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Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed that it is unlikely that he will have the time necessary to work on the Italian plumber’s next title, instead looking to invest his time in “smaller-scale” projects.

It’s an indication that not only is Miyamoto continuing to pass responsibility to younger developers at Nintendo who will succeed him following retirement, but that he himself instills confidence in the game’s that they can create.

“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,” Miyamoto explained to GameKult.

“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!”

[Thanks IGN]

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.