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Miyamoto Retiring, Developing Smartphone Games?

In breaking news, Shigeru Miyamoto has stepped down from his position in Nintendo to take up smaller jobs within the company. In an interview with Wired.com, the video game giant who invented the likes of Mario and The Legend of Zelda is moving away from overseeing the development of Nintendo’s massive titles like Super Mario Bros 3D Land and The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword to raise up younger employees to take over.

“Inside our office, I’ve been recently declaring, ‘I’m going to retire, I’m going to retire. I’m not saying that I’m going to retire from game development altogether. What I mean by retiring is, retiring from my current position,” Miyamoto said in the interview.

But the most interesting and possibly most telling part of the interview was when he mentioned he’s moving to work on small and more revolutionary work. Miyamoto said, “What I really want to do is be in the forefront of game development once again myself, probably working on a smaller project with even younger developers. Or I might be interested in making something that I can make myself, by myself. Something really small.”

Nintendo has steered very far of the growing smartphone gaming market. It’s traditionally been seen as a direct competitor to the DS range but with the type of games in Nintendo’s range, and the description Miyamoto gave of his upcoming role, there seems to be a good chance that if his attempt is to make it himself and it’s going to be small, the most obvious medium would be smartphones.

He said he’s starting the project next year and announcing the game he’s working on within 2012. He said in the interview, “In other words, I’m not intending to start from things that require a five-year development time.”

If he is developing his titles for smartphones, this would be revolutionary for Nintendo. Or perhaps I’m thinking too small and Miyamoto’s got something far more epic under his sleeve.

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