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mario_romario-a_virusSadly, not by standing under a question-mark block and jumping to hit it with his head and make the award pop out. Just the regular “given-in-a-ceremony” method.

Shigeru Miyamoto, the man who thought up Donkey Kong, Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda among others, will be presented with the vaguely creepy gold mask at the BAFTA video game awards on March 19.

The man himself maintains his customary modesty, saying in a statement that he’ll accept the award on behalf of his co-workers.

“I am very grateful to be able to receive such an honorable award from the British Academy,” he commented. “Our video games 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.”

BAFTA chair David Parfitt said, “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 honorees including Hitchcock, Kubrick and Pinter, it is only fitting that Miyamoto be recognized alongside these other pioneers for his groundbreaking work,” Parfitt added. “He helped to develop an entire creative industry and is still a major force in its continuing success.”