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Nintendo on new leaders and younger devs, Miyamoto looking for staff “who aren’t super-passionate game fans”

Posted on December 29, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

Over the past few years, we’ve heard more and more about Nintendo letting the younger generation of developers step into the limelight. Shigeru Miyamoto himself has also spoke previously about wanting to step back so that some of the newer staff can thrive.

Nintendo commented about this as part of a new feature on The New York Times. One noteworthy quote specifically is from Miyamoto, who said that he’s looking to bring in “designers who aren’t super-passionate game fans” because he wants them to have “different interests and skill sets.”

Here are the full quotes from Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi, Miyamoto, and Kosuke Yabuki:

“While we were truly saddened by Iwata’s passing, it came at a time when new leaders were rising in the company.” – Nintendo’s Takahashi

“More and more I am trying to let the younger generation fully take the reins. 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.” – Shigeru Miyamoto

“Our mission remains the same: to find unique ways to explore play. The difference is that, perhaps, now is our time.” – Kosuke Yabuki, Mario Kart 8 director and ARMS producer

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