June 20, 1967 |
|Occupation||Founder of Love-de-Lic, Skip, Ltd., Route24
Game designer and director
Kenichi Nishi (西 健一 Nishi Ken'ichi?, born June 20, 1967) is a Japanese video game designer. He was born June 20, 1967 in Tokyo, Japan. Over the years, he has helped found a number of notable video game companies and currently develops games at Route24, his own private limited company. The number 24 in the title comes from its founder's name: "Ni" (2) and "Shi" (4).
Kenichi Nishi previously worked for both Telenet Japan and its subsidiary Riot. He was later hired by Square as a field designer for two of its larger releases. After leaving Square in 1995, Nishi helped establish Love-de-Lic, Inc. with many of his former Square coworkers. There, he designed two of the small company's three game releases: Moon: Remix RPG Adventure and L.O.L.: Lack of Love. He also helped design and write the script for the 1999 Polygon Magic title Incredible Crisis. Nishi then co-founded skip Ltd., a second-party developer for Nintendo. Acting as vice president of the company, he also directed GiFTPiA and co-directed Chibi-Robo!. Shortly thereafter, he left skip and founded Route24 on February 23, 2006. According to Nishi, he felt that working on large projects with a large group of people such as those at skip limited his freedom in designing games.
At Route24, Nishi and a staff of four other people developed LOL for the Nintendo DS, which was published by skip in 2007. He recently worked on Newtonica and Newtonica2 for the iPhone and iPod Touch with Kenji Eno, among other independently developed mobile games. In 2010, Nishi expressed interest in developing a sequel to Moon: Remix RPG Adventure, asking fans to voice their support via Twitter.
Nishi currently lives in Meguro, Tokyo. He is a fan of British rock music and once had a dog named Tao, who Nishi featured as a character in many of his games including Moon: Remix RPG Adventure, GiFTPiA, L.O.L.: Lack of Love, Chibi-Robo and Captain Rainbow. Tao died in October 2009 due to kidney complications. It is said that Dragon Quest III is Nishi's favorite game.
- Tenshi no Uta (1991)
- Exile (1991)
- Psycho Dream (1992)
- Chrono Trigger (1995)
- Super Mario RPG (1996)
- Moon: Remix RPG Adventure (1997)
- Incredible Crisis (1999)
- L.O.L.: Lack of Love (2000)
- GiFTPiA (2003)
- Chibi-Robo! (2005)
- LOL (2007)
- Captain Rainbow (2008)
- Newtonica (2008)
- Takurou Morinaga DS (2008)
- Newtonica2 (2008)
- Wacky World of Sports (2009)
- PostPet DS (2009)
- iCLK (2010)
- geotrion (2010)
- Followars (2010)
- Paper Mario: Sticker Star (2012) - special thanks
- "Cobits" (2013)
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- "Route24OfficialBlog Profile" (in Japanese). Route24. Retrieved 2008-09-06.
- "Behind the Scenes – LOL: Lack of Love". GamesTM. The Ultimate Retro Companion (Imagine Publishing) (3): p. 117. 2010. ISSN 1448-2606. OCLC 173412381.
- Hoffman, Chris (March 2006). "Breaking the Mold: Chibi-Robo". Nintendo Power (Redmond Washington: Nintendo of America) (201): pp. 28–33.
- Alexander, Patrick (March 14, 2008). "Feature: Kenichi Nishi and Archime-DS Interview (Part One)". Eegra. Retrieved 2008-09-11. He apparently still collaborates with them though, seeing Captain Rainbow (2008) credited him for the game's script.
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- "NEWTONICA: De Motu Corporum in Gyrium". Coregamer. August 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-06.
- Nishi, Kenichi (September 10, 2009). "お知らせ086 : PostPetDS 夢見るモモと不思議のペン" (in Japanese). Route24. Retrieved 2009-09-12.