Shigeru Miyamoto’s Favorite Games Include Tetris and Pokémon Go


Shigeru Miyamto and Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa

Shigeru Miyamto (left) and Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa (right)
Photo: KAZUHIRO NOGI (Getty Images)

At Nintendo’s 81st Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, a question-and-answer section allowed those in attendance to ask all kinds of business-related questions. One, however, was so obvious that I can’t believe it hasn’t been asked before: someone just wanted to know what everyone’s favorite video games were.

Among those interviewed were President Shuntaro Furukawa, Senior Executive Ko Shiota, Executive Senior Executive Shinya Takahashi, Senior Executive Satoru Shibata and legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto.

You will find their answers below. Don’t expect much shock you — there’s a lot of, “WWell I made some old Nintendo games so these,Says a little, but Miyamoto’s in particular is pretty cool.

Furukawa: Super Mario Bros. came out when I was in college, so I was right in the middle of the Famicom Generation (NES). Even today, in my private time, I play various games, both from Nintendo and other companies. I play most of our own proprietary titles, but recently I have played the Hanafuda card game a lot in Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics.

Shiota: Like Mr. Furukawa, I was part of the Famicom generation and I grew up with the NES and SNES. I’m in charge of the hardware now, but I’ve tinkered with the hardware and since then I’ve been interested in how things work. This probably explains why I’m drawn to games like our recent product Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, which I play with my kids.

Takahashi: I’m in charge of all of our proprietary software, so it’s hard to choose one game over another. But the first game I played when I joined Nintendo was Yuyuki for the Family Computer Disk System. It’s a lesser-known adventure game, but it left an impression on me as the first title I participated in.

Shibata: I love adventure games, and I recently completed Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind for Nintendo Switch. At the time, I really liked playing Shin Onigashima for the Family Computer Disk System. I’m in charge of the Licensing Division, which serves as a point of contact for software companies, and they also have a lot of adventure games that I enjoy.

Miyamoto: I mostly tend to play games that I made myself, so I haven’t been influenced much by games from other companies. Having said that, the first game that influenced me when I started working in game development was Pac-Man, and from a design perspective I think TETRIS is wonderful. I am currently addicted to Pokémon GO. This game, which I play with my wife, is a dream come true to play a game with my whole family. It’s been two years now that I’ve been enjoying Pokémon GO with my wife and friends from the neighborhood. The average person who plays Pokémon GO in Japan is probably around 60 years old (laughs).

I would pay a parcel money to see a series where Miyamoto (the host) walks around his neighborhood playing Pokémon Go, chatting with friends about love, life and game design. Like Nintendo’s own version of Comedians in cars having coffee, just with leisurely rides instead of cars, and Pokémon Go instead of coffee.

Just so you can see what some of the less familiar games mentioned above look like, here’s Shin onigashima:

And this is Yuyuki: