Kensuke Tanabe

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Kensuke Tanabe
Kensuke Tanabe GDC 2011.jpg
Kensuke Tanabe at the
Game Developers Conference 2011
Born (1963-01-26) January 26, 1963 (age 56)
Alma materOsaka University of Arts
OccupationVideo game director and producer

Kensuke Tanabe (田邊 賢輔, Tanabe Kensuke, born January 26, 1963 in Ikeda, Osaka, Japan)[1][2] is a Japanese video game designer and producer working for Nintendo. After he had graduated from the Visual Concept Planning Department of Osaka University of Arts, he decided to enter the video game industry, and joined Nintendo in April 1986.[2][3] At first, Tanabe was part of the Entertainment Analysis and Development division.[4] He directed the platform games Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic and Super Mario Bros. 2, and worked on the scripts for the action-adventures The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.[3][4] In 2003, Tanabe switched to the Software Planning and Development division, where he became the manager of Production Group No. 3.[2][4] In recent years, he has become a producer, and has managed the development of first party Nintendo video games, such as the first-person adventure Metroid Prime.[3]



  1. ^ "「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. 120. ISBN 4-09-102448-3.
  2. ^ a b c "Biographical Information: Kensuke Tanabe" (PDF). Nintendo of America, Inc. June 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-02-01.
  3. ^ a b c クリエイターズファイル 第101回. (in Japanese). February 10, 2003. Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c "E3 2004: Metroid Prime 2 Interview". IGN. IGN Entertainment, Inc. May 12, 2004. Retrieved January 11, 2011.

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