Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto awarded BAFTA fellowship -

Shigeru Miyamoto, the Nintendo legend and creative force behind the Mario and Zelda games, is set to receive a fellowship at the GAME British Academy Video Games Awards, it was announced today.

Speaking on the award, Miyamoto said he’s grateful to be able to receive “such an honourable award” from the British Academy. “Our video games cannot be created by one person; since Donkey Kong until the most recent New Super Mario Bros, I have been working closely with a number of friends for three decades. I would like to receive this honourable award on behalf of all of these dependable colleagues,” he said in a typically charming Japanese fashion.

Having created well known, much loved and instantly recognisable gaming icons and brilliant titles with critically acclaimed legacies, we can’t think of anyone more deserving in his field.

The Fellowship accolade has been previously awarded to high-profile outstanding creative types such as Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and Harold Pinter. You can check out the ceremony streaming live on Friday 19th March at www.bafta.org.