The New York Times recently interviewed Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi and Shigeru Miyamoto, focusing on the Nintendo Switch. Miyamoto in particular went into some detail on the changing of the guard that is happening in Nintendo.
Here are the highlights:
– Shinya Takahashi, Nintendo EPD General Manager: “While we were truly saddened by Iwata’s passing, it came at a time when new leaders were rising in the company.”
– Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo Creative Fellow: “More and more I am trying to let the younger generation fully take the reins.”
– Miyamoto also mentioned that he wants people who are more likely to create new kinds of play, rather than merely perfecting current ones. He said, “I always look for designers who aren’t super-passionate game fans… I make it a point to ensure they’re not just a gamer, but that they have a lot of different interests and skill sets.”
– Several current star developers at Nintendo had no video game experience when they were hired.