In an exclusive interview with Wired.com, the father of gaming as we know it today announced his plans to retire. Shigeru Miyamoto, one of Nintendo‘s most famed designers, will step down from his current role in games development.
If you don’t know who Miyamoto is, consider him the Stan Lee of video games below the Nintendo banner. As Lee created a ton of the Marvel superheroes we all know and love today, Miyamoto was the mind behind classic Nintendo characters like Mario, Link, Donkey Kong and Fox.
Miyamoto clarified the news by stating that he is stepping down from his current position. He intends to have the younger staff of designers at Nintendo ante up and fill the gap he leaves.
While Miyamoto will no longer work on massive projects, the game creator and developer plans to stay on video games.
“What I really want to do is be in the forefront of game development once again myself…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…”
Wired indicated that Miyamoto hopes to show off his personal project sometime during 2012.
The world renowned designer is only 59 years old. Wired included a little tidbit from Miyamoto at the end of their piece that indicates he isn’t quite done with his work yet: “I’m interested in doing a variety of many other things…”
Sign me up.