Legend and Gaming Icon To Be Given UK Fellowship

Shigeru Miyamoto; only the third person since 1971 to be inducted to BAFTA Fellowship from the video gaming* industry

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!

Miyamato helped develop Donkey Kong for the US market, and was a breakthrough for Japanese video gamer Nintendo

Movie Adaptation of Super Mario Bros starring John Leguizamo

The Legend of Zelda has sold over 52 million copies since the release of its first game

* Will Wright (formerly of Maxis) was made a Fellow in 2006, and Nolan Bushnell (founder of Atari Inc) last year.