If you have not heard of Shigeru Miyamoto yet, then you should check twice. The man is a legend having created a number of franchises including “Mario Bros.” and “The Legend of Zelda.”
And for his work, the Japanese government has awarded Miyamoto the Person of Cultural Merit on November 3, which is recognized nationally as Culture Day in Japan. The award is the highest honor a person in a creative field can receive in Japan, and Miyamoto is the first person in the video game industry to receive the honor.
“The video games I’ve been involved in developing could not have been made by a single person, so I’m very humbled to receive this honor as an individual,” Miyamoto told the press.
Miyamoto has a long career in the videogame industry. Now 66, he began his career at Nintendo back in 1977 and since then has put Nintendo many times on the map having created Mario Bros, Zelda, Donkey Kong and Star Fox for them.
Each of these franchises have spawned dozens of titles and spinoffs, with more being developed every year.
“Those who started to develop games together close to 40 years ago are continuing to work together with me even now, while also cooperating with developers worldwide,” Miyamoto said. “I am very grateful for this acknowledgement given to our development teams for their sustained efforts and for recognition of the video game as Japanese culture. We will continue to make our utmost efforts to put smiles on the faces of people around the world.