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At 71, Shigeru Miyamoto Says He Has No Plans to Retire

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Shigeru Miyamoto, the creative mastermind behind Nintendo’s iconic franchises like Mario, Zelda, and more, has unequivocally declared his stance on retirement at the age of 71. In an interview with The Guardian, Miyamoto expressed a sentiment that diverges from conventional retirement aspirations. His perspective revolves around a perpetual commitment to his craft, intending to persist until his last breath.

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Beyond Retirement: A Legacy of Creation

“More than retiring, I contemplate the day when I fall and can’t rise again,” elucidated Miyamoto, candidly referring to his eventual passing. “In today’s world, one must contemplate things in a five-year span, so I contemplate who I can entrust things to, in case something happens,” he further explicated, showcasing a pragmatic yet poignant outlook.

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A Humble Relinquishing of Ownership

“I’m deeply grateful for the vibrant energy surrounding the creations I’ve nurtured. They’ve permeated the world… nurtured by others, crafted by others, aiding their growth. Hence, I no longer possess a strong sense of ownership over them,” Miyamoto humbly acknowledged, embodying a selfless detachment from his own creations.

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A Playful Glimpse into the Future

Playfully, Miyamoto quipped about the prospect of fading into obscurity as younger individuals take the reins of his beloved franchises. “There’s a scene in Iron Man where the president goes to his own company, and the guard doesn’t let him in. He points to his portrait and says, ‘That’s me!'” he jests. “But I sincerely hope the teams I collaborate with, at the very least, remember me as the creator of these endeavors!”

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An Enduring Legacy


Since 1977, Miyamoto has been an integral part of Nintendo. He’s renowned for birthing some of the most revered franchises in gaming history, including Super Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, F-Zero, Pikmin, and Star Fox. His legacy remains ingrained in the annals of gaming history, a testament to his unwavering dedication and creative prowess.

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