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Shigeru Miyamoto (宮本 茂 Miyamoto Shigeru, born November 16, 1952) is a Japanese video game designer. He is the creator of the Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox, Nintendogs, Wave Race, and Pikmin video game series for Nintendo game systems.

He is one of the world's most famous game designers and is often called the father of modern video gaming. His titles are characterized by refined control-mechanics and imaginative worlds in which you are encouraged to discover things for yourself, as well as basic storylines, which had been almost unheard of before he introduced one of the first, featuring Mario.

Employed by Nintendo, then a Hanafuda manufacturer, as an artist, in 1980 he was given the task of designing one of their first coin-op arcade games. The resulting title was Radar Scope[1], which was not as big a success as Nintendo was hoping for. He later redesigned the game into Donkey Kong which was a huge success and the game's lead character, Jump Man — now called Mario — has become Nintendo's mascot. Miyamoto quickly became Nintendo's star producer designing many franchises for the company, most of which are still active and very well-regarded.

He is currently the Director and General Manager of Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development (EAD), the corporate sector of Nintendo of Japan. In 1998, Miyamoto became the first person to be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame.

Contrary to popular belief, Shigeru Miyamoto is not the creator of the Metroid series; Gunpei Yokoi and Yoshio Sakamoto started the series. He was the producer of the Prime trilogy, however.


  1. ^ Developer Profile: Intelligent Systems. IGN. Retrieved on 2007-08-08.

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