Happy 59th Birthday Shigeru Miyamoto,
Creator of the Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Kid Icarus, Kirby, Star Fox, F-Zero and many more games that have kept us entertained for endless hours of gameplay across various formats. He currently manages and runs the Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development branch, which handles many of Nintendo’s top titles. Miyamoto’s games have been seen on every Nintendo video game console, with his earliest work appearing on arcade machines. His games have received critical praise from many reviewers, and he has been the recipient of various awards.
Miyamoto was born in the Japanese town of Sonobe, Kyoto on November 16, 1952. Miyamoto’s later work was greatly influenced by his childhood experiences in the town. From an early age, he began to explore the forest around his home. On one of these expeditions, Miyamoto came upon a cave, and, after days of hesitation, went inside. Miyamoto’s expeditions into the Kyoto countryside inspired his later work, particularly the Nintendo Entertainment System version of The Legend of Zelda. Miyamoto graduated from Kanazawa Municipal College of Industrial Arts with no job lined up. He also had a love for manga and initially intended to become a professional manga artist before considering a career in video games, where the manga influence in his work would later be evident. He first started his career in 1979 in the company’s first original coin-operated arcade game, Sheriff. In 1985 after Mario Bros., Miyamoto worked on several different games, including Ice Climber and Kid Icarus alongside Yokoi. He soon made another Mario game titled Super Mario Bros. and Miyamoto then began work on a new game, The Legend of Zelda. In both the Mario and Zelda series, Miyamoto decided to focus more on gameplay than on high scores, unlike many games of the time. He’s one of the most highly respected and influential video game’s designers and producers in the world and we want to wish him a very happy birthday. Without him, there would be no Mario!