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Miyamoto to Step Away from Mario Games

Miyamoto & MarioLegendary video games designer and creator of Super Mario Shigeru Miyamoto has stated that it is unlikely that he will be directly involved in the creation of future games in the franchise, preferring instead to work on new ideas for Nintendo. It is likely however that he will continue to oversee important projects. Speaking to French website Gamekult he said:

Creating a Mario of 3D World’s calibre demands enormous energy and there is little chance that I’d be able to take the time necessary to work on the next Mario. Instead, I want to get involved more heavily in the development of new, smaller-scale projects, but that doesn’t necessarily mean just modest downloadable titles. It’s not impossible that I’ll present a new game as principal creator in the future, but even though I’m not directly in charge of a project, I’m always keeping an eye on what the teams are doing in terms of gameplay and I have confidence in them.

Don’t worry about Mario!

You can find the full interview in which Shigeru Miyamoto, Yoshiaki Koizumi and Kenta Motokura talk at greater length about Super Mario 3D World here. Super Mario 3D World is set for release on Wii U on November 22 in North America and November 29 in Europe.