Shigeru Miyamoto has said that if he were applying for a job at Nintendo these days with his original qualifications, he probably wouldn't get in.
"Nintendo has become one of those companies that graduates from colleges and good universities really want to work for," Miyamoto told Edge in its latest issue.
"Because of that, the competition's really become so fierce for positions. And that means that a lot of the recent recruits for Nintendo have tended to have the higher degree from the prestigious colleges and universities and whatnot.
"I often say to Mr Iwata: 'If I was applying for a job here today, I, with my actual college degree, would probably not have been employed by Nintendo!'"
Mindful that qualifications don't always mean the world, apparently Miyamoto has taken to getting involved in the interview process himself to make sure Nintendo's multi-stage recruitment process isn't missing anything.
"I might pick up on them," he said of applicants, "and try to find out something really different within them which you can't judge just by a college degree. That's one of the special little jobs I set myself."
The full interview can be found in Edge's Christmas issue.