Hirokazu Yasuhara

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Hirokazu Yasuhara
The Original Sonic Team.jpg
Sonic series creators Yuji Naka (left), Naoto Ohshima (center), and Yasuhara (Right) at Sonic's 20th anniversary event in 2011
Native name 安原 弘和
Born October 12, 1965 (age 51)
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Game designer
Notable work Sonic the Hedgehog series

Hirokazu Yasuhara (安原 弘和 Yasuhara Hirokazu?, born October 12, 1965) (also credited as Carol Yas) is a Japanese video game designer. He is best known for designing the gameplay and stages of the initial Sonic the Hedgehog video games for Sega Genesis in the 1990s, based on technical demos and engines programmed under the lead of Yuji Naka.[1] Yasuhara stayed with Sega until the late 1990s. He then joined Naughty Dog, working on the Jak and Daxter series and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, collaborating again with former Sega employee Mark Cerny. He was the senior design director at Namco Bandai Games America. In April 2012, Yasuhara joined Nintendo where he accepted a position at the Nintendo Software Technology division.[2]

Production history[edit]


  1. ^ "75 Power Players". Next Generation. Imagine Media (11): 54. November 1995. 
  2. ^ Curtis, Tom (April 4, 2012). "Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator Hirokazu Yasuhara joins Nintendo". Gamasutra. Retrieved April 4, 2012.