Nintendo has announced that the creator of such characters as Mario and Donkey Kong, Shigeru Miyamoto, will not be retiring from the company, despite an interview suggesting that was the case.
Miyamoto was initially interviewed by Wired, where he said that he really wanted to return to the "forefront of game development," and that this would lead to him "probably working on a smaller project with even younger developers." He even said he "might be interested in making something that I can make myself, by myself. Something really small" according to The Guardian.
This understandably led many to believe the gaming icon would be retiring from Nintendo, perhaps setting up his own studio. However, the Japanese gaming firm was quick to announce that this was not the case.
"Video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto's role at Nintendo is not changing," the company said in a statement. "He will continue to be a driving force in Nintendo's development efforts." Nintendo did however say that Miyamoto would be spending some time working with younger developers, helping them to: "take more initiative and responsibility for developing software."
The part of the original interview that had people speculating the most was Miyamoto saying: "What I mean by retiring is, retiring from my current position." So perhaps he plans to foster some newer intellectual properties with the young up and comers in the company instead of working on some of the more traditional franchises that he helped create - like Mario and Zelda.
The last new concept game Miyamoto was involved in was Nintendogs, which did very well indeed, being well received by critics and consumers alike. If he's looking to work on something new and fresh, it'd be exciting to see what he could come up with. Slogging away with some newer developers would be the perfect way for him to branch out from the traditional titles he's used to producing.