CoG 2011: The Hall of Heroes – The Hero of Designers


~ Shigeru Miyamoto ~

Fending off veterans Ralph Baer, Hideo Kojima, Sid Meier and Richard Garriott, the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto seems a perfectly fitting (if not rather inevitable) choice for selection as our first ever Hero of Designers.

The Japanese mastermind is something of a living god in the games industry. Name five game franchises and chances are he’s made three of them. Miyamoto – hallowed be his name – is the man behind some of the most iconic game series ever created, including Super Mario and all its progeny, The Legend of Zelda, Starfox, Donkey Kong, Pikmin and F-Zero. He has also assisted in the orchestration of other immensely popular projects like Pokémon, Metroid and Nintendogs.

Famous for his beaming smile, Miyamoto has helped shape the games industry in truly staggering ways. Children of successive generations, from the ’80s to the present day, have been raised on his unique, colourful and friendly characters, all welcoming to a new world of interactive entertainment. Indeed, Nintendo’s reputation for simple, wholesome fun and enjoyment is owed almost entirely to this man.

When one ponders the truly meteoric impact the shy, Kyoto-born designer has had on the industry since its earlier beginnings, particularly his almost single-handed forging of the medium’s image, the mind is left in awe at his genius achievements.

Hero Miyamoto, welcome to the Hall.

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