All good things must come to an end, and it is a rather sad to hear that the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, will no longer spearhead massive games and projects, but will instead step down from his current position to work on smaller, more personal projects. I guess his swansong would be the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Super Mario 3D Land, both of which were released this year, and this passing of the baton to younger designers might see a change in game design philosophy. Hopefully future Mario and Zelda titles will continue in the spirit of Miyamoto by his padawans.
In Miyamoto’s own words, “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.” He hopes to show off the fruits of his new endeavors by next year, and I am quite sure the game will be a hit as well.
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