November 16th is a pretty special date in Nintendodom (Nintendom?), and this one in particular — not only is the Wii 15 years old to the day; but Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario, Zelda, DK, Star Fox, F-Zero, Pikmin, and more — is now the very illustrious age of 69, which. Nice.
You don’t need another laundry list of Miyamoto’s most famous accomplishments, but it is worth highlighting some games he’s less acknowledged for, like Duck Hunt, Excitebike, and Wii Fit, all of which he designed. He’s also been a producer on more games than you can count, ranging from Metroid Prime to Splatoon and beyond. Miyamoto hasn’t directed a game since 1996’s Super Mario 64, but his influence throughout Nintendo is still pervasive, especially with certain franchises.
That said, he’s definitely taken a step back in recent years, focusing on sparser projects and more Mario branding than new games. He most recently appeared to announce the casting of the upcoming Super Mario Bros. animated movie from Illumination, which he’s a producer on. It seems unlikely that Miyamoto has stopped working on games entirely, but it remains to be seen what he’ll do after his tenure as Hollywood producer ends.
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