Shigeru Miyamoto tops TIME 100 list

225_miyamoto.jpgAfter a near-miss last year (what is a “near-miss” anyway?), Nintendo savant Shigeru Miyamoto has topped the TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World list.

TIME asked who you thought should be on the list of the 100 most influential people of the year. Over 200 candidates were given a rating of 1 to 100. And your #1 choice? Shigeru Miyamoto! The video game designer had almost 2 million votes, over 300,000 more than runner-up, Rain. After a tight race at the top, Stephen Colbert came in third place with close to 900,000 votes.

Here’s the winning profile, and here’s to Miyamoto! Omedetou gozaimasu!

[Thanks, Ken!]

11 Responses to Shigeru Miyamoto tops TIME 100 list

  1. ryan says:


  2. Joshdad says:

    I can almost hear XBox and Playstation fans (and quite a few video game writers) voices from all over whining, “But it’s just a fad, don’t people realize that”

  3. Drahken says:

    But Joshdad, it IS a fad. Miyamoto’s popularity won’t last. It’s not like he can keep making good, popular games for twenty years.

    Sigh. It’s stupid that I should even have to add this footnote, but this IS the internet after all. The above comment was a work of extreme sarcasm. Please don’t read to much into it.

  4. peshue says:

    Miyamoto, but he hasn’t been involved in anything worthwhile in years! 🙂

  5. Negrin says:

    This just in: Miyamoto has the most active fans on the Internet, followed by Rain, followed by Stephen Colbert. I suppose Nintendo nation can take some pride in that, sure thing. But just look at the list. It’s a list of INFLUENTIAL people where Hilary Clinton is 183rd, while David Beckham is 15th. Dalai Lama is 207th, while Heidi Klum is 4th. It’s a list where Ellen Page (ah, Ellen Page, how I adore thee) is apparently one notch more influential than George W. Bush (157th and 158th respectively). Do we honestly want to say that this Internet user-generated list is newsworthy? Do we really? 😉

  6. cbylife says:

    “Can he reverse gravity for all the obese, video game–playing kids out there?”

    this is completely retarded!! there was going to be obese kids long before nintendo came along. they really need to blame the fast food chains and parents before video game developers!

  7. actraiser says:

    @ Negrin

    I totally see your point and how you think of “influencial” (someone who actually is making a difference for man kind), however if David Beckham tells little kids to go out and buy Nikes and a certain brand of soccer balls they’ll do what he says. If President Bush tells you to buy the same no one would care. I think this is how they meant the influencial. Not that it’s right mind you 🙂

  8. fesworks says:

    Wouldn’t it be sweet if Colbert had Myamoto on his show and ask him how he “cheated” because Colbert didn’t get the #1 spot 😛 I could see him totally doing that 😛

  9. Negrin says:

    @actraiser: Ok then, if we adopt the Beckham model of influentiality, then I think Shigeru Miyamoto is even less influential than if we adopted the “normal” model. If Miyamoto tells me to go out and buy something, I might actually do that, granted 😉 However, this doesn’t hold true for that many people, now does it? Let’s just agree that Nintendo fans beat the Colbert Nation and Koreans in the ability to rig Internet polls. I mean, that still no small feat. After all the former managed to get a bridge in Budapest named after Colbert, and the latter… well, Zerg rush kekeke.

  10. HyperSonic says:

    Ouch, Rain, THEN Colbert? I saw that he challenged Rain to a dance-off. If Rain is more influential… How come I’ve heard of everyone but him?

  11. actraiser says:

    @ negrin

    sorry for a way delayed response, but i still feel they are voting on a popularity contest platform and not what one has achieved, but none the less Miyamoto would still be very influencial across to the board to most people. the only people who aren’t listening to him are those who remain loyal to their brand of video gaming (the same blind devotion that nintendo fanboys get accused of) and few remaining critics. the numbers suggest that everyone is buying everything he tells you them to. but you are right we can agree though that nintendo fans are among the most loyal and die hard.

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