Shigeru Miyamoto has personally addressed reports suggesting he plans to retire from Nintendo.
His latest comments were made following seemingly misinterpreted statements featured in an interview with Wired earlier this week.
The Mario and Zelda creator is said to have told the Wall Street Journal that he is very healthy and isn't planning to retire any time soon.
He said through a translator: "We have to construct the structure so that the organisation... can make it without me.
"I should also admit that it might be better without me; I mean that a different approach and different talent might emerge, though I shouldn't dwell on this because then the article might indeed say 'Mr. Miyamoto is thinking about retiring,' because that is not the case."
Miyamoto also urged consumers to try 3DS now that flagship games Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land are out.
"We were often asked, 'What can you do with the 3DS?' and it was difficult for us to explain in words," he said. "Now we have Super Mario 3D Land and all we have to say is, 'Please try it, and you'll see what the 3DS entails.'"
The legendry designer reportedly acknowledged that both Mario games should have been available for the 3DS at launch.