Shigeru Miyamoto reveals that he is addicted to Pokémon GO

Shigeru Miyamoto Pokémon Go

Pokémon GO is a game that I’ve sunk a lot of time into, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since launch, the game has grown exponentially, adding content from all eight generations of Pokémon. There’s no denying how popular Pokémon GO is, and Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that he is addicted to the mobile game. Nintendo recently held its 81st annual shareholders meeting, which is a presentation focusing on the company’s performance for the previous year. This is usually followed by a Q&A session, with one of the questions asking about each of the directors’ favorite games. Here is the question that was asked and Miyamoto’s answer:

Q: People holding important positions at Nintendo should at least like games, even if they don’t have the skills to create games. In order to get to know each director candidate as a person, I’d like to know about their favorite games.

A: I basically tend to play the games I created myself, so I haven’t been influenced much by the games of other companies. That said, the first game that influenced me when I started the job of game development was Pac-Man, and from a design perspective, I think Tetris is wonderful. I’m currently hooked on Pokémon GO. This game, which I’m playing with my wife, is a dream come true of playing a game with my whole family. I’ve been enjoying Pokémon GO with my wife and neighborhood friends for some two years now. The average person playing Pokémon Go in Japan is probably around 60 years old (laughs).

Miyamoto clearly has a passion for Pokémon GO and will surely be participating in Pokémon Go Fest 2021, which kicks off on July 17, 2021. Pokémon GO is also celebrating its 5th anniversary, with various rewards being made available throughout the month. Do you play Pokémon GO, and if so, are you addicted to it like Shigeru Miyamoto?


Jaimie Ditchfield
Freelance Writer. Work seen on GGRecon, Zelda Universe, and BackToTheGaming. Studied Games Journalism and PR for three years, and is relentless at spreading his love for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.