One industry leader that’s never released a video game on a Nintendo platform is the American developer and publisher Valve.
Despite this, the company’s founder, Gabe Newell, is still a big fan of Mario’s creator. In a recent interview with outlet 1 News, Newell was asked if he still regularly played games himself and took a brief moment in between conversation about Apex Legends and Cyberpunk 2077 to praise Shigeru Miyamoto.
“Playing Miyamoto’s games, it’s like, one, they’re a lot of fun, but I can’t think of any of his games I’ve ever played that didn’t make me better as a game developer.”
A few years ago, it was revealed by Gabe’s son, how he and his father actually visited Nintendo’s headquarters in Japan and played Super Mario Galaxy alongside Miyamoto. The two video game legends apparently spoke about a “joint project” at the time, but “it was super casual” and nothing ever came of it in the end.
Newell is obviously not the first high-profile developer to pay tribute to Nintendo’s most famous employee – even Nintendo’s own employees are still excited and inspired by him.
Gabe is best-known for the Half-Life series and his digital distribution game service Steam, and is currently living in New Zealand due to the state of the pandemic in America.