Happy 62nd Birthday to Shigeru Miyamoto

Today, November 16th, marks the 62nd Birthday of Nintendo’s most influential game creator, Shigeru Miyamoto. Still going strong with the company, he’s far from the retirement he’s alluded to over the last few years.

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The fascinating thing about Mr. Miyamoto’s touch in Nintendo games is how he draws from his own experiences. The Legend of Zelda was inspired by feeling lost in his childhood vacation home, Pikmin was inspired by his experiences gardening and observing ants working together, and Nintendogs was based on his family’s recent acquisition of a new puppy. In addition, he has guided younger talent to make great games of their own, including his mentorship of Satoshi Tajiri in the making of Pocket Monsters, aka Pokémon.

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Mr. Miyamoto continues to actively develop new game ideas at Nintendo. He showcased multiple Wii U concepts at E3 2014, including a brand-new Star Fox, due in 2015. He also recently produced the recent Pikmin animated shorts, which premiered at the Tokyo Film Festival in October. Meanwhile, he has oft referenced his concerns regarding what Nintendo will do in the future. Speaking to Wired‘s Chris Kohler in 2011:

Inside our office, I’ve been recently declaring, ‘I’m going to retire, I’m going to retire’. I’m not saying that I’m going to retire from game development altogether. What I mean by retiring is, retiring from my current position. What I really want to do is be in the forefront of game development once again myself. Probably working on a smaller project with even younger developers. Or I might be interested in making something that I can make myself, by myself. Something really small.

Wherever he goes from his Wii U trio, we wish Mr. Miyamoto the very best! What are your favorite games from Shigeru Miyamoto?

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