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Wired Sticks By Miyamoto "Retirement" Story

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Posted December 8, 2011 - By Stephen Johnson

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In statements made to G4tv.com, Wired magazine has defended its reporting of the “stepping down” of Nintendo visionary Shigeru Miyamoto, as presented in a recent interview.

The interview sent tremors through the gaming world and financial markets when Miyamoto said that he was retiring from his current position as head of Nintendo’s game design department and changing his role within the company in order to focus on creating smaller games than his most recent titles. Nintendo responded to the interview with a statement that seems to contradict Miyamoto’s words, saying, “Video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto's role at Nintendo is not changing.”

We spoke to Wired editor Chris Kohler who confirmed that Miyamoto’s statements were reported accurately. “Miyamoto’s comments as presented in our story are exactly what Miyamoto said, and presented with the full context of his remarks,” Kohler said. “We are absolutely standing by those statements as reported.”

Miyamoto’s native language is Japanese, leading some to speculate that Miyamoto’s remarks may have changed in translation. Nintendo itself initially categorized the remarks as a “misunderstanding.”

"This is absolutely not true," a spokeswoman for Nintendo told Reuters. "There seems to have been a misunderstanding. He has said all along that he wants to train the younger generation.”

According to Kohler, the translator used for the interview was Nintendo’s own. “It was Mr. [Yasuhiro] Minagawa; who has been Miyamoto’s translator for a very, very, very long time,” Kohler said. “I did an interview with Miyamoto in 2002, and Mr. Minagawa was Miyamoto’s translator then. It is Nintendo’s translator, not ours.”

On the news of the retirement, Nintendo shares fell two percent to 11,040 yen on the Nikkei index, compared with a 0.7 per cent drop in the Nikkei average on Thursday.

Nintendo hasn’t responded to my request for comment on this article.

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