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Shigeru Miyamoto ( Japanese : 宮本 茂 , Hepburn : Miyamoto Shigeru , born November 16, 1952 [4] ) ( pronounced  [mijamoto ɕiɡeɾɯ] ) is a Japanese video game designer and producer , currently serving as the co-Representative Director of Nintendo . He is best known as the creator of some of the most critically acclaimed and best-selling video games and franchises of all time, such as Mario , The Legend of Zelda , Star Fox , F-Zero , Donkey Kong and Pikmin .

Miyamoto was born in the Japanese town of Sonobe , a rural town northwest of Kyoto , [6] on November 16, 1952. His parents were of "modest means," and his father taught the English language. [6]

From an early age, Miyamoto began to explore the natural areas 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 Legend of Zelda , a seminal video game. [7]

Miyamoto graduated from Kanazawa Municipal College of Industrial Arts with a degree in industrial design [6] but no job lined up. He also had a love for manga and initially hoped to become a professional manga artist before considering a career in video games. [8] He was influenced by manga's classical kishōtenketsu narrative structure, [9] as well as Western genre television shows . [10] The title that inspired him to enter the video game industry was the 1978 arcade hit Space Invaders . [11]

Nintendo, a relatively small Japanese company, had traditionally sold playing cards and other novelties, although it had started to branch out into toys and games in the mid-1960s. Through a mutual friend, Miyamoto's father arranged an interview with Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi . After showing some of his toy creations, Miyamoto was hired in 1977 as an apprentice in the planning department. [6]

As Nintendo released its first home video game console, the Family Computer (rereleased in North America as the Nintendo Entertainment System ), Miyamoto made two of the most momentous titles for the console and in the history of video games as a whole: Super Mario Bros. (a sequel to Mario Bros. ) and The Legend of Zelda (an entirely original title).


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