It seems that reports of Shigeru Miyamoto’s retirement have been greatly exaggerated. Last week, an excerpt from Wired‘s extended interview with Miyamoto set off a brief panic amongst players and stockholders. Thanks to a combination of translation issues, alarmism, and poor reading comprehension, the prospect of Miyamoto’s impending retirement loomed large. Nintendo quickly put the kibosh on the speculation (as well as the stock dip fueled by such speculation) by reassuring the world that: “He has no intention of stepping down. Please do not be concerned” (Isabel Reynolds, “Nintendo denies report games designer Miyamoto to retire”, Reuters, 8 December 2011).
Everything is fine and nothing will change. Miyamoto’s not going anywhere. Nintendo would have us think this and dedicated fans want to believe this, but it’s only half true. Things have already changed. Miyamoto has been preparing for his late-career period for some time. Even so, we shouldn’t be concerned.