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Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto is honoured for being a central figure in Japanese game development.

The Japanese government has announced the six recipients of the 2019 cultural medal and the annual list of 21 culturally-recognized people. In the latter category is none other than Nintendo’s legendary game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto.

Miyamoto san receives the honour in acknowledgement for being a central figure in game development and helping Japanese games become a world-class culture. It will be presented to Miyomoto at a ceremony in Tokyo on November 3, 2019.

Miyamoto joined Nintendo in 1977 and has worked on hundreds of games including Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Pikmin and countless others. He currently holds the roles of epresentative director and creative fellow.

Among the 20 other culturally-recognized people are movie critic Tadao Sato, painter Toshio Tabuchi and music producer, Misa Watanabe.

You can read more about the award and the recipeients of the cultural medal on Nikkei.

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