We all know a day will rise, likely in our lifetimes, that Shigeru Miyamoto will no longer be with Nintendo making games. He will ride off into the sunset, forever enshrined in the halls of one of gaming's greatest minds. However, that time is not now, so we will hold off on reflecting upon his stellar career. That being said, while Miyamoto has stated he has no timetable set for his retirement and his actual work load hasn't gone down, he is trying to get Nintendo's team leads and the younger developers to start thinking more freely on their own. Less Miyamoto, more influx of fresh ideas.
“This year I’m past 60; I’m going to be turning 61 this year. So for me to not be thinking about retirement would be strange. But in fact, the number of projects I’m involved in–and the volume of my work–hasn’t changed at all.”More inside.
“Instead, what we’re doing internally is, on the assumption that there may someday be a time when I’m no longer there, and in order for the company to prepare for that, what I’m doing is pretending like I’m not working on half the projects that I would normally be working on to try to get the younger staff to be more involved."