Shigeru Miyamoto named “Person of Cultural Merit” by Japanese government which is a prestigious-as-fuck accomplishment

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Man. Just think about Shigeru Miyamoto. The dude has given so many of us so much throughout the decades. And now? The Japanese government is recognizing Miyamoto for his contributions.


Legendary game designer and Nintendo stalwart Shigeru Miyamoto has been named a Person of Cultural Merit by the Japanese government.

As reported by Kotaku (via Nikkei), the merit is awarded annually to those who have made outstanding cultural contributions across a variety of fields.

During his time at Nintendo, which began back in 1977 when he joined the company as a designer, Miyamoto has helped birth and shape some of the studio’s most iconic franchises including The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., and Pikmin.

Previous honorees include acclaimed film director, animator, screen writer, and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, and award-winning novelist Tsumura Setsuko.