Miyamoto Working To Find The Next Big Nintendo Hit


Last month, Nintendo Senior Managing Director, Shigeru Miyamoto, shared in an interview that he would be taking a step back from supervising Nintendo’s development teams, and instead, focusing on training the company’s younger employees.


Additionally, Miyamoto also expressed a desire to work on his own, smaller projects, either by himself or alongside the younger staff that he intends to train.


That having been said, smaller projects or not, he’s still searching for the next big Nintendo hit, he says.


“I am spending more time than before on finding new ideas for new developments rather than focusing my energy on work in my (development) teams in order to solidify the contents of (existing) franchise titles,” Miyamoto shared with Nintendo’s investors during a recent Q&A session. “After all, developing big hit titles must be the solution [to Nintendo’s ongoing financial losses].”


He continues: “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.”


With regard to how he sees the company’s younger staff progressing, Miyamoto says that, in the case of recent graduates, he believes that college grades don’t really matter in the long run. Instead, he believes it is the kind of work they do while actively involved in game development that shapes their abilities.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.