Eiji Aonuma at the Game Developers Conference 2007
|Born||Eiji Onozuka (小野塚 英二?)
March 16, 1963 
Nagano Prefecture, Japan
|Occupation||Video game producer, video game director|
Eiji Aonuma (Japanese: 青沼 英二 Hepburn: Aonuma Eiji?, born March 16, 1963) is a Japanese video game designer and video game director. He currently works for Nintendo as the Group Manager of Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No. 3. He has directed and produced several installments in The Legend of Zelda series of video games.
After graduating, he interviewed at Nintendo. Aonuma met Shigeru Miyamoto during the interview, and showed Miyamoto samples of his college work. His first projects involved graphic design, creating sprites for Nintendo Entertainment System games such as 1991's NES Open Tournament Golf. Aonuma was director of development on 1996's Marvelous: Mouhitotsu no Takarajim for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
In a move which Aonuma attributes to his position on the Marvelous team, Miyamoto recruited Aonuma to join the development team for the Zelda series.
He spent several years as a lead developer of The Legend of Zelda series: 1998's The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and its sequel Majora's Mask, both for the Nintendo 64; and The Wind Waker, the first Zelda game for the Nintendo GameCube. After The Wind Waker, Aonuma considered moving onto other projects, but was convinced by Shigeru Miyamoto to continue with the Zelda series. He codeveloped The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the second major Zelda game to be released for the GameCube and a launch game for the Wii. He was voted Designer of the Year for his work on Twilight Princess in Electronic Gaming Monthly 's 2006 1Up Network Awards. He then codeveloped a sequel to The Wind Waker for the Nintendo DS, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, followed by another Nintendo DS title, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. He codeveloped Link's Crossbow Training, which is the first game to use the Wii Zapper. He has since produced The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Nintendo Wii, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the Nintendo 3DS, and is producing The Legend of Zelda for the Wii U.
Aonuma is a member of the band The Wind Wakers, named after The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, which is composed of several Nintendo employees who perform concerts four times a year for employees of the company.
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- Eiji Aonuma at Nintendo Miiverse
- Eiji Aonuma's profile at MobyGames
- IGN E3 2005 Interview
- Unlimited Gamer: Eiji Aonuma Interview
- Eurogamer: Eiji Aonuma expresses discontent with The Wind Waker
- NintendoWorldReport GDC 2007 Interview
- MTV GDC 2007 Interview
- IGN GDC 2007 Interview
- Game|Life E3 2007 Interview
- Game Informer August 2007 Interview
- 1UP October 2007 Interview
- Eiji Aonuma at the Internet Movie Database