Mario Creator Reminisces On How He Joined Nintendo; Talks About Retirement

He wants to continue serving the industry until he cannot anymore.

Story Highlights

  • The Zelda and Mario creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, appeared in an interview and explained how he joined Nintendo.
  • The influential figure also talks about his retirement; he does not want to quit unless his health forces him.

Today, Nintendo is among the big shots in the gaming industry, but things could have been quite different without Shigeru Miyamoto. The Zelda and Mario creator appeared in an interview with The Guardian and discussed what started his foray into game designing with Nintendo. He joined the company because he wanted to “make something weird,” which led to his first release, the highly acclaimed Donkey Kong.

A lot of my classmates were going off to car manufacturers or electronics manufacturers, but I wanted to make something weird, something interesting, and that’s how I came upon Nintendo,” says Shigeru Miyamoto.

He became a part of Nintendo as Space Invaders dominated the Arcade scene. As a result, Shigeru was quite motivated to leave his mark early in the industry. The early triumph, Donkey Kong, became a global sensation and jumpstarted his lifelong career in game design, leading to creations like Mario and Zelda we know today.

It has only been a couple of days since he hit the ripe age of 71. While discussing retiring, Shigeru mentions that he does not want to hand over his reigns voluntarily. However, the game designer recognizes that his health could degrade suddenly in the future, thus forcing him to quit.

More so than retiring, I’m thinking about the day I fall over. In this day and age you have to think about things in a five-year timespan, so I do think about who I can pass things on to, in case something does happen.”


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The feats achieved by the Mario creator are still making it to the charts on a regular basis. We can expect many more creations by Nintendo to preserve fragments of Shigeru’s hard work in the future.

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Shameer Sarfaraz is a Senior News Writer on eXputer who loves to devoutly keep up with the gaming and entertainment industries. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and several years of experience reporting on games. Besides his passion for breaking news stories, Shahmeer loves spending his leisure time farming away in Stardew Valley. His articles have been cited by VGC, IGN, GameSpot, Game Rant, TheGamer, GamingBolt, The Verge, NME, Metro, Dot Esports, GameByte, Kotaku Australia, PC Gamer, and more.

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