Shigeru Miyamoto Shares Nintendo Secrets

The revered video game designer on Nintendo's history, the next wave of gaming and the 'Year of Luigi'
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Birth of a Legend

With Nintendo designer Takashi Tezuka, Miyamoto created the 1986 classic The Legend of Zelda, about a boy hero named Link on a quest to rescue Princess Zelda from the evil monster Ganon. The story may sound complicated, but the gameplay wasn't. "When we were first creating the original Legend of Zelda or the original Super Mario Bros., we were [creating] relatively simple games that depicted simple worlds that the user then sort of fleshed out with their own imagination," says Miyamoto. "I feel it is an important part of my job to continue to develop our games in a way that, even as we're spending more time and more energy creating these bigger more detailed worlds, we're still continuing to focus on how we can allow the user to creatively play within that space."

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