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Shigeru Miyamoto Unlikely to take over as Nintendo President, says Analysts


While Shigeru Miyamoto and Genyo Takeda are currently splitting the duties for Nintendo as president,  analyst are now saying it’s unlikely Miyamoto will take on the role full-time. It seems Takeda is the likely successor to Iwata-san. 

“I am pretty sure that the candidate will come from within the business; the very essence of Nintendo games draws from decades of management recognising a market desire for mass market fun,” Nick Parker of Parker Consulting told GamesIndustry.

“The obvious two choices are Takeda-san or Miyamoto-san, the former a hardware technology company veteran, the latter, the king of Nintendo first party content. Although it would be a romantic dream to have the company led by the father of Mario, I think Takeda-san has more corporate experience and really understands hardware; it was he who argued for a new interface for the Wii rather than just a faster Gamecube with better graphics.”

“Genyo Takeda, who helped Punch-Out and Startropics, was one of the main devs on the Wii, and has a similar trajectory in the company as Iwata (from programmer to manager to executive),” noted the manager of Qualitative Insights at EEDAR, Mike Schramm.

“Takeda is likely a lead candidate for the job. Nintendo also has a number of executives on its board of directors who also could step up into the spot. It’s very unlikely that the company would hire someone from outside Japan or from another corporation, as Nintendo doesn’t need to (and shouldn’t want to) make waves with this appointment. Most likely it’ll be a senior Japanese executive at the company, ideally someone who has had a hand in game development at some point.”

Via: VGChartz,

  • Bernadet Gnuyen

    I would take him on a heart beat …sooo much experience in gaming.

  • Micah Ma-at Maragh

    Me, Triforce and Liger said the exact same thing in a podcast last week. Software is Miyamotos bread and butter and that’s what he should stick to, also his position gives him more freedom to train up younger developers for the future. When Iwata became president the unfortunate downside was his inability to be more involved in software. Phenomenal business man and leader, but it would have been cool to see him have more input in software. I wouldn’t want to see that happen to Miyamoto. Also Miyamoto is way to humble and proud to accept such a position. We’re talking about a man who wouldn’t even accept a pay rise.

    Takeda on the other hand is in a better position as Nintendo makes its hardware for its games. The hardware is basically the foundation for game development. So choosing the right hardware in a sense is an executive decision cos it affects the overall business in a big way. So I definitely agree that Takeda is in the better position to take over than Miyamoto.


    Miyamoto is Nintendo’s current CEO. SO all these analysts have their nickers in a twist and bunch. Soon a permanent one shall be chosen.

    • awang0718

      Miyamoto and Takeda are currently both interim CEO’s. Not just Miyamoto.

      • PRIMUS

        You do realize that him being interim is the same as he running the whole of Nintendo? So you think I would just post a statement like that not knowing that Takeda San is also in charge? My statement is in regards to warped analysts that have no inkling as to what running a corporation constitutes.

        • awang0718

          Yes I realize being interim is the same as being in charge (right now). Your original comment made it seem like you thought only Miyamoto was in charge. Obviously, you know better. :)

          • PRIMUS

            Glad we agree :). Now when we get Devil’s third, are you going to join my clan?

          • awang0718

            Not gonna buy Devi’s Third. There are better alternatives out on the market. Gonna have to get a PS4 or Xbox One though…

  • eaglebob345

    I’m pretty sure Miyamoto already said he wouldn’t want to do it a while ago.

  • Ryuken13

    A good CEO typically craves the power and loves the politics that go with the role. Miyamoto-san does not seem to be that type of person.

    • PRIMUS

      You are defining EA CEOs.

  • awang0718

    I agree. I highly doubt Miyamoto will be appointed Nintendo’s next CEO. He spent his whole life as a software creator, and he will remain a software guy until the day he retires (or passes). Same goes with Aonuma and Sakurai. However, I also doubt Takeda will take over either, since he is in charge of Nintendo’s hardware development and is likely working vigorously on the NX.

    Whoever Iwata’s successor is, he/she will almost certainly be from Japan. Whether the person will be from Nintendo’s Board of Directors is a much more interesting question. He/She will be in charge of:

    - Upcoming Wii U & Nintendo 3DS software (and potential hardware revisions)
    - Upcoming and future mobile software
    - NX and other future Nintendo gaming hardware
    - Their Quality of Life initiative
    - Club Nintendo’s successor X DeNA

    The boots are going to be very hard to fill, and just simply finding a random guy/girl who holds some kind of business degree won’t cut it. This person needs enthusiasm, passion, and some kind of background in gaming.