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Miyamoto: Eiji Aonuma doesn't need me anymore

Nintendo legend tells ONM that he is able to leave the Zelda series to his apprentice

Shigeru Miyamoto has told Official Nintendo Magazine that he doesn't need to look at the little details in the Zelda, Mario and Mario Kart games as he trusts the producers that he's trained.

Miyamoto created the original Mario and Zelda games but new games such as The Legend Of Zelda Wii U, Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8 are in the hands of Miyamoto's apprentices - Eiji Aonuma, Yoshiaki Koizumi and Hideki Konno. It's a situation that Miyamoto is happy with.

Asked who his star apprentices are, Miyamoto said: "As you saw at our presentation at E3, Mr Aonuma chased me off stage... he doesn't need me any more! The final responsibility for the title still comes down to me and I'm still involved in the games, but i'm definitely able to leave the series up to him in a way."

Shigeru Miyamoto and ONM's Chandra Nair
Shigeru Miyamoto and ONM's Chandra Nair
Explaining how his role has changed, Miyamoto added: "I don't have to look at every minute detail of every game any more. I know there's going to be the level of quality that we expect under his supervision.

"Similarly we have Koizumi-san, who's the producer or the Mario series and it's the same type of situation. And certainly Konno-san with Mario Kart, too. And Mr Eguchi, producer of the Animal Crossing series. These are the main producers that we've trained who 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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  1. Mr Roboto Wednesday 25th Sep 2013 at 11:23

    Well Miyamoto has to retire some day.

    Nintendo need to get things in place to carry on his magic for when that dreaded day comes.

  2. martynm Wednesday 25th Sep 2013 at 12:05

    And if that's not the kind of approval Aonuma wanted then I don't know what is.

  3. starman292 Wednesday 25th Sep 2013 at 12:33

    It's great knowing Nintendo will stay in good hands, particularly as the Zelda series is my favorite.

  4. Mariostar222 Wednesday 25th Sep 2013 at 15:19

    chandra,you make miyamoto look like a mad man :| (no offence)

  5. MartinIsAwesome Wednesday 25th Sep 2013 at 22:32

    Of course, we all know what this means. More time for him to work on something new.

  6. KameRule Thursday 26th Sep 2013 at 17:19

    martinisawsome, thou shalt never see things the way normal people do. You see them like me. One day, the special people like us will rule the world

  7. MartinIsAwesome Thursday 26th Sep 2013 at 23:07

    One day, the special people like us will rule the world

    That's cool and e'ything, but I'd need to be a part-time Overlord.

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