Shigeru Miyamoto is a Nintendo legend, responsible for the creation of popular franchises like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Star Fox, and more. In recent generations, he’s also taken up quite an active role in the development of Nintendo’s hardware, calling the shots on the design for 3DS and Wii U. However, this is a role that he won’t be continuing in the future. Speaking with Fortune, Miyamoto discussed the underwhelming sales of Wii U and revealed that he is no longer in charge of Nintendo’s hardware decisions.
Miyamoto first echoed previous sentiments that
tablets hurt Wii U sales and that customers don’t understand Wii U, then opened up about a shift in his role at Nintendo.
“I’ve pulled myself back out of some of the hardware section and I’m really focused on some of the software that I’m involved in—for example, the new Starfox game. Of course I am observing and looking at the hardware, but I am not actively participating and making decisions.”
— Shigeru Miyamoto
Our knowledge of Nintendo’s next video game platform, NX, is limited right now (Nintendo just keeps using the phrase “brand new concept” to describe it), but we know that Miyamoto is not the creative force behind it. Instead, Miyamoto is shifting his focus back to making games. Are you happy with this decision?