Most of Shigeru Miyamoto’s games were commercial and critical successes including the Mario franchises, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox, and F-Zero.
His influence to an infant yet resilient entertainment medium is indisputable. Will Wright, a legend in his own rights amongst gamers and developers, wrote of Miyamoto:
Starting with his first hit, Donkey Kong, and continuing through his megafranchises Super Mario Bros. and Legend of Zelda, Miyamoto has repeatedly proved himself a master of his craft. Along the way, he has not only created some of our most beloved entertainment experiences, he has also built a modern mythology that captures the joy and wonder of exploring these playful micro-worlds.
This week, the influential game developer will be honored with a BAFTA Fellowship– some sort of Hall of Fame award in the UK— for helping to ‘develop an entire creative industry, and is still a major force in its continuing success’.
Upon hearing the good news Miyamoto acknowledged everyone that worked with him. “Our video games cannot be created by one person; since Donkey Kong until the most recent.”
Now, that’s a nice guy!