Shigeru Miyamoto (宮本 茂, Miyamoto Shigeru), born November 16, 1952, Sonobe, Kyoto) is a Japanese video game designer and creator of many of Nintendo's flagship franchise characters, such as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, Fox, Falco, Captain Falcon, Olimar, and other Nintendo icons. He is known by many as the father of modern gaming, and is often credited with the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Wii.
Miyamoto is one of the most internationally recognized and celebrated people in the industry. He was even chosen by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the year and in 1998, he was the first person to be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame.
History in Nintendo
Shigeru Miyamoto was one of the first Nintendo employees to invent one of the most popular video games. He created Super Mario Bros. in the mid-1980s. He moved on to the Donkey Kong series and later made rivals with fellow Nintendo employee, Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokémon. Mario and Pokémon rivaled each other for many years until Shigeru and Satoshi eventually decided to work together. Their rivalry, however, had an effect on both of their franchises.
Shigeru Miyamoto's Mario series has, in the past, rivaled the Sonic the Hedgehog series, but the two have since collaborated. The competition between the two franchises is reflected upon in games such as Mario vs. Sonic at the Olympic Games.
- N-Sider—Shigeru Miyamoto profile
- Shigeru Miyamoto at MobyGames
- Shigeru Miyamoto at RAWG.io
- Profile in the NewYorker magazine
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