Shigeru Miyamoto to Retire -- Someday

Nintendo icon Shigeru Miyamoto will need to retire someday, a realization that he and the rest of us will have to cope with.

In a recent interview with Spanish language newspaper El Mundo, Shigeru Miyamoto says that he has been telling Nintendo insiders that he will need to retire at some point since he is almost 60, and that they should prepare for this eventual occurrence. Miyamoto says that he is still active, but has already started to give more and more responsibility to younger staff members and that their visions are increasingly like his for such iconic Nintendo characters such as Mario and Zelda.

Miyamoto says in a way it is sad, because it is almost like he isn't needed any longer, but he is thankful that the characters will continue on after his departure.

The thought of a Miyamoto-less Nintendo is a sad one for gamers around the world, and I'm sure a daunting one for Nintendo execs. Clearly, Shigeru Miyamoto is one of the most -- if not THE most -- influential, ground-breaking person in the video game industry. His never-ending imagination and tireless energy have brought millions of people throughout the world, in all age ranges, extreme happiness on a constant basis. Even though he may eventually retire, he will never be forgotten or irrelevant. Mr. Miyamoto, we are truly thankful for your contributions to our lives and when you do retire, we hope you are able to relax and truly enjoy it -- you certainly deserve it!

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