Shigeru Miyamoto may not Work Directly on New Mario Game

By Jorge Ba-oh 04.11.2013 6

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The father of Mario, Shigeru Miyamoto, may not work on the next installment of the Super Mario Bros. games, he confirmed.

The creator of many of Nintendo's bestselling franchises has spoken out on his desire to move onto smaller, downloadable games and for his colleagues to have a bigger role in development.

In an interview with Gamekult this week, he noted that creating Mario titles like Super Mario 3D World "takes a lot of energy and there is little chance that I could take the time to work on the next Mario".

Despite this, Miyamoto would like to be involved again and isn't ruling out the possibility to "work on a new game as the main producer", but even when not directly involved, he "always looks at what the team does in terms of gameplay, and I trust them".

"Don't worry about Mario!"

Going forward, the designer wants to become "more deeply in the development of smaller projects, but that doesn't mean it will be a modest download-only title or something like that".

What do you think about Miyamoto stepping away from Super Mario Bros.?

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It's always a scary thought to think that Miyamoto won't be working on a big game like Mario. But really Nintendo and Miyamoto have worked hard over the past several years to make sure that there are solid teams in place to keep making incredible games like the next Marios and Zeldas.

I'm excited to see what smaller projects Miyamoto has in the works!

Ya, despite his Status Miyamoto is only a small cog of the whole Mario, Zelda etc process - he may upend the table at times, but the core talent really is in the story designers, level creators and lesser known development staff.

It's not like the lack of major Miyamoto would mean Mario becomes as dire as Sonic *god forbid*

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It's always a scary thought to think that Miyamoto won't be working on a big game like Mario. But really Nintendo and Miyamoto have worked hard over the past several years to make sure that there are solid teams in place to keep making incredible games like the next Marios and Zeldas.

I'm excited to see what smaller projects Miyamoto has in the works!

And new blood is never a bad thing... well it can be sometimes. I guess we will have to wait to see what happens. and I to want to see what the small projects might be.

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In the interview, the guy didn't say he would work on downloadable games, he said that his future projects, even if of a smaller scale than big Mario titles, would not necessarily be modest ones,confined to the downloadable market.

In short, his future projects may go at retail, even if they're of a smaller scale than Mario.

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Ya, despite his Status Miyamoto is only a small cog of the whole Mario, Zelda etc process - he may upend the table at times, but the core talent really is in the story designers, level creators and lesser known development staff.

It's not like the lack of major Miyamoto would mean Mario becomes as dire as Sonic *god forbid*

Actually i feel like having a custodian like Miyamoto ensures that a shit Mario game wouldn't go out. 

SEGA never really had that with Sonic, sure Naka (who to be fair was in a different position than Shigsy in relation to the IP) was around but he oversaw some pretty shoddy games towards the end of his tenure. 

At the same time though it looks like Sonic Team recovered for a little while with Unleashed, Generations and Colours....I am not sure about Lost World but i haven't seen anyone really praising it yet...

I am worried for the day that Miyamoto isn't overseeing Mario...we might actually see a demise of quality...

Punctum83 (guest) 06.11.2013#6

Well he let go off the development of Skyward Sword. And that game... while good, doesn't really have the epic feel of Ocarina of Time and Wind Waker. (there was a famous story about how Miyamoto demanded the change to the first portion of the game when he felt it had a very slow start)

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