Yasuhiro Wada (video game designer)

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Yasuhiro Wada at Anime Expo in 2018

Yasuhiro Wada (Japanese: 和田康弘, Hepburn: Wada Yasuhiro) is a Japanese video game designer and producer. He is known for his work on Story of Seasons, formerly known as the Harvest Moon series. Despite acclaim and success from the series, he had decided to no longer work on the series and focus on other projects in 2009.

Career[edit]

Yasuhiro Wada was the producer of the 1995 Super Famicom game Magical Pop'n.[1] He also worked as the designer on the game Harvest Moon.[1][2] Harvest Moon is a farming game, with gameplay that is not focused on combat or competition.[2] Wada felt he needed to make games that were different from those of his predecessors, and he drew on his experience growing up in rural life.[2]

In 2005, he was the president of Marvelous Interactive.[3] In 2008, he was the Chief Commercial Officer of Marvelous Entertainment.[3] In 2010, he joined Grasshopper Manufacture as COO.[3] He then left Grasshopper and founded the company Toybox in 2011.[4][5]

Wada was the producer for the game Birthdays are Beginnings.[6][7]

He worked on the game Little Dragon's Cafe.[8][9] The game is a cafe-management and dragon-raising simulator.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Aetas Inc. "「牧場物語」の和田康宏氏がSwitchに感じた可能性。生態系シム「ハッピーバースデイズ」クリエイティブプロデューサーインタビュー" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2018-04-10. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  2. ^ a b c Staff, GDC Vault. "Video: The making of the original SNES Harvest Moon". Archived from the original on 2017-06-30. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  3. ^ a b c "CREATOR - トイボックス株式会社". www.toybox-games.jp (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2016-10-04. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  4. ^ "Yasuhiro Wada - Anime Expo". Anime Expo. Archived from the original on 2018-08-12. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  5. ^ "Yasuhiro Wada On How Happy Birthdays Is More Game-Like, And Why He Left Grasshopper - Siliconera". Siliconera. 2018-04-14. Archived from the original on 2018-08-12. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  6. ^ "The creators of Stardew Valley and Harvest Moon talk to us about farm games". pcgamer. Archived from the original on 2018-08-12. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  7. ^ "『Birthdays -バースデイズ-(仮題)』自分だけの世界を作って命を生み出そう - ファミ通.com". ファミ通.com (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2018-08-12. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  8. ^ "We Talked to the Creator of Harvest Moon Series,Yasuhiro Wada, for His New Game Little Dragon's Cafe -". mxdwn Games. 2018-08-09. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  9. ^ "Interview: Little Dragons Cafe's Yasuhiro Wada and Akibo Shieh - Gematsu". Gematsu. 2018-07-17. Archived from the original on 2018-08-12. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  10. ^ "Harvest Moon Creator's Next Game is a Cafe Management and Dragon Raising Sim". USgamer.net. Archived from the original on 2018-08-12. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  11. ^ "Harvest Moon creator's latest game combines dragon rearing and restaurant management". Eurogamer.net. Archived from the original on 2018-08-12. Retrieved 2018-08-12.

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