Panic not, Ninty peeps.
Despite comments in a “Wired” magazine interview which seemed to indicate otherwise, Nintendo genius Shigeru Miyamoto isn’t retiring. Which is good news for all of us and Nintendo’s stock price.
Working on smaller games, yes, quitting entirely – no.
(For those of you unfamiliar with Miyamoto’s work, he’s had some success in creating video games. Ever played a Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Star Fox, F-Zero or Pikmin game? Then you’ve experienced some of the indefinable uniqueness that Miyamoto brings to gaming).
The most interesting thing that the interview yielded to me was the ‘working on smaller games’ nugget – does this indicate that the forthcoming WiiU console is going to be offering downloadable, XBLA/PSN-like games? If so, that’s got to be a good idea – not having to work on a five-year dev cycle to realise your games vision is only going to free up more time for a Miyamoto-like talent to push out quirky, bite-sized titles on a more regular basis.
And what fan of gaming wouldn’t want that?