shigeru Miyamoto Isn’t Even Thinking About Retirement
At 71 years of age, Shigeru Miyamoto continues to innovate and entertain generations of Nintendo fans. He has been with the firm since 1977 and has been responsible for the creation of some of the most iconic games and characters in the history of the industry, such as Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. He’s a legendary figure, and in a recent interview, he revealed that he isn’t even considering his retirement at present.
The Road Ahead
In an interview with The Guardian, a UK-based news publication, Shigeru Miyamoto spoke about his prestigious career – and what comes next. Instead of talking about a potential retirement, he revealed that he’s looking further ahead.
More so than retiring, I’m thinking about the day I fall over. In this day and age you have to think about things in a five-year timespan, so I do think about who I can pass things on to, in case something does happen.
In that statement, Miyamoto reveals that he’s not planning to retire – he’ll keep contributing to the industry until he passes on from this world. Before that time comes, he is keen to pass down his knowledge, expertise, and experience to another generation of developers.
Miyamoto has been fortunate enough to work across several generations of Nintendo’s consoles, from handheld devices to the more sizeable units like the Nintendo 64 and the WiiU. He has had a hand in the creation of some of history’s most iconic video games, and as he approaches his more senior years, he’s grateful for how the industry has responded to his work:
I’m really thankful that there is so much energy around the things that I have worked on. These are things that have already gone out into the world… They’ve been cultivated by others, other people have been raisaing them, helping them grow, so in that sense I don’t feel too much ownership over them anymore.
He ended the interview with a note that he hopes people remember him as the creator of these amazing things for many years to come.