Exclusive: Miyamoto's duties slashed as 'big game focus' decided for famed producer
NOJ - 'Miyamoto to be working on significantly fewer games'
8th Mar 2004
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We have received word form highly placed sources within Nintendo of Japan that famed Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto has had his duties slashed, with the producer now working on a significantly smaller portfolio of titles.
"Miyamoto must concentrate on few games with more focus," a Nintendo source explained to our contact in Japan. "There are huge games that need his full attention, so the general overseeing of a broad range of products must be cut back," news that surely points to the absence of Mario 128 in any form for what is becoming an embarrassing amount of time.
"His responsibilities for overseeing the development of other titles will be passed to Eiji Aonuma and a team of other senior producers at Nintendo," the Nintendo official continued.
This shift in focus for Miyamoto - which seems to be no real secret internally at NOJ - is designed to see games in the Zelda, Pikmin and Mario series reach the marketplace, having been fully worked by Miyamoto to his fullest satisfaction, in a shorter timeframe.
It would also be possible to point towards the disappointed reaction to Mario Sunshine as a catalyst for this decision.
If we learn any more, we'll let you know.