Shigeru Miyamoto says he’s confident Nintendo won’t change after he leaves

Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda Creator Shigeru Miyamoto has said that he is confident that nothing will change Nintendo when he finally leaves the company.

Miyamoto – who joined the Japanese company from university in 1977 – is best known as the creator of some of Nintendo’s best-selling games, including Super Mario, Donkey Kong, Legend of Zelda, F-Zero, Pikmin and Star Fox.

at 70 years old, Miyamoto is now of retirement age. However, he has previously claimed He is not considering ending his career in the near future.

Speaking in a new interview NPRThe Nintendo executive was asked what he thinks Nintendo will be like without him when his departure day finally comes.

“You know, I really feel like it’s not going to change,” he said. “It’s probably going to be the same. You know, there’s people on the executive team, people in the company, and also the people who created Mario. They all have an idea of ​​what Nintendo stands for.

“And so it’s not like there’s a lot of different opinions going back and forth. Everyone has an understanding, this kind of shared understanding of what it is to be Nintendo.

“And even when new ideas come out, there’s always the fact that it’s a new idea, but also whether it’s a new idea that really has the essence of Nintendo or not?

“And I think that’s something, you know – we have this incredible common vision, almost a little scary common vision of this. So I think there won’t be – it won’t change.”

Miyamoto has been the last one co-produced by The Super Mario Bros. Movie together with Illumination founder Chris Meledandri. He also Officially announced plans to release Pikmin 4 in 2023 during a Nintendo Direct presentation in September.

Shigeru Miyamoto says he's confident Nintendo won't change after he leaves

Miyamoto previously said that he has been excited to work on several projects such as Elements Super Nintendo World theme park attraction and mobile games in addition to his other Nintendo duties.

The game designer echoed that sentiment when asked by NPR which of the worlds he’s created he’d choose to live in if he could.

“I really love the work environment I’m in because I get to participate in so many different things,” Miyamoto replied. “So it would be great if I could be in an environment where I can change the type of work I do all the time. So I think it might just be my desk or the bathtub.”