Miyamoto recently did an interview with Gixel that took a long look at a lot of different aspects of his career. It’s a very interesting interview that really gives some heavy insight into the creator of Zelda and Mario, such as the fact he considers himself to be a designer, not an artist. That he makes products, rather than art (though doesn’t deny others can do it the other way around). That all being considered, one of the most relevant remarks he had to say dealt with the Nintendo Switch.
We know based on older interviews that Miyamoto was one of the primary people behind the Wii U and that he felt after that project that maybe he needed to take a step back. Over time he has let some of the younger minds at Nintendo take center stage, which lead to the creation of Splatoon. Beyond that, he has been hands off with the Nintendo Switch development and according to him, the younger minds at Nintendo are the ones to thank for the device if you happen to love it:
There was a misunderstanding around my supposed retirement. Really at the time what we were talking about was giving more opportunity and more leadership opportunity to younger people in the company. So rather than me leading everything we were really expanding that role out to others that had come up within the company. Somehow that got misinterpreted as the fact that I was retiring.
We have these younger people in the company who are taking the lead on Switch development and it’s really been them that have put this forward and designed this system. They’re the ones that have really shepherded it through the process. Because of that, what it’s allowed me to do is focus on other projects like Super Mario Run or the Universal theme park. I’m going to keep looking for these kinds of opportunities where I can do something new and fun.
It certainly seems Miyamoto’s role is shifting inside the company as the new younger generation of developers now get their crack at making Nintendo tick. Hopefully the Switch can live up to the hype.
Source: Nintendo Everything