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With the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. still in our recent memory and The Legend of Zelda's 25th being this year, I thought it'd be appropriate to write a blog as a tribute to the genius behind these gems, Shigeru Miyamoto.
He is without a doubt the most successful video game designer of all time and regarded by some (including myself) the best. Characters such as Mario, Zelda, Fox, Yoshi and Donkey Kong are just a handful of his beloved characters that have spawned countless sequels and spin-offs that we still play today. All of his games have survived the test of time and are the foundation of the best games you can find on Nintendo's console.
Mario. Not long after the Donkey Kong sensation hit the arcades, the video game industry tanked for a variety of reasons. Consumers were given a reason to invest their money in video games once again with the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System and a little game called Super Mario Bros. The game turned the carpenter, Jumpman, into a plumber named Mario. Unheard of gameplay elements were introduced, and the little known concept of "easter eggs" was brought to an entirely new level, giving gamers replayability even after saving the princess. This simple yet addicting classic single-handedly revived the video game industry, and it hasn't slowed down since.
The Legend of Zelda. The Legend of Zelda series is timeless. The original laid the foundation for numerous sequels, all of which are great. They're so great they've spawned some of the most discussed "Which one is best?" debates in video game history, including a debate by GI editors. Some people have clamored for a series overhaul in recent years, but I don't want it to. I'm happy with the subtle changes from game to game, while sticking to the same formula we've all grown so familiar with.
Shigeru Miyamoto is a creative genius. One that deserves a book of praise, rather than this puny blog that only showcases a couple of his masterpieces. His games will go down in video game history as some of the best ever. But that is another debate altogether.
You'll have to excuse me, I'm off to get my nostalgia fix with some WindWaker.