Shigeru Miyamoto, the mastermind behind iconic gaming franchises Super Mario and the Legend of Zelda, as well as being the brains behind the Nintendo Wii console, has been given the coveted BAFTA Fellowship award at the BAFTA Video Games Awards 2010. It is the highest accolade BAFTA bestows upon an individual.
“It is a great honour to receive this award here in London in front of so many fellow developers and industry professionals,” he said.
“When I started my career at Nintendo there was no such thing as video game making at the company. My only wish was to make something to surprise or entertain many people. I was lucky enough to get the job making video games from the dawn of the industry.
“I am humbled because I cannot develop a video game by myself. Therefore I am receiving the award on behalf of everyone who has worked with me over the past 30 years, and I’d like to thank every single person for their hard work.”
Miyamoto joins Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, and Harold Pinter as one of the few recipients of the award. Miyamoto is also the first Japanese recipient of any industry to be awarded the Fellowship.