Kenichi Nishi

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Kenichi Nishi
Born (1967-06-20) June 20, 1967 (age 51)
Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
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. He has helped found a number of notable video game companies and 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).[1]


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.[1][2] 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.[1][3][4] He also helped design and write the script for the 1999 Polygon Magic title Incredible Crisis.[5] 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!.[2] Shortly thereafter, he left skip and founded Route24 on February 23, 2006.[3] 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.[6]

At Route24, Nishi and a staff of four other people developed LOL for the Nintendo DS, which was published by skip in 2007.[7] 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.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Nishi 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.[4][6][7] Tao died in October 2009 due to kidney complications.[9] It is said that Dragon Quest III is Nishi's favorite game.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d Bruno de Figueiredo. "Hardcore Gaming 101: Love De Lic". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  2. ^ a b Riley, Adam (July 22, 2006). "Skip, Ltd Talks Nintendo, Chibi-Robo DS, GiFTPiA & More! (Transcript)". Cubed3. Retrieved 2008-09-06. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Route24OfficialBlog Profile" (in Japanese). Route24. Archived from the original on 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  4. ^ a b "Behind the Scenes – LOL: Lack of Love". GamesTM. The Ultimate Retro Companion. No. 3. Imagine Publishing. 2010. p. 117. ISSN 1448-2606. OCLC 173412381. 
  5. ^ Hoffman, Chris (March 2006). "Breaking the Mold: Chibi-Robo". Nintendo Power. No. 201. Redmond Washington: Nintendo of America. pp. 28–33. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i 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.
  7. ^ a b Riley, Adam (May 3, 2007). "Kenichi Nishi on Archime-DS". Cubed3. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  8. ^ Parkin, Simon (October 13, 2010). "JRPG Producer Looks To Twitter To Help Secure A Publisher". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  9. ^ Caoili, Eric (November 16, 2009). "All Dogs Go To Heaven: Kenichi Nishi's Tao Passes". GameSetWatch. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  10. ^ "Psycho Dream Release Information". GameFAQs. Archived from the original on 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  11. ^ a b Caoili, Eric (November 24, 2008). "Best Of FingerGaming: From Aurora Feint to Dr. Awesome". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  12. ^ キャプテン★レインボー (in Japanese). Nintendo Software DataBase. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  13. ^ "NEWTONICA: De Motu Corporum in Gyrium". Coregamer. August 21, 2008. Retrieved 2015-11-18. 
  14. ^ 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. 

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