Speaking to investors, Nintendo’s figurehead developer and designer Shigeru Miyamoto came out to say that he was shifting his main focus from overseeing Mario or Zelda game development, and instead looking for new ideas.
He seems to think it’s his “basic job” to find the next “big hit” for nintendo. Makes sense that he would feel such a way after essentially establishing the company in a market of videogames.
“I am spending more time than before on finding new ideas for new developments, rather than focusing my energy on work in my teams in order to solidify the contents of (existing) franchise titles.”
“I am acting with the understanding that one big hit title can change multiple phases of a situation in the entertainment business, and I feel that finding such one big hit is my basic job.”
Satoru Iwata then came in to explain how the company will address the issue of Miyamoto exploring new avenues:
“There have been many people who have observed how Mr. Miyamoto works, or have been left in situations where they have to take on more significant responsibility without being allowed to be dependent upon Mr. Miyamoto.
“I am confident that people are growing. Even for the development fields that required Mr. Miyamoto’s involvement in the past, the situation is changing.”
It seems that Miyamoto wants even more hands off time from his old projects so he can begin a new one. Makes sense, although the last truly original game we saw from the man was Pikmin and that seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth at the moment.