Gaming industry legend and the man behind Super Mario Bros., Shigeru Miyamoto will be stepping down from his current role at Nintendo so that he can work on smaller projects within the company.
Speaking to Wired, Miyamoto expressed his desire to move away from supervising the development of big titles such as the recently released Super Mario 3D Land and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, which would give him time to work on projects of his own.
“What I really want to do is be in the forefront of game development once again myself,” said Miyamoto. “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. In other words, I’m not intending to start from things that require a five-year development time.”
Miyamoto didn’t state what exactly he had in mind with regards to smaller projects, but is hoping to start work on something in 2012, and show it game off publicly within the year.
We’re just glad Miyamoto isn’t retiring, as his creative mind would be a great loss to not only Nintendo, but the gaming industry as a whole. As for his new, smaller project, we can’t wait to see what he comes up with. Roll on 2012.