In a recent interview with Wired
, famed video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto (responsible for the creation of Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, Pikmin, The Legend of Zelda, and countless other beloved games) has revealed that he plans to step down from his current position as Senior Managing Director and General Manager at Nintendo's Entertainment Analysis and Development Division in favor for a position that will allow him to work more directly with smaller projects.
"What I really want to do is be in the forefront of game development once again myself," stated Miyamoto, who says he wants to move away from enormous projects like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, leaving them to younger Nintendo employees and pursuing smaller projects himself. He suggested he might want to work on a small project with younger employees, and perhaps even a project he could work on just by himself. "In other words, Iím not intending to start from things that require a five-year development time," he said, noting that he'd like to begin such a project as early as 2012.
So while it's sad to hear Mr. Miyamoto will be stepping down from his current position, it's also exciting to hear that he is not retiring and in fact wants to once again be in a position where he can directly lead smaller projects. Sounds like good news to me! Be sure to read all the details over at Wired