Miyamoto on Stepping Back from Core Nintendo Franchises like Mario and Zelda

By Jorge Ba-oh 25.09.2013 5

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In an interview with ONM, the father of Super Mario and the Legend of Zelda highlighted how his role has changed at Nintendo.

The famed designer, who has spent decades producing core Nintendo franchises, has gradually taken a backseat at the company, allowing other core staff and younger talent to spread their wings.

He admitted that with a franchise like The Legend of Zelda, he is "able to leave the series up to" producer Eiji Aonuma, but the "final responsibility for the title still comes down to me". Miyamoto has been known to "upend the table" when it comes to the final touches in Nintendo-developed titles, but he admitted that he doesn't "have to look at every minute detail of every game any more" and has trust that for Zelda, there'll be "the level of quality that we expect".


It's not just the Legend of Zelda that Miyamoto is gradually stepping back from, with Mario producer Yoshiaki Koizumi, Mario Kart producer Hideki Konno and Animal Crossing producer Katsuya Eguchi in similar situations. Miyamoto believes that these chaps are "talented enough and we can allow them to oversee the project and manage all the details and still maintain the Nintendo level of quality".

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I think they should shake it up more. Aonuma sounds very stressed and tired of the franchise. Why do they just have 1 director working on Zelda games??

Aonuma doesn't always direct. He didn't direct skyward sword or the ds zeldas.

He didn't??? Or was je producer for those games?
As far as I understood, he pretty much is in charge of every Zelda game. I remember him talking about flying in SS because his son asked him to add the feature.

Directors of zelda games

Zelda 1 - Shigeru Miyamoto & Takashi Tezuka
Zelda 2 - Tadashi Sugiyama & Yoichi Yamada
A link to the past - Takashi Tezuka
Links awakening - Takashi Tezuka 
Ocarina of Time - Shigeru Miyamoto
Majora's Mask - Eiji Aonuma & Yoshiaki Koizumi
Windwaker - Eiji Aonuma
Twilight Princess - Eiji Aonuma
Skyward Sword - Hidemaro Fujibayashi
Phantom Hourglass - Daiki Iwamoto
Spirit tracks - Daiki Iwamoto
Four swords - Toshiaki Suzuki

Hm thanks for the list. I guess he's above the role of director then.

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