Shigeru Miyamoto has stated that he no longer needs to lead new game development projects because the producers he's trained over the years are now trustworthy enough to do so independently.
In an interview for the 100th issue of Official Nintendo Magazine, Miyamoto was asked about his apprentices and whether he had any star pupils in particular.
"As you saw at our presentation at E3, Mr Aonuma chased me off stage... he doesn't need me any more!" Miyamoto replied, referring to Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma. "The final responsibility for the title still comes down to me and I'm still involved in the games, but I'm definitely able to leave the series up to him in a way.
"I don't have to look at every minute detail of every game any more. I know there's going to be the level of quality that we expect under his supervision."
Miyamoto said that this was not just the case with the Zelda series, noting that the numerous producers he has trained over the years at Nintendo are now skilled enough to be trusted to work on their own without his supervision.
"Similarly, we have Koizumi-san, who's the producer of the Mario series, and it's the same type of situation," he explained. "And certainly Konno-san with Mario Kart, too. And Mr Eguchi, producer of the Animal Crossing series.
"These are the main producers that we've trained who are talented enough and we can allow them to oversee the project and manage all the details and still maintain the Nintendo level of quality."
In July this year, Miyamoto revealed to Famitsu magazine that he is working on a new Wii U title that hasn't been announced yet.
"I can't say too much in detail right now," he told them, "but I've been pretty busy with this title these days."
The full interview with Miyamoto can be found in issue 100 of Official Nintendo Magazine.