Shigeru Miyamoto is one of the industry's founding fathers and there's no doubt the industry would be a very different place without him, so it seems fair that he's paid accordingly. Recently documents that reveal the pay of top Japanese executives, including Nintendo have come to light, and the salaries of Mr Miyamoto and Nintendo President Satoru Iwata make interesting reading.

For 2009, Mr Iwata earnt a salary of $760,000, with bonuses on top boosting his pay to a sizeable $2.09 million, and his fellow directors also made over $1 million after bonuses. Shigeru Miyamoto, who until recently was thought to earn a wage similar to his design peers, is actually the second-highest paid staff member at Nintendo, raking in $1.4m in 2009.

It seems that ? Block is still full of coins for Mr Iwata and colleagues.