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In this Japanese name, the family name is Miyamoto.
Shigeru Miyamoto
Shigeru Miyamoto at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2012
BornNovember 16, 1952 (1952-11-16) (age 67)
Sonobe, Kyoto, Japan
Alma materKanazawa College of Art
OccupationGame Director, Game Producer, Character Artist, Game designer, EAD General Manager
Spouse(s)Yasuko Miyamoto
Parent(s)Iijake Miyamoto (Father)
Hinako Aruha (Mother)
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Shigeru Miyamoto at GDC 2007.

Shigeru Miyamoto (宮本 茂 Miyamoto Shigeru?, born November 16, 1952)[1] is a Japanese game designer. He created the Donkey Kong, Mario, Pikmin and The Legend of Zelda video game series for Nintendo.

He is one of the most famous game designers in the world and is often called the father of modern video gaming. His games give players many ways to play and explore. This was unique in video games when his games were first released.

Miyamoto started working with Nintendo in 1977 as an artist when it was still a toy and playing-card company. In 1980, he designed Donkey Kong, which was a big success. Miyamoto became Nintendo's leading producer, and he continues to create many popular games for Nintendo today.

Awards and recognition

The name of the main character of the PC game Daikatana, Hiro Miyamoto, is for Miyamoto.[2] The character Gary Oak from the Pokémon anime series is named Shigeru in Japan. He is the rival of Ash Ketchum (called Satoshi in Japan). Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri was mentored by Miyamoto.

In 1998, Miyamoto was the first person to be in the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame.[3] In 2006, Miyamoto was made a Chevalier (knight) of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres.[4]

On November 28, 2006, Miyamoto was in TIME Asia's "60 Years of Asian Heroes," alongside Hayao Miyazaki, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Bruce Lee and the Dalai Lama.[5] He was later one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of the Year in both 2007[6] and also in 2008.[7] At the Game Developers Choice Awards, on March 7, 2007, Miyamoto received the Lifetime Achievement Award.[8] Both GameTrailers and IGN placed Miyamoto first on their lists for the "Top Ten Game Creators" and the "Top 100 Game Creators of All Time".[9][10]

He was made a Fellow of BAFTA at the British Academy Video Games Awards on March 19, 2010.[11] In 2012, Miyamoto was the first interactive creator to be awarded the highest recognition in the Spanish-speaking world, the Prince of Asturias Award.[12][13]


  1. Shigeru Miyamoto on IMDb
  2. "A Hardcore Elegy for Ion Storm". p. 5. Archived from the original on 6 December 2006. Retrieved 19 September 2007.
  3. "Miyamoto Will Enter Hall of Fame". GameSpot. 12 May 1998. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
  4. François Bliss de la Boissière (15 March 2006). "From Paris with Love: de Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres". Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  5. Wright, Will (2006-11-13). "Shigeru Miyamoto: The video-game guru who made it O.K. to play". TIME Magazine. Retrieved 28 November 2006.
  6. Wendel, Johnathan (2007-05-03). "The TIME 100 (2007) – Shigeru Miyamoto". TIME Magazine.,28804,1595326_1615737_1615521,00.html. Retrieved 3 May 2007.
  7. "Who is Most Influential? – The 2008 TIME 100 Finalists". TIME Magazine. 2008-04-01.,28804,1725112_1726934_1726935,00.html. Retrieved 12 April 2008.
  8. Carless, Simon (12 February 2007). "2007 Game Developers Choice Awards To Honor Miyamoto, Pajitnov". Gamasutra. Retrieved 12 February 2007.
  9. "Top Ten Game Creators". Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  10. "Top 100 Game Creators of all Time". IGN. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  11. Beaumont, Claudine (24 February 2010). "Shigeru Miyamoto honoured by Bafta". London Telegraph (London: Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  12. "Shigeru Miyamoto, Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities". Fundación Príncipe de Asturias. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  13. Brice, Katherine (24 March 2010). "Miyamoto nominated for top Spanish honour". Eurogamer Network. Retrieved 21 June 2010.