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Miyamoto "doesn't care" who will replace him at Nintendo

Miyamoto “doesn’t care” who will replace him at Nintendo

Shigeru Miyamoto is undoubtedly one of Nintendo’s key employees, and one of the most important figures in the video game industry. His works have sold millions of copies, and he has been involved in every aspect of Nintendo’s business for decades. However, at 68, he is no longer a spring hen, and the topic of who will replace him once he retires has floated on more than one occasion.

A fantastic interview The New Yorker That gave Miyamoto another chance to answer that question, and his answer was interesting. He is asked what his ambitions are at this point in his bright life, and he responds:

For Nintendo’s business, the main idea is to create a harmony between hardware and software. It’s been about ten years, but I think the younger generation here is now able to fully establish that grassroots policy. For my part, I want to pursue my interests. Nintendo has expanded to new design areas such as the theme park where I work. When you think about it, theme-park design is like video game design, which focuses entirely on the hardware side. In a way, I’m an amateur again. But when these rides are very interactive, our expertise comes in handy. Mixing our experience with new contexts may be one of the most interesting endeavors of my remaining years.

The interviewer asks if there are any similarities between the story of Miyamoto and Willie Wonka, who organizes an extensive competition to find his direct alternative to the fictional chocolate factory:

As the company has gained new competitors over the years, this has given us an opportunity to think deeply about building Nintendo Nintendo. [President] Shundaro Furukawa is currently in his forties, and [general manager] Shinya Takahashi is in her fifties; We are moving towards a position where the spirit of Nintendo will ensure successful execution. I don’t care about that anymore. I now focus on the need to constantly discover new experiences. It has always fascinated and excited me about the media: not completing the old, but inventing the new.