In what has to be the most shocking announcement all year, the legendary game designer is stepping down. The man who brought the Italian plumber Mario into our homes and our lives is moving on. At 59, Miyamoto has decided to retire from being the lead supervisor on many of Nintendo’s projects. He will be instead returning to game development and either join a small team or make a title solo. No longer does Miyamoto want to work on games that take upwards of 5 years to make (Pikmin 3?) and instead wants to be able to show off a game by the end of next year as an example.
For Miyamoto the future looks good but how will Nintendo take this? Will we see a drop in quality or will we see quality rise?
[Update]: Nintendo is now denying the retiring. Nintendo is stating Miyamoto wants to train the younger generation not retire. Whether this is spin to keep stocks from dying off is a whole different story
Source: Wired Game Life