Takaya Imamura retires from Nintendo

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Jordan Smith

Publish Date:

21 Jan 2021

Nintendo Designer Takaya Imamura has retired from Nintendo today at 54 years old. Takaya has been with Nintendo for 32 years and in that time has given us many memorable characters, designs and games. Mr Imamura started in Nintendo as a graphic designer for F-Zero, where he created the cars and racers from the original anti-gravity racer, before moving into the world of Star Fox, where he designed many of the iconic characters like the one and only Fox McCloud.

By the time the Nintendo 64 released in the late 90’s Takaya moved up in the world and served as the Art Director and Chief Designer on many projects, including Star Fox 64, F Zero X and The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask, some of the Nintendo 64’s best selling and most iconic games. As we moved into the 2000s, Takaya took another step up and began directing and producing incredible games such as 2006s Star Fox: Command, 2011s Steel Diver and 2016s Tank Troopers. Takaya has also worked on many other outstanding projects with Nintendo including classic Legend of Zelda titles such as A Link to the Past and The Wind Waker and other popular titles like Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Super Smash Bros. and much more. For that, we at 3Bit wanted to say. Thank you, Takaya Imamura, for all of your incredible creations, games and characters!

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