Nintendo's legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto has been recognized by the Prince of Asturias Awards, one of Spain's most prestigious annual awards honoring scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanistic work.
Famous for creating seminal video game series like Super Mario Bros.
and The Legend of Zelda
, Miyamoto received a Prince of Asturias award for the "Communication and Humanities" category. Previous recipients of the award in that category include Google, CNN, and author Umberto Eco.
Organizers for the awards praised 59-year-old Miyamoto for designing world-famous games, and serving as "the main architect of the revolution in teaching, educational and constructive video games." He was also commended for creating games that exclude violence and can be played by families.
Miyamoto will receive a diploma, an insignia bearing the Prince of Asturias Foundation's coat of arms, a sculpture designed by celebrated Spanish artist Joan Miró, and a cash prize of €50,000 ($63,215).