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Happy 60th Birthday, Shigeru Miyamoto

Posted by Damien McFerran

Father of Mario and Zelda reaches another milestone

Exactly 60 years to the day in the Japanese town of Sonobe, one of video gaming's greatest visionaries was born: Shigeru Miyamoto.

Since joining Nintendo at the late '70s, Miyamoto has arguably revolutionised the medium of interactive entertainment more than any other individual, producing a string of hits which stretches over an incredible four decades. In all that time, Miyamoto has never lost his sense of playfulness, as his recent visit to Spain proves.

Happy Birthday, Shigeru Miyamoto.

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GarchompPit

#11

GarchompPit said:

Happy Birthday Miyamoto and thank you for creating the best franchises that the world met!!!(Mario,Zelda,Donkey Kong,F-Zero,Pikmin)

mudjo

#13

mudjo said:

Today is a day for celebration! And cake! And gaming! And more cake!

GoldenBanana

#16

GoldenBanana said:

Happy birthday Miyamoto !!! thanks for all the fun and smiles you´ve brought to our lives !!! :) long live Nintendo !!!

triforcepower73

#25

triforcepower73 said:

I'm going to be really sad when this guy dies. He's done so much for me and millions of other kids, teens, and adults. Happy Birthday Miyamoto!

-Crystalline-

#26

-Crystalline- said:

Happy birthday, Mr. Miyamoto! Thank you for all the ideas you helped shape, which subsequently became the greatest childhood experiences of our lives! With all our hearts, we thank you!

ajcismo

#27

ajcismo said:

Happy Birthday to Mr. Miyamoto! Never grow old, and thanks for the tattoo idea.

XCWarrior

#30

XCWarrior said:

He is the Steve Jobs of Nintendo. Let's just hope when he dies/retires, Nintendo still has creative minds to work with and doesn't stop innovating like Apple has. Watching Apple's stock being to fall the last few months is s sign of things to come, for them anyway.

DestinyMan

#33

DestinyMan said:

Happy birthday, Mr. Miyamoto!

He doesn't look 60 at all. You wouldn't know it if you saw him bouncing around in Spain or actively advising and influencing games today. He made a big impact with me and all other gamers through his big hits like Donkey Kong and Mario. He saved Nintendo from a slump by creating Donkey Kong, and since then he's made classic after classic.

He might have gotten a little disagreeable recently with all the talk about the Koopalings not being Bowser's children, not understanding why there should be a new F-Zero, or discouraging the developers of Paper Mario: Sticker Star from creating original characters, but it can't be denied that he has made a lasting difference in video gaming and will be looked up to for years to come.

seronja

#37

seronja said:

Happy birthday Miyamoto-San! i wish you lots of luck and success in the following years ;)

Splat

#38

Splat said:

I'm sorry Miyamoto but your Birthday present is in another castle. :)

True_Hero

#49

True_Hero said:

Happy birthday, Mr. Miyamoto. I hope that you can continue to inspire us with your games for many years to come. :)

SheldonRandoms

#50

SheldonRandoms said:

60 years ago, the legend of Shigeru Miyamoto had began, and he would create some of the greatest legends in gaming, such as Mr. Nintendo himself.

Happy Birthday Miyamoto!!!!!!

Wonder_Ideal

#55

Wonder_Ideal said:

Happy birthday Mr. Miyamoto. May the way of the hero lead to the triforce...er, birthday cake.

Mulder1617

#56

Mulder1617 said:

Happy Birthday Mr. Miyamoto! You are truly the grandfather of gaming. :) Cheers to you and continued excellence and wonderment at the masterpieces you help bring to life. :)

aaronsullivan

#60

aaronsullivan said:

No single person has affected my leisure time as much. On top of that, I've been trying to shift my career over to game developing and Miyamoto has been an incredible inspiration and even teacher just from the few nuggets of design approach he's shared over the years.

I guess that birthdays aren't really celebrated that often in Japan. It's kind of a Western import to have a cake and a card or present and is often considered for children if it is considered at all.

We can celebrate even if he doesn't though!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Miyamoto-san! Here's to another 60 years. The way you seem to find fun in every moment, 120 doesn't look to be out of reach. :D

RR529

#65

RR529 said:

Happy Birthday Miyamoto-Sama!

You & the games you've made, were a major part of my childhood, & I thank you for that!

Jgam

#70

Jgam said:

Happy Birthday!!! Miyamoto-san!!!! and many more!!!! the whole CR Gaming comunnity salutes you!!

KAHN

#71

KAHN said:

shiggy, you're older than you were a year ago (also older than yesterday). if you die, don't destroy your legacy.

GuardianKing

#80

GuardianKing said:

Happy Birthday Miyamoto!!!

Thank you for almost single-handedly saving the gaming industry, turning Nintendo into the awesomeness it is today! :)

Seriously though, there are no thanks sufficient enough to express my gratitude towards your genius, and how awesome it made my childhood.

Happy birthday, Miyamoto! :D

Urbanhispanic

#82

Urbanhispanic said:

I got a lot of respect for this man. He has done so much in the world of video games so I hope he got to enjoy his day. Happy Birthday. Mr. Miyamoto-san!

FonistofCruxis

#84

FonistofCruxis said:

Happy Bithday Miyamoto! Thank you for saving the gaming industry all those years ago and for all your wonderful creations that you've bought to the industry.

Henmii

#87

Henmii said:

He's Japanese! He will go on, and on, and on! Like Hayao Miyazaki!
I hope Miyamoto still surprises me with some awesome stuff in the future!

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