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Super Mario designer Miyamoto wins Prince of Asturias Communications award

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11:02, May 24, 2012

MADRID, May 23 (Xinhua) -- Shegeru Miyamoto, the creator of the World famous video game Mario Bros was on Wednesday awarded the prestigious Prince of Asturias Prize for Communications and Humanities.

Miyamoto, who was born in Japan in 1952, is considered to be the father of modern video games and the jury for the 2012 Prince of Asturias Awards took into consideration his ability to promote distinct modes of playing, which have shown the power of video games as a mental and social stimulus.

Super Mario Bros has been on the market in a myriad of distinct forms for the past 25 years, while Miyamoto has also developed other video games such as Donkey Kong, the Legend of Zelda and more recently, Wi Fit.

Miyamoto was selected from among 21 candidates from 11 countries. He is the second person to receive a 2012 Prince of Asturias Award, after Spanish architect Rafael Moneo was handed the Arts award.

The Prince of Asturias Awards are given every year in eight different categories from sport, to social sciences, letters and international co-operation. Each award winner is given a statue created by the artist Joan Miro and a prize of 50,000 euros.

The Awards will be officially presented by Prince Felipe of Asturias in Oviedo in October.

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