I didn't know any of that, although I can't say I pay a lot of attention to such things. I think it always appears that Miyamoto is hugely involved in everything. Maybe they need to spend more time talking about all of these other designers and games so that people are more aware of it and so that we appreciate that Nintendo do have a lot of up and coming talent. Perhaps we just don't hear so much about these things outside of Japan.
zoolophage wrote:Miyamoto is a legend but there comes a time when even the most talented need to step back to allow the next generation to prosper.
Miyamoto oversees a lot of projects, and its a little unclear how much input he has in each one, but his two babies, Mario and Zelda, have been successfully transitioned into new directors, Koizumi, for 3D Mario, Tezuka for 2D Mario (who himself trained a new team to make New Super Mario Bros. 2) and Aonuma for Zelda. Neither Mario Kart nor Pikmin is even directed by him any more. His training of these new teams was essentially complete during the Gamecube generation. Only two of Nintendo's five breakthrough hits during the DS/Wii generation were Miyamoto darlings (Wii Fit and Nintendogs). Brain Training, Animal Crossing's rise from niche to worldbeater franchise and Wii Sports were all primarily orchestrated by other people. They've also got another legendary designer (Sakamoto) there who is releasing hits at a decent clip (Wario Ware, Rhythm Heaven, Tomodachi Collection) but for some reason, whose name is not as well-known.
From the man's own words in recent interviews, it seems like he might be working on some downloadable games recently, instead of package releases.