Hideki Konno

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Hideki Konno
Hideki Konno GDC 2011 Day 3 (cropped).jpg
Konno in 2011
Born (1965-05-13) May 13, 1965 (age 55)
Occupationvideo game designer, director and producer
EmployerNintendo (1986-present)
Notable work
Super Mario
Mario Kart
Luigi's Mansion
Yoshi's Island
TitleManager at Nintendo EAD (2003-2015)
Manager at Nintendo EPD Smart Device Group (2015-present)

Hideki Konno (紺野 秀樹, Konno Hideki) (born May 13, 1965) is a video game director, game designer and producer who works for Nintendo. Since 2015, Konno works as manager at Nintendo EPD, more precisely on the Smart Device Group, the department responsible for production of smartphone games.


He joined the company in 1986, realizing his dream after a long adoration of playing Famicom games, where he worked on positions such as assistant director already on the beginning of his careers, along being the director for titles such as Super Mario Kart and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.[1][2]

Eventually in the beginning of the 2000s, he became the group manager of his own department at Nintendo EAD, where he produced titles such as Nintendogs, Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii. Konno also went on to become the producer for the Nintendo DS's successor, the Nintendo 3DS. He still produced games for Nintendo EAD after that with Nintendogs + Cats, Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8.

In 2015, after over a decade managing his own group at Nintendo EAD, Konno began managing Nintendo's mobile projects on his own production group at Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development, the division resulting from the merger of Nintendo's main development and production divisions.[3]


Year Game title Role
1987 Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic Assistant director, Course design
1988 Super Mario Bros. 2
Ice Hockey Director
Super Mario Bros. 3 Assistant director, Course design
1990 Super Mario World Map director
SimCity Director
1992 Super Mario Kart
1995 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
1996 Mario Kart 64
1997 Yoshi's Story System director
1998 F-Zero X Sequence support
2001 Mario Kart: Super Circuit Supervisor
Luigi's Mansion Director
2002 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Supervisor
2005 Geist Producer
Mario Kart DS
2008 Mario Kart Wii
2011 Nintendogs + Cats
Nintendo 3DS
Mario Kart 7
2013 Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Special advisor
2014 Mario Kart 8 Producer
2016 Super Mario Run
2017 Fire Emblem Heroes
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
2018 Dragalia Lost
2019 Dr. Mario World
Mario Kart Tour



  1. ^ Iwata Asks: Mario Kart Wii
  2. ^ N-Sider Looks At Nintendo Development
  3. ^ "スマホ向けゲームにかける「任天堂の本気度」 収益の柱に育てられるか". Sankei.com (in Japanese). Retrieved 18 May 2018.