Shigeru Miyamoto is “just as cutting” as Apple co-founder, Steve jobs, according to one Star Fox developer.
“His style of chasing ideas and cutting through bullshit is brilliant,” said Q-Games founder, Dylan Cuthbert, when asked asked to describe his experiences working alongside industry legend, Shigeru Miyamoto. “Internally he’s kind of like a slightly more friendly Steve Jobs, but just as cutting.”
While his public image is that of an affable, off-beat genius, effortlessly outstripping rival developers with his quirky charm and eye for compelling simplicity, those who’ve worked with Miyamoto often paint him as a driven and demanding perfectionist.
“For example, staff members who have worked with me for a long time will often come up to me and say, ‘I thought of something’ but about 70% of the time, I say, ‘That won’t work,'” he said during an interview in 2011.
Likewise, while known mostly as the fashionably-scruffy “digital auteur” who made computing cool again, Steve Jobs has been described as “a tough guy to work for” and “hard to like” by former employees.
It does seem somehow fitting that two men who radically changed the faces of their respective industries might share some of the same character traits. That being said, much like how the average Apple enthusiast was willing to forgive Jobs his personal excesses given his marketing genius, I imagine the average gamer wouldn’t bat an eyelid if they found out Miyamoto spends his evenings shoveling interns into a furnace, providing he starts work on Pikmin 3 once he’s done.