Mr. Miyamoto has been at Nintendo since 1978, and rumors of retirement occasionally pop up. "I turn 61 this year," he says. "So I'm at an age where as I look around at people who work in different companies and they're all reaching an age where they're thinking about retirement, I guess people might expect me to be thinking of retiring. But at the same time, I look at the work that I'm doing, and the fun that I'm having – this is something that I can still continue to do for a long time." He smiles. "You know, possibly until I die."
Even so, Miyamoto is making sure his staff will be ready for his exit, whenever it may come. "One thing that's very important for me is to make sure that Nintendo as a company can continue to create products even if I'm not there. So one of the things that I continually say to my teams is 'Pretend like I'm not here. I'm not going help you.'"