Shigeru Miyamoto has won a few major awards over the years as recognition for his exemplary contribution to the gaming industry. He's been awarded a BAFTA fellowship and was the first inductee into the Spike VGA Video Game Hall of Fame, to name just two honours. He's now been confirmed as the recipient of this year's Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities, a major Spanish cultural award.

In the formal announcement, the prize committee said the following about Miyamoto's work to date.

With these creations, he has converted the video game into a social revolution and has managed to popularize it among a sector of the population that had not previously accessed this kind of entertainment, while also making it a medium capable of bringing people together regardless of sex, age or social or cultural status. Shigeru Miyamoto conceives games as an element for family and social integration, an experience that can be shared by all which manages to move players and help them express their emotions.

Modest to a fault, Miyamoto has made a point of emphasizing the work of his team at Nintendo in his acceptance statement.

I am very honoured to have received the message that I was chosen to receive the Prince of Asturias Prize for Communication and Humanities.

Creating video games is very much a team effort, which is why I feel so humbled to be chosen for this honourable award. I would therefore like to receive the award on behalf of all of my friends and colleagues with whom I have been creating video games over the years.

I will continue my efforts so that video games will continuously be able to offer fun and joy to people of all generations all around the world.

We'd like to offer our congratulations to Shigeru Miyamoto for this award.