Wired magazine published quotes stating that he wanted to lighten his workload and would want the younger generation to take the spotlight.
A Nintendo spokesperson, in a report by Reuters, explained that Miyamoto was misquoted.
“This is absolutely not true. There seems to have been a misunderstanding. He has said all along that he wants to train the younger generation. He has no intention of stepping down. Please do not be concerned,”
So who is Shigeru Miyamoto?
He is the legendary video game designer and producer that made some of the most successful video game franchises of all time, including Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Star Fo, F-Zero, and Pikmin.
The Kyoto-born designer is a recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including a spot in both GameTrailers “Top Ten Game Creators” and IGN’s “Top 100 Game Creators of All Time”, and was the first interactive creator nominee at the Prince of Asturias Award, the highest recognition in the Spanish-speaking world. He was also featured in TIME Asia’s “60 Years of Asian Heroes” in 2006.