Mario’s creator is now also a ‘Person of Cultural Merit’

Shigeru Miyamoto is one of the biggest names in video games. He is currently a Representative Director/Fellow at Nintendo, however, he has been a part of the giant Japanese company since 1977. Over the years, some of the biggest and most recognizable characters and titles exist thanks to Miyamoto; Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox, F-Zero, Donkey Kong – Miyamoto had a hand in all of them. His contribution to our favourite pastime cannot be underestimated and now Japan will bestow one of it’s greatest cultural awards on the famed designer.

As first spotted in an article by Brian Ashcraft in Kotaku, Shigeru Miyamoto will be one of the twenty recipients of this year’s Person of Cultural Merit honorees from the Japanese government. As explained by Ashcraft: “Those awarded the merit come from a variety of fields including the arts, music, science, and academia.

Well done Miyamoto-san! Thanks for brightening up our video game lives with your creative magic.

Nintendo Nerd, sharing my love of Mario with the world one pixel at a time.

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