Takashi Tezuka

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Takashi Tezuka
Takashi Tezuka E3 2012 Nintendo Press Conference (cropped)-2.jpg
Takashi Tezuka at E3 2012
Born (1960-11-17) November 17, 1960 (age 53)
Osaka, Japan
Occupation General Manager, EAD Software Development Department, Nintendo Co., Ltd.

Takashi Tezuka (手塚 卓志 Tezuka Takashi?, born November 17, 1960), sometimes credited under his nickname Ten Ten, is a video game designer working for Nintendo.[1][2] A graduate of the Design Department of Osaka University of Arts, he joined the company in April 1984 and was involved with some of the most critically acclaimed Nintendo series, including Mario and The Legend of Zelda.[1][3] Tezuka is fond of fantasy novels such as J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and wrote the story and script for The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.[4] Together with Shigeru Miyamoto, he currently holds the position "General Manager of EAD Software Development Department" at Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development, the largest game development division in the company.[1]

I have never consciously separated casual users and hardcore gamers when I design a game. For the past 20 years, I have always been trying to make games so that anyone -- as many people as possible -- can enjoy them. ... I cannot help but say that I love my job of making games from the bottom of my heart.

— Takashi Tezuka[3]

Works[edit]

Year Title Position
1984 Devil World Game Designer
1985 Super Mario Bros. Assistant Director, Game Designer
1986 Super Mario Bros. 2 JP Director, Game Designer
1986 The Legend of Zelda Director, Game Designer, and Writer
1988 Super Mario Bros. 3 Director, Game Designer
1990 Super Mario World Director
1991 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Director
1993 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Director
1995 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Director
1995 BS The Legend of Zelda Game Designer
1996 Super Mario 64 Assistant Director
1997 BS The Legend of Zelda: Inishie no Sekiban Supervisor
1997 Star Fox 64 Supervisor
1997 Yoshi's Story Producer
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Supervisor
1999 Mario Golf Supervisor
2000 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Supervisor
2001 The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages Supervisor
2001 Luigi's Mansion Producer
2001 Pikmin Progress Management
2001 Animal Crossing Producer
2002 Super Mario Sunshine Producer
2002 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Producer
2003 Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Producer
2004 The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap Supervisor
2004 The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures Supervisor
2004 Pikmin 2 Producer
2004 Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Character Supervisor
2005 Yoshi Touch & Go Producer
2005 Animal Crossing: Wild World Producer
2006 New Super Mario Bros. General Producer
2006 Yoshi's Island DS Senior Producer
2008 Wii Music Producer
2009 New Super Mario Bros. Wii Producer
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Producer
2011 Super Mario 3D Land General Producer
2012 New Super Mario Bros. 2 Producer
2012 New Super Mario Bros. U Producer
2012 Animal Crossing: New Leaf General Producer
2013 Flipnote Studio 3D Producer
2014 Yoshi's New Island Producer
2015 Mario Maker Producer
2015 Yoshi's Woolly World Producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "E3 2006 Online Press Kit – Biographical Information: Takashi Tezuka". Nintendo of America, Inc. May 5, 2006. Archived from the original on September 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ "「ゼルダの伝説 夢をみる島」開発スタッフ名鑑". Nintendo Official Guide Book – The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (in Japanese). Shogakukan Inc. July 1993. p. 121. ISBN 4-09-102448-3. 
  3. ^ a b "In Conversation: Takashi Tezuka". Businessweek. Bloomberg L.P. June 29, 2007. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Classic: Zelda und Link". Club Nintendo (in German) (Nintendo of Europe GmbH): 72. April 1996. 

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