Shigeru Miyamoto, the man credited for creating Zelda, Mario, Donkey Kong, and keeping the video game industry alive, is compared to Disney.
The New York Times wrote on Miyamoto’s life, accomplishments, and how he resembles Disney:
“When Disney died in 1966, Mr. Miyamoto was a 14-year-old schoolteacher’s son living near Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital. An aspiring cartoonist, he adored the classic Disney characters. When he wasn’t drawing, he made his own toys, carving wooden puppets with his grandfathers’ tools or devising a car race from a spare motor, string and tin cans.
Even as he has become the world’s most famous and influential video-game designer—the father of Donkey Kong, Mario, Zelda and, most recently, the Wii—Mr. Miyamoto still approaches his work like a humble craftsman, not as the celebrity he is to gamers around the world.
Perched on the end of a chair in a hotel suite a few dozen stories above Midtown Manhattan, the preternaturally cherubic 55-year-old Mr. Miyamoto radiated the contentment of someone who has always wanted to make fun. And he has. As the creative mastermind at Nintendo for almost three decades, Mr. Miyamoto has unleashed mass entertainment with a global breadth, cultural endurance and financial success unsurpassed since Disney’s fabled career.”
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