Legendary video game developer Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator behind Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda, revealed that he has no plans to retire any time soon.
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In an interview with The Guardian, the 71-year-old said that unless something happens to his health, he still wants to be involved in creating new opportunities for Nintendo.
“More so than retiring, I’m thinking about the day I fall over,” Miyamoto said. “In this day and age, you have to think about things in a five-year timespan, so I do think who I can pass things on to, in case something does happen.”
“I’m really thankful that there is so much energy around things that I have worked on. These are things that have already gone out into the world…they’ve been cultivated by others, other people have been raising them, helping them grow, so in that sense I don’t feel too much ownership over them any more,” he added.
He also added that he does want to be remembered for his iconic work once he is gone, however.
“There is a scene in Iron Man where the president goes to his own company and the guard man doesn’t let him in, and he points at the portrait and says: ‘That’s me!’ But I really hope that the teams I work with, at least, remember me as the creator of these things.”
Miyamoto has had an illustrious career in the video game industry since joining Nintendo almost 45 years ago. His work, which includes the likes of Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong, helped Nintendo cement its position in the industry and become one of the wealthiest video game consoles and publishers in the world.
However, Miyamoto has indeed taken a step back from game development and has refocused his efforts on expanding Nintendo into different mediums, such as the Super Nintendo World Theme Park and adapting the company’s intellectual properties to films like the Super Mario Bros. Movie and the upcoming Legend of Zelda live-action film.
“I don’t think of myself as a game designer,” he told The Guardian. “I’m about finding unique opportunities for Nintendo. The way things work here is that, more so than having a plan and following it, we come across certain things and from there, we try to find our own new path. The movies, the amusement parks, I’m excited to see what kind of organic things result from those.”
“I’m still very new to [the movie] industry and I’m still learning, but I’m trying to read a lot of scripts these days and learn about how they are developed, to see how we can create uniquely Nintendo films.”
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