It seemed pretty clear from last night that Miyamoto’s statement didn’t mean he was leaving Nintendo, or retiring from producing video games, but instead taking on a different role at Nintendo; in which he grooms a younger generations of developers. According to Nintendo, which claims the Reuters story as false, claims Nintendo is not stepping down.

Video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto’s role at Nintendo is not changing. He will continue to be a driving force in Nintendo’s development efforts. In discussing his priorities at Nintendo in a media interview, Mr Miyamoto explained how he is encouraging the younger developers at the company to take more initiative and responsibility for developing software. He attempted to convey his priorities moving forward, inclusive of overseeing all video game development and ensuring the quality of all products. Mr Miyamoto also discussed his desire to pursue fresh ideas and experiences of the kind that sparked his initial interest in video games.

What exactly is Miyamoto’s job? I know he has a title of Manager or something, but that is not my point. Miyamoto’s main job is overseer of most Nintendo products. Over the years Miyamoto has slowly stepped away from  projects that were his and turning them over to other people. I strongly believe Miyamoto has faith developers like Aonuma to carry his creations to the next level. Which in time leaves Miyamoto the ability to groom the next generation after them.