Grant Kirkhope has the Worst Story of Meeting Miyamoto

Banjo-Kazooie composer’s story involves too much booze and another man’s pants.

By Andy Hoover. Posted 07/18/2017 19:15 Comment on this     ShareThis

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To some gamers, meeting Grant Kirkhope could be quite the exciting honor; after all, he is the man behind many of the great soundtracks during Rare’s golden era developing for Nintendo platforms. However, when he was a younger man, he also had industry heroes he was excited to meet, including Shigeru Miyamoto. About 20 years ago, Kirkhope got the opportunity to meet the celebrated creator, but it didn’t exactly go quite as he had hoped.

In 1997, during E3’s brief stint in Atlanta, Nintendo threw a big party to celebrate the industry event that happened to include an open bar. Given his position with Rare, Kirkhope was invited and, like many of his compatriots, took advantage of the free beverages. In an interview with, Kirkhope then revealed things didn’t go according to plan when he went to talk with Miyamoto:

“I introduced myself as the composer of Banjo-Kazooie, totally drunk,” Kirkhope explained in the interview. “He just looked at me with the blankest expression, he couldn’t tell what I was saying. A while later, I was in the bathroom—and this is embarrassing—I was trying to pull down [Donkey Kong 64 designer] George Andreas’ trousers for a joke. I was on my knees and I looked up to see Miyamoto staring down at me. That was the last time I spoke to him.”

Ultimately, the lesson to be learned from this story is that sometimes it’s best to keep your hands off of other people’s pants, because you never know who might be watching.



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