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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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Meet Mr. Miyamoto

Nintendo visionary Shigeru Miyamoto, known as the "Godfather of Video Games," is one of the most influential entertainment figures of all time. He's the creator of Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, the Legend of Zelda series, Pikmin and more Nintendo classics. At 60, he still works daily at Nintendo's headquarters in Japan, leading a team of designers on new ideas. His latest project: To mark the 30th anniversary of one of his most beloved characters, Nintendo has declared 2013 the "Year of Luigi," releasing a slew of games including the recently-released Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and future releases Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and New Super Luigi U. "Thirty years ago, we were able to create a single game with just five to six people," says Miyamoto, sitting in a boardroom on a visit to Nintendo's New York headquarters. "Nowadays, we're looking at 50 to 60 – but what's always important is the starting idea."

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