Shigeru Miyamoto has mentioned that his role at Nintendo has vastly changed over the years, but never to such an extent that he has suggested in a recent interview with Gamekult.

The legendary game designer stated that he could very well be stepping away from the series which made him a household name, Super Mario Bros.

“Creating a game of the caliber of 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.”

Mario has been left in the hands of capable directors in recent years, so even without Miyamoto’s input, I doubt the series will lose any of its relevancy. As for what Miyamoto has in mind, he will focus on smaller projects.

“I want to get involved again and 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. It is not impossible for me to work on a new game as the main producer in the future, but even when I’m not directly in charge of a project, I always look at what the teams does in terms of gameplay, and I trust them. Don’t worry about Mario!”

Should the upcoming Super Mario 3D World be the final game with Miyamoto’s stamp on it, will you be more inclined to sit back and enjoy it? It looks like it will be an absolute blast.