Nintendo has shot down reports that Shigeru Miyamoto intends to retire from his current position as design chief and take on a smaller role in the company.
The Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda creator is quoted by Wired as saying he's getting ready to pass the torch to younger developers he has nurtured over the years.
"Inside our office, I've been recently declaring, 'I'm going to retire, I'm going to retire,'" he said. "I'm not saying that I'm going to retire from game development altogether. What I mean by retiring is, retiring from my current position.
He added: "What I really want to do is be in the forefront of game development once again myself. Probably working on a smaller project with even younger developers. Or I might be interested in making something that I can make myself, by myself. Something really small."
In a response to the report issued to Reuters, Nintendo claimed there had been a "misunderstanding" in the interview, which was carried out using a translator.
"This is absolutely not true," said a Nintendo spokesperson. "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."