In a roundabout way, Shigeru Miyamoto is one of the most influential human beings of the past century. In creating Super Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, and other Nintendo franchises that have become institutions unto themselves, Miyamoto has left a deep mark on gamers’ psyches while also influencing the look and feel of countless other games. So it makes perfect sense that he is being honored with Japan’s Person of Cultural Merit award. Cheesemeister on Twitter offers translated highlights of the news, drawn from Sankei News.
Shigeru Miyamoto to be recognized as a Person of Cultural Merit by Japan. In response, he said, "I'm thankful that light is being shined upon the genre of games." Not forgetting his co-workers: "This is a job where you can't do anything by yourself." https://t.co/hWn7lBpNYM https://t.co/jLHVznLPoW
— Cheesemeister (@Cheesemeister3k) October 29, 2019
In classic good guy fashion, we can see Shigeru Miyamoto credits others for his success. To be fair, credit is due to former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi for seeing the potential in Miyamoto, who famously brought a festive animal-themed clothes hanger to a job interview to illustrate creative thinking geared at enticing children.
Since his early days, Miyamoto has essentially become Nintendo’s mastermind, overseeing a little of everything. He has a formal title of “Creative Fellow,” and following the tragic passing of former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, Miyamoto briefly assumed greater shared control at Nintendo before the new president was formally appointed.
These days, people are mostly praying to the gods that Miyamoto has something to say about Pikmin 4 soon.
Let us know how you feel about gaming’s most influential designer earning Japan’s Person of Cultural Merit award.