by Alleef Ashaari in

Every year, the Japanese government honours individuals for their cultural contributions to the country and humanity, by awarding them with the Person Of Cultural Merit. Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto is one of twenty people to be named a Person Of Cultural Merit in 2019 (via Japanese publication Sankei).

Miyamoto is one of the most famous figures in video game history, responsible for creating legendary franchises like Mario, The Legend Of Zelda, and Donkey Kong. He even replaced Satoru Iwata as acting president of Nintendo for several months in 2015, before becoming a Creative Fellow at the Japanese games giant.

Receiving the award, the living legend responded by saying (as translated by Twitter user @Cheesemeister3k):

“I’m thankful that light is being shined upon the genre of games.

This is a job where you can’t do anything by yourself.”

Miyamoto is the first figure hailing from the games industry to receive the Person Of Cultural Merit. Other figures in similar fields include Shigeru Mizuki of GeGeGe no Kitaro fame in 2010 and Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki in 2012.

Thanks for everything you’ve done (and still doing) for gamers and the games industry, Miyamoto-san. You are part of the reason that games are so beloved now, so we appreciate it.

(Image Credits: The Wall Street Journal)


Aspiring writer. Born in Amsterdam, raised in Malaysia. Comics are my passion. A gamer and science fiction enthusiast. PSN: AlleefAshaari
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