Legendary creator of Donkey Kong, Zelda and the Super Mario Bros. games Shigeru Miyamoto is to be honoured by BAFTA at their awards ceremony on 19 March, when he will be given a Fellowship to the academy. The award puts him up there with the likes of film giants Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock and is a recognition of the importance of video games in the last three decades.
‘I am very grateful to be able to receive such an honourable award from the British Academy,’ Miyamoto said. ‘Our video games cannot be created by one person. Since Donkey Kong until the most recent New Super Mario Bros Wii, I have been working closely with a number of friends for three decades in order to develop fun and enjoyable games. I would like to receive this honourable award on behalf of all of these dependable colleagues.’
‘The Fellowship is the highest accolade the Academy can bestow on an individual for their creative work and we are honoured to have Miyamoto with us to accept his award,’ said BAFTA chairman David Parfitt. ‘With previous honorees including Hitchcock, Kubrick and Pinter, it is only fitting that Miyamoto be recognised alongside these other pioneers for his groundbreaking work. He helped to develop an entire creative industry and is still a major force in its continuing success.’