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Shigeru Miyamoto

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Considered by his peers to be the greatest videogame designer in the world, Miyamoto joined Nintendo in 1977 designing coin-operated arcade titles, revolutionizing the industry with “Donkey Kong” in 1981.

Today, he still heads up development of new titles, working on more than 100 different Nintendo games over the years, including the hit Super Mario and Zelda franchises. He’s also supported younger vidgame creators, producing Kirby and Pokemon games. Recent projects include “Wii Sports,” “Nintendogs” and “Super Mario Galaxy.”

In his three decades with the company, Miyamoto has helped push the technology from the crude buttons-and-joysticks model of the early days to the sophisticated motion-sensitive system that drives the Wii, introducing full-body gameplay on such titles as “Mario Kart Wii” and “Wii Fit.”

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