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Shigeru Miyamoto

Also Known As

  • 宮本 茂

Game Credits


Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000)   (Supervisors)
Yoshi's Story (1997)   (Supervisor)
Mario's Super Picross (1995)   (Supervisors)
EarthBound (1994)   (Supervisor)


Arms (2017)   (General Producers)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)   (General Producers)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)   (General Producers)
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's... (2017)   (Supervisors)
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (2017)   (Supervisor)
Super Mario Odyssey (2017)   (Executive Producers)
Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Cla... (2017)   (Producer)
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (2016)   (Senior Producer)
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (2016)   (Senior Producer)
Paper Mario: Color Splash (2016)   (Supervisors)
Star Fox Guard (2016)   (General Producer)
Star Fox Zero (2016)   (Supervising Director)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (2015)   (Producer / Supervisor)
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (2015)   (General Producer)
Mario Party 10 (2015)   (Supervisors)
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (2015)   (Supervisor)
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (2015)   (Supervisors)
Splatoon (2015)   (General Producers)
Super Mario Maker (2015)   (General Producer)
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2014)   (Supervisor)
Mario Golf: World Tour (2014)   (Supervisor)
Mario Kart 8 (2014)   (General Producer)
Mario Party: Island Tour (2014)   (Supervisors)
Steel Diver: Sub Wars (2014)   (General Producer)
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)   (Supervisor)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (2013)   (General Producer)
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (2013)   (Producer)
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (2013)   (Supervisor)
New Super Luigi U (2013)   (General Producer)
Pikmin 3 (2013)   (General Producer)
Wii Fit U (2013)   (General Producer)
Mario Party 9 (2012)   (Supervisors)
New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012)   (General Producer)
New Super Mario Bros. U (2012)   (General Producer)
Nintendo Land (2012)   (General Producer)
Fortune Street (2011)   (Supervisor)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (2011)   (Producer / Supervisor)
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (2011)   (General Producer)
Mario Kart 7 (2011)   (General Producer)
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (2011)   (Senior Producer)
Nintendogs + Cats: French Bulldog & New Friends (2011)   (General Producer)
Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever & New Fri... (2011)   (General Producer)
Nintendogs + Cats: Toy Poodle & New Friends (2011)   (General Producer)
Star Fox 64 3D (2011)   (Producer)
Steel Diver (2011)   (General Producer)
Super Mario 3D Land (2011)   (General Producer)
Wii Play: Motion (2011)   (Supervisor)
Mario Sports Mix (2010)   (Supervisors)
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! (2010)   (Supervisor)
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)   (General Producer)
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (2009)   (General Producer)
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (2009)   (Senior Producers)
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (2009)   (Senior Producer)
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! (2009)   (Supervisor)
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)   (General Producer)
Samurai Warriors 3 (2009)   (Supervisors)
Wii Fit Plus (2009)   (General Producer)
Wii Sports Resort (2009)   (General Producer)
Mario Kart Wii (2008)   (General Producer)
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (2008)   (Senior Producer)
Wii Music (2008)   (General Producer)
DK: Jungle Climber (2007)   (Supervisor)
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast (2007)   (Supervisors)
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (2007)   (General Producer)
Mario Party 8 (2007)   (Supervisors)
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (2007)   (Senior Producer)
Super Mario Galaxy (2007)   (Producers)
Super Paper Mario (2007)   (Supervisor)
Wii Fit (2007)   (General Producer)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006)   (Producer)
Mario Hoops 3 on 3 (2006)   (Supervisors)
New Super Mario Bros. (2006)   (Supervisor)
Star Fox Command (2006)   (General Producer)
Wii Play (2006)   (General Producer)
Wii Sports (2006)   (General Producer)
Chibi-Robo!: Plug into Adventure! (2005)   (Senior Producer)
Electroplankton (2005)   (PRODUCERS)
Geist (2005)   (Senior Producer)
Mario Kart DS (2005)   (General Producer)
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (2005)   (Producers)
Mario Party 7 (2005)   (Supervisors)
Mario Tennis: Power Tour (2005)   (Supervisors)
Nintendogs (2005)   (General Producer)
Star Fox Assault (2005)   (Producer )
Super Mario Strikers (2005)   (Supervisor)
Custom Robo (2004)   (Producers )
Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat (2004)   (Producers)
Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games (2004)   (Producers)
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (2004)   (Producers)
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (2004)   (Producers)
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (2004)   (General Producer )
Mario Golf: Advance Tour (2004)   (Supervisor)
Mario Party 6 (2004)   (Supervisors )
Mario Pinball Land (2004)   (Producer)
Mario Power Tennis (2004)   (Supervisors)
Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2004)   (Producer )
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004)   (Producers)
Pikmin 2 (2004)   (Supervisors)
Super Mario 64 DS (2004)   (Producer)
1080° Avalanche (2003)   (Producer )
Donkey Konga (2003)   (Supervisor)
F-Zero GX (2003)   (Producer)
Giftpia (2003)   (Producer)
Hamtaro: Rainbow Rescue (2003)   (Producers)
Kirby Air Ride (2003)   (Producer)
The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition (2003)   (Producers)
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (2003)   (Supervisor )
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (2003)   (Producers)
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)   (Producers)
Mario Party 5 (2003)   (Supervisors )
Mother 1+2 (2003)   (Producer)
Pokémon Box: Ruby & Sapphire (2003)   (Producers)
Pokémon Channel (2003)   (General Producers)
Pokémon Colosseum (2003)   (Producers)
Disney's Magical Mirror Starring Mickey Mouse (2002)   (Producer)
Disney's Magical Quest Starring Mickey &... (2002)   (Producer)
Doshin the Giant (2002)   (Producers)
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (2002)   (Producers)
Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak (2002)   (Producers)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords (2002)   (General Producers)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time / Master Quest (2002)   (Producer)
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002)   (Producers)
Metroid Prime (2002)   (Producers)
Star Fox Adventures (2002)   (Producers)
Super Mario Sunshine (2002)   (Producers)
Dōbutsu no Mori (2001)   (Supervisors)
Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite! (2001)   (Producers)
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (2001)   (General Producers)
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (2001)   (General Producers)
Luigi's Mansion (2001)   (Producers)
Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001)   (Producers)
Mobile Golf (2001)   (Supervisor)
Pikmin (2001)   (Producer)
Super Mario Advance (2001)   (Producer (プロヂューサー))
Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 (2001)   (Producer)
Super Smash Bros.: Melee (2001)   (Producer )
Wave Race: Blue Storm (2001)   (Producer)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (2000)   (Producer)
Mario Party 3 (2000)   (Supervisors )
Paper Mario (2000)   (Producer)
Pokémon Crystal Version (2000)   (Producers)
Pokémon Stadium 2 (2000)   (Producers )
Mario Golf (1999)   (Supervisors )
Mario Golf (1999)   (Supervisors)
Mario Party 2 (1999)   (Supervisors )
Pokémon Snap (1999)   (Producer)
Pokémon Snap Station (1999)   (Producer)
Pokémon Stadium (1999)   (Producers )
Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (1999)   (Supervisors)
Super Smash Bros. (1999)   (Producer)
1080° Snowboarding (1998)   (Producer)
F-Zero X (1998)   (Producer)
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (1998)   (Producer )
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)   (Producer)
Mario Party (1998)   (Supervisors )
Pocket Monsters Stadium (1998)   (Producer (プロデューサー))
Pokémon Blue Version (1998)   (Producers)
Pokémon Red Version (1998)   (Producers)
Star Fox 64 (1997)   (Producer)
Kirby Super Star (1996)   (Producer)
Mario Kart 64 (1996)   (Producer)
Mole Mania (1996)   (Producer )
Pilotwings 64 (1996)   (Producers)
Pocket Monsters Akai (1996)   (Producer (プロデューサー))
Pocket Monsters Ao (1996)   (Producer (プロデューサー))
Pocket Monsters Midori (1996)   (Producer (プロデューサー))
Super Mario 64 (1996)   (Producer)
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)   (Producer)
Wave Race 64: Kawasaki Jet Ski (1996)   (Producer)
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)   (Producer )
Kirby's Block Ball (1995)   (Producers )
Kirby's Dream Land 2 (1995)   (Producers)
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)   (Producer)
Donkey Kong (1994)   (Producer)
Donkey Kong Country (1994)   (Producer )
EarthBound (1994)   (Supervisor)
Kirby's Dream Course (1994)   (Producers)
Stunt Race FX (1994)   (Producer)
Kirby's Adventure (1993)   (Producers)
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993)   (Producer)
Star Fox (1993)   (Producer)
Super Mario All-Stars (1993)   (Producer)
Super Mario Kart (1992)   (Producer)
Wave Race (1992)   (Producer)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991)   (Producer)
F-Zero (1990)   (Producer)
Pilotwings (1990)   (Producer)
Super Mario World (1990)   (Producer)
Earthbound Beginnings (1989)   (Producer)
Famicom Grand Prix II: 3D Hot Rally (1988)   (Producer)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)   (Producer)
Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)   (Producer)
Famicom Mukashibanashi: Shin Onigashima (1987)   (Supervision (監修))
Yume Kōjō: Dokidoki Panic (1987)   (Producer)
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1987)   (Producer )
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (1986)   (Produced by)
The Legend of Zelda (1986)   (Producer)
Ice Climber (1985)   (Supervisor (uncredited))
Kung-Fu Master (1985)   (Produced and Directed by (uncredited))
Super Mario Bros. (1985)   (Directed by)
Excitebike (1984)   (Produced and Directed by (uncredited))
Donkey Kong 3 (1983)   (Director and Designer (uncredited))


Excitebike: World Rally (2009)   (Design of NES "Excitebike")
Super Mario Galaxy (2007)   (Game Design Concept)
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (2006)   (Original Game Design)
Super Mario 64 DS (2004)   (Supervising Director)
Mario Party 4 (2002)   (Origial Characters )
Mario Party 3 (2000)   (Original Character )
Mario Tennis (2000)   (Original Characters)
Mario Golf (1999)   (Original Characters by )
Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (1999)   (Original Game Design)
BS Super Mario USA (1996)   (Original Game Design)
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Tr... (1996)   (Original Donkey Kong Creator)
Super Mario 64 (1996)   (Game Director)
BS Zelda no Densetsu (1995)   (Original Game Design)
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)   (Original Donkey Kong Creator)
Donkey Kong Land (1995)   (Original Donkey Kong Character)
Donkey Kong Country (1994)   (Original Donkey Kong Creator)
Super Mario All-Stars (1993)   (Director and Game Designer)
Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)   (Directors and Game Designers)
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (1986)   (Directors and Game Designers)
The Legend of Zelda (1986)   (Director )
Kung-Fu Master (1985)   (Game Designer (uncredited))
Super Mario Bros. (1985)   (Directed by)
Donkey Kong Junior (1982)   (Concept Design (uncredited))
Popeye (1982)   (Designers)
Donkey Kong (1981)   (Director and Game Designer)


Mario Bros. (1983)   (Designed by)


Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (2003)   (Character Design )


Mario Party 8 (2007)   (Original Graphic Design)
Mario Party DS (2007)   (Original Character Design)
Mario Party 7 (2005)   (Original Character Design)
Mario Party Advance (2005)   (Character Design)
Mario Tennis: Power Tour (2005)   (Character Design)
Mario Golf: Advance Tour (2004)   (Character Design)
Mario Party 6 (2004)   (Character Design )
Mario Power Tennis (2004)   (Character Design )
Mario Party 5 (2003)   (Character Design )
Mario Party-e (2003)   (Original Characters)
Mobile Golf (2001)   (Original Characters)
Mario Tennis (2000)   (Character Design)
Mario Golf (1999)   (Original Characters)
Mario Party 2 (1999)   (Original Characters )
Mario Party (1998)   (Original Character Design )
Super Mario All-Stars (1993)   (Graphic Designers)
Super Mario Bros. (1985)   (Graphics designed by)
Donkey Kong (1981)   (Graphic Designer)
Space Firebird (1980)   (Graphic Designer)
Sheriff (1979)   (Artist)
Space Fever (1979)   (Graphics)

Quality Assurance

Mario Tennis Open (2012)   (Supervisor)
Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)   (Supervisor)

Creative Services

Sky Skipper (1981)   (Cabinet Artwork)
Space Fever (1979)   (Cabinet design)


Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (2015)   (Supervisors)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (2014)   (Senior Supervisors)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014)   (Nintendo)
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (2013)   (Supervisor)
Paper Mario: Sticker Star (2012)   (Supervisors)
Punch-Out!! (2009)   (Supervisors)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)   (Senior Supervisors)
Mario Party DS (2007)   (Supervisors)
Mario Strikers Charged (2007)   (Supervisor)
Mario Party 4 (2002)   (Supervisors )
Excitebike 64 (2000)   (Advisors (Nintendo))
Mario Tennis (2000)   (Supervisors)


Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (2018)   (Special Thanks)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition (2017)   (Special Thanks)
Grimoire: Heralds of the Winged Exemplar (2017)   (Dedications)
Perception (2017)   (Special Thanks)
Gryphon Knight: Epic (2015)   (Team Inspirations)
Skylanders: SuperChargers - Portal Owner's Pack (2015)   (Special Thanks to Nintendo Company Limited)
Fat Chicken (2014)   (Thanks)
Hyrule Warriors (2014)   (Special Thanks)
Tiny Brains (2013)   (Very Special Thanks to)
Bit of War (2012)   (Adam would like to thank)
Be Good (2011)   (Special Thanks)
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (2011)   (Inspiration)
Being (2008)   (Special Thanks)
Major League Baseball 2K8: Fantasy All-Stars (2008)   (Special Thanks)
This Is a Cry for Help (2008)   (Inspiration / Special Thanks)
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 (2007)   (Special Thanks)
Red Steel (2006)  
Mario Kart Arcade GP (2005)   (Special Thanks)
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (2004)   (Very Special Thanks)
NBA Courtside 2002 (2002)   (Special Thanks)
Once Twice Thrice! (2002)   (-- Special Thanks To --)
Pro Rally (2002)   (Special Thanks to)
Luigi's Mansion (2001)   (Special Thanks)
Seaman (2001)   (Special Thanks to)
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble (2000)   (Special Thanks)
Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland (2000)   (Special Thanks To)
Donkey Kong 64 (1999)   (Special Thanks)
Monkey Hero (1999)   (Special Thanks to)
Esoteria: Techno-Assassin of the Future (1998)   (And to all our family and friends, thank you for your patience and support)
Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside (1998)   (Special Thanks)
Donkey Kong Land (1995)   (Special Thanks)
Donkey Kong Country (1994)   (Special Thanks to)
Tetris 2 + BomBliss (1991)   (Thanks to)


Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (2014)   (Staff)
Super Mario 3D World (2013)   (Staff)
Odama (2006)   (Sharara Company)
DK: King of Swing (2005)   (Supervisors)
Mario Party Advance (2005)   (Supervisors)
Mario Tennis (2000)   (Supervisors)
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (1996)   (Nintendo Co., Inc.)
Mario's Picross (1995)   (Staff)
Kirby's Pinball Land (1993)   (Staff)
Nintendo Campus Challenge 1991 (1991)   (Original Super Mario Bros. 3 staff (uncredited))
Nintendo World Championships 1990 (1990)   (Original Super Mario Bros. Staff (uncredited))
Radar Mission (1990)   (Staff)
Devil World (1984)   (Staff)
Donkey Kong Junior (1982)   (Staff)

Developer Biography

Shigeru Miyamoto (宮本 茂) was born in Sonebe, Japan on November 16, 1952. Miyamoto has a wife, Yasuko, who used to be General Manager of Nintendo Co., Ltd. back in 1977. They have two children together, although none of them seem interested in working at Nintendo. Although Miyamoto has developed a number of very popular videogame franchises and icons over the years, he usually doesn't play videogames in his free time, choosing instead to play the guitar and banjo and spend time with his family.

When Miyamoto was young, he used to explore the woods around his home. One day, he was shocked to find an entrance to a cave. He came back again and again until one day, when he mustered up enough courage to go inside. Another time, he was exploring on the mountains, and he came upon a lake, which to him, as he later explained, looked like a "vast ocean." These experiences inspired Miyamoto later to create The Legend of Zelda, and as a result, they appear many times in the series.

Miyamoto graduated from Kanazawa Munici College of Industrial Arts, and in 1977, he had his father contact an old friend of the family, Hiroshi Yamauchi. When Miyamoto initially met Yamauchi, he was told to return with toy ideas. He did just that, and Yamauchi was hired as a staff artist for Nintendo.

Within the next few years, Miyamoto would design the outer look of Nintendo's Racing 112, Blockbuster, Color TV Game 6, and Color TV Game 15. He also drew the characters for Nintendo's Space Fever, Sheriff, and Space Firebird. He also did the actual arcade cabinet art for Sheriff and Radarscope.

Around 1980, Minoru Arakawa, Yamauchi's son-in-law, created Nintendo of America (NoA) in New York in order to distribute Nintendo's arcade games. Sheriff and Space Fever didn't do amazingly, and when Nintendo of America spent oodles and oodles of cash on buying 3,000 units of Radarscope, which Arakawa believed would do amazingly in the U.S.

He was wrong.

NoA was able to sell 1,000 units, but they had 2,000 units with a game that wouldn't sell. With their cash running out, a game had to be put into these units that could generate some cash, and so Hiroshi Yamauchi asked Miyamoto to create the game, for he was the only one available.

With the assistance of Gunpei Yokoi, Miyamoto conceptualized and developed Donkey Kong after Yokoi's own ideas involving a seesaw didn't work out and a Popeye license that Nintendo tried to snag fell through. Miyamoto created and drew the characters of the game, who were Jumpman, Lady, and of course, Donkey Kong.

When NoA played the game, they were worried it wouldn't catch on with American audiences. However, it was the only game that they had, so they prepared it for its US release. "Lady" was renamed "Pauline" after Don James' (NoA's warehouse manager) wife, Polly James. Jumpman was renamed Mario, after NoA's landlord, Mario Segale, burst in demanding the rent.

In 1983, Nintendo released the Famicom in Japan, and brought it to the United States in the form of the NES in 1985. One of the flagship titles of the NES was a game designed by Miyamoto, called Super Mario Bros.. Miyamoto also designed another game for the NES that later spawned a long-living, successful series: The Legend of Zelda.

Both the Zelda and Mario franchises have been outstanding sellers, with Mario selling almost 275 million units and Zelda selling 47 million units as of 2005.

Miyamoto has not only been involved with Mario and Zelda over the years. He worked on many other well-known franchises as well, including Star Fox, Pikmin, Nintendogs, F-Zero, Earthbound, Metroid Prime, and Animal Forest.

Of particular notability is Nintendogs, whose concept was based on Miyamoto's experiences with his own dog. The game has been released on the Nintendo DS in six different versions worldwide, and as Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced on March 23, 2006, Nintendogs has sold 6 million units worldwide.

In 1998, Miyamoto was the first person to be accepted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame.

In March of 2005, Miyamoto was one of the first people to be honored with a star on the Walk of Game, San Francisco's equivalent of Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

On March 13, 2006, Shigeru Miyamoto was knighted into the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres with fellow game developers Michel Ancel and Frédérick Raynal.

Miyamoto was also Director and General Manager of Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development along with long-time Nintendo veteran Takashi Tezuka, the largest of Nintendo's divisions, until it was merged with the Software Planning & Development unit in September 2015 to form Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development. Nintendo EAD developed the majority of Nintendo's games, including Mario, Zelda, and Pikmin titles.

After the death of Satoru Iwata from a bile duct tumor on July 11, 2015, Miyamoto served as acting Representative Director with Genyo Takeda until Tatsumi Kimishima was appointed President September 16, 2015. Miyamoto is now Nintendo's "Creative Fellow", representing his continued commitment to making new innovations in video gaming.

Last updated: Oct 18, 2015