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Miyamoto awarded BAFTA Fellowship

Academy likens Nintendo legend's impact to that of Hitchcock and Kubrick

Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto will receive the Fellowship at this year's GAME British Academy Video Games Awards next month.

Miyamoto said "I am very 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. 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."

David Parfitt, Chairman of the Academy said "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.

"With previous honourees 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."

The Video Games BAFTAs take place on March 19th in London.

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