Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto is to receive the Fellowship at this year’s GAME British Academy Video Games Awards.
The Fellowship Award is presented “in recognition of outstanding achievement in the art forms of the moving image”.
Will Wright recitative the prestigious award in 2007.
“I am very grateful to be able to receive such an honorable award from the British Academy,” said Miyamoto in a statement (via Develop).
“Our videogames 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 honorable award on behalf of all of these dependable colleagues.”
Academy chairman David Parfitt added: “The Fellowship is the highest accolade the Academy can bestow on an individual for their creative work and we are honored to have Miyamoto with us to accept his award.
“With previous honourees including Hitchcock, Kubrick and Pinter, it is only fitting that Miyamoto be recognized 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 GAME British Academy Video Games Awards take place on March 19.
Full nominees can be found through here, with Naughty Dog up for loads.