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Eiji Aonuma

NameEiji Aonuma
BornMarch 16, 1963
Nagano Prefecture
Japan
OccupationProducer
Director
Known ForThe Legend of Zelda Series
Years active1991-Present

Eiji Aonuma - Gameography

Eiji Aonuma is a Japanese video game designer and producer at Nintendo. Aonuma primarily focuses on The Legend of Zelda series with his involvement in the series stretching back to 1998 with the release of Ocarina of Time.

Eiji Aonuma’s involvement with Nintendo started right out of University, when he interviewed at Nintendo and secured a position after showing Shigeru Miyamoto samples of his college work. Aonuma’s first assignment involved graphic design, creating sprites for NES Open Tournament Golf in 1991. Aonuma took on his first director role on Marvelous: Mōhitotsu no Takarajima for the Super Nintendo. Miyamoto recruited Aonuma to join the development team for the Legend of Zelda series based off his work and position on the Marvelous team.

Aonuma was appointed the Game System Director of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask for the Nintendo 64. Aonuma’s involvement with The Legend of Zelda series would evolve with him taking on the lead Director role for The Wind Waker. After the completion of the The Wind Waker for the GameCube, Aonuma considered moving onto other project but was convinced to stay focused as the prime resource on the Legend of Zelda series by Shigeru Miyamoto.

Moving forward after the completion of The Wind Waker on the GameCube, Aonuma assumed the role of Producer for every major release in the series since. In November 2016, Aonuma was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Joystick Awards. In June 2019, he was promoted to the position of Deputy General Manager of Nintendo’s Entertainment Planning & Development division.

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Lifetime Achievement Award & Documentary By Did You Know Gaming

Eiji Aonuma wins Lifetime Achievement Award
Eiji Aonuma: Reinventing Zelda to Breath of the Wild - Did You Know Gaming Ft. Furst
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DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1991NES Open Tournament Golf BoxNES Open Tournament GolfFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D2NintendoDesignerSports
1994Super Game Boy BoxSuper Game BoySuper NintendoNintendoNintendoScreen DesignAccessory
1996BS Marvelous Time Athletic BoxBS Marvelous: Time AthleticSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo R&D2NintendoDirectorAction RPG
1996BS Super Mario USA Power ChallengeBS Super Mario USA Power ChallengeSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo EAD
St. GIGA
NintendoGraphic DesignPlatformer
1996Marvelous - Mōhitotsu no Takarajima BoxMarvelous: Mōhitotsu no TakarajimaSuper FamicomNintendo R&D2NintendoGraphic DirectorAction-Adventure
RPG
1996Pilotwings 64 BoxPilotwings 64Nintendo 64Nintendo EAD
Nintendo R&D3
Paradigm Simulation
NintendoSpecial ThanksFlight Simulator
1996Star Wars: Shadows of the EmpireStar Wars: Shadows of the EmpireNintendo 64LucasArtsNintendoAdvisorAction
1997Blast Corps BoxBlast CorpsNintendo 64RareNintendoAdvisorAction
Puzzle
1997GoldenEye 007 BoxGoldenEye 007Nintendo 64RareNintendoAdvisorFirst-Person Shooter
1998The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of TimeNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoGame System DirectorAction-Adventure
2000The Legend of Zelda - Majora's Mask BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Majora's MaskNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoGame System DirectorAction-Adventure
2001Super Smash Bros. Melee BoxSuper Smash Bros. MeleeGameCubeHAL LaboratoryNintendoOriginal Game Staff AdvisorFighting
2002The Legend of Zelda - Wind Waker BoxThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind WakerGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoDirectorAction-Adventure
2003The Legend of Zelda Collector's EditionThe Legend of Zelda: Collector's EditionGameCubeNintendoNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2004The Legend of Zelda - Four Swords Adventures BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Four Swords AdventuresGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2004The Legend of Zelda The Minish Cap BoxThe Legend of Zelda: The Minish CapGame Boy AdvanceCapcom
Flagship
NintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2006The Legend of Zelda - Twilight Princess BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessGameCube
Wii
Nintendo EADNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2007Link's Crossbow Training BoxLink's Crossbow TrainingWiiNintendo EADNintendoProducerShooter
2007The Legend of Zelda - Phantom Hourglass BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Phantom HourglassNintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2008Super Smash Bros Brawl BoxSuper Smash Bros. BrawlWiiGame Arts
HAL Laboratory
Sora Ltd.
NintendoOriginal Game Staff AdvisorFighting
2009The Legend of Zelda - Spirit Tracks BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Spirit TracksNintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2011The Legend of Zelda Four Swords Anniversary Edition BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary EditionNintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2011The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DNintendo 3DSGrezzoNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2011The Legend of Zelda - Skyward Sword BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Skyward SwordWiiNintendo EADNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2012Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition BoxTekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U EditionWii UBandai NamcoBandai NamcoCollaboration Contents AdvisorFighting
2013The Legend of Zelda - A Link Between WorldsThe Legend of Zelda: A Link Between WorldsNintendo 3DSNintendo EADNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2013The Legend of Zelda - Wind Waker Box HD BoxThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HDWii UNintendo EADNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2014Bayonetta 2 Wii U BoxBayonetta 2Wii UPlatinum GamesNintendoSpecial ThanksAction
2014Hyrule Warriors BoxHyrule WarriorsWii UOmega Force
Team Ninja
Nintendo
Tecmo Koei (JP)
Zelda Franchise Supervisor
Hack & Slash
2014Super Smash Bros for Wii U BoxSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii UWii U
Nintendo 3DS
Bandai Namco Studios
Sora Ltd.
NintendoOriginal Game Staff AdvisorFighting
2015The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask 3D BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3DNintendo 3DSGrezzoNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2015The Legend of Zelda - Tri Force Heroes BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Tri Force HeroesNintendo 3DSNintendo EAD
Grezzo
NintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2016Hyrule Warriors Legends BoxHyrule Warriors LegendsNintendo 3DSOmega Force
Team Ninja
Nintendo
Koei Tecmo (JP)
Zelda Franchise SupervisorBeat 'em up
2016The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HDWii UTantalus
Nintendo EPD
NintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2017The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim BoxThe Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimNintendo SwitchIron Galaxy
Bethesda
BethesdaAdvisor
Action RPG
2017Breath of the Wild BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo Switch
Wii U
Nintendo EPDNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2017Breath of the Wild BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion PassNintendo Switch
Wii U
Nintendo EPDNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2018Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition BoxHyrule Warriors: Definitive EditionNintendo SwitchOmega Force
Team Ninja
NintendoZelda Franchise SupervisorHack & Slash
2018Super Smash Bros. UltimateSuper Smash Bros. UltimateNintendo SwitchBandai Namco Studios
Sora Ltd.
NintendoOriginal Game Staff AdvisorFighting
2019Cadence of Hyrule - Crypt of the NecroDancer BoxCadence of HyruleNintendo SwitchBrace Yourself GamesNintendo
Spike Chunsoft (JP)
Special ThanksRoguelike
Rhythm
2019The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningNintendo SwitchNintendo EPDNintendoProducerAction-Adventure

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1996Star Wars: Shadows of the EmpireStar Wars: Shadows of the EmpireNintendo 64LucasArtsNintendoAdvisorAction
1997Blast Corps BoxBlast CorpsNintendo 64RareNintendoAdvisorAction
Puzzle
1997GoldenEye 007 BoxGoldenEye 007Nintendo 64RareNintendoAdvisorFirst-Person Shooter
2001Super Smash Bros. Melee BoxSuper Smash Bros. MeleeGameCubeHAL LaboratoryNintendoOriginal Game Staff AdvisorFighting
2008Super Smash Bros Brawl BoxSuper Smash Bros. BrawlWiiGame Arts
HAL Laboratory
Sora Ltd.
NintendoOriginal Game Staff AdvisorFighting
2012Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U Edition BoxTekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U EditionWii UBandai NamcoBandai NamcoCollaboration Contents AdvisorFighting
2014Super Smash Bros for Wii U BoxSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii UWii U
Nintendo 3DS
Bandai Namco Studios
Sora Ltd.
NintendoOriginal Game Staff AdvisorFighting
2017The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim BoxThe Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimNintendo SwitchIron Galaxy
Bethesda
BethesdaAdvisor
Action RPG
2018Super Smash Bros. UltimateSuper Smash Bros. UltimateNintendo SwitchBandai Namco Studios
Sora Ltd.
NintendoOriginal Game Staff AdvisorFighting

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1991NES Open Tournament Golf BoxNES Open Tournament GolfFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D2NintendoDesignerSports
1994Super Game Boy BoxSuper Game BoySuper NintendoNintendoNintendoScreen DesignAccessory
1996BS Super Mario USA Power ChallengeBS Super Mario USA Power ChallengeSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo EAD
St. GIGA
NintendoGraphic DesignPlatformer

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1996BS Marvelous Time Athletic BoxBS Marvelous: Time AthleticSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo R&D2NintendoDirectorAction RPG
1996Marvelous - Mōhitotsu no Takarajima BoxMarvelous: Mōhitotsu no TakarajimaSuper FamicomNintendo R&D2NintendoGraphic DirectorAction-Adventure
RPG
1998The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of TimeNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoGame System DirectorAction-Adventure
2000The Legend of Zelda - Majora's Mask BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Majora's MaskNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoGame System DirectorAction-Adventure
2002The Legend of Zelda - Wind Waker BoxThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind WakerGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoDirectorAction-Adventure

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
2003The Legend of Zelda Collector's EditionThe Legend of Zelda: Collector's EditionGameCubeNintendoNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2004The Legend of Zelda - Four Swords Adventures BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Four Swords AdventuresGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2006The Legend of Zelda - Twilight Princess BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessGameCube
Wii
Nintendo EADNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2007Link's Crossbow Training BoxLink's Crossbow TrainingWiiNintendo EADNintendoProducerShooter
2007The Legend of Zelda - Phantom Hourglass BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Phantom HourglassNintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2009The Legend of Zelda - Spirit Tracks BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Spirit TracksNintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2011The Legend of Zelda Four Swords Anniversary Edition BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary EditionNintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2011The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DNintendo 3DSGrezzoNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2011The Legend of Zelda - Skyward Sword BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Skyward SwordWiiNintendo EADNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2013The Legend of Zelda - A Link Between WorldsThe Legend of Zelda: A Link Between WorldsNintendo 3DSNintendo EADNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2013The Legend of Zelda - Wind Waker Box HD BoxThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HDWii UNintendo EADNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2015The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask 3D BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3DNintendo 3DSGrezzoNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2015The Legend of Zelda - Tri Force Heroes BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Tri Force HeroesNintendo 3DSNintendo EAD
Grezzo
NintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2016The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HDWii UTantalus
Nintendo EPD
NintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2017Breath of the Wild BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo Switch
Wii U
Nintendo EPDNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2017Breath of the Wild BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Expansion PassNintendo Switch
Wii U
Nintendo EPDNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2019The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningNintendo SwitchNintendo EPDNintendoProducerAction-Adventure

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1996Pilotwings 64 BoxPilotwings 64Nintendo 64Nintendo EAD
Nintendo R&D3
Paradigm Simulation
NintendoSpecial ThanksFlight Simulator
2014Bayonetta 2 Wii U BoxBayonetta 2Wii UPlatinum GamesNintendoSpecial ThanksAction
2019Cadence of Hyrule - Crypt of the NecroDancer BoxCadence of HyruleNintendo SwitchBrace Yourself GamesNintendo
Spike Chunsoft (JP)
Special ThanksRoguelike
Rhythm

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
2004The Legend of Zelda The Minish Cap BoxThe Legend of Zelda: The Minish CapGame Boy AdvanceCapcom
Flagship
NintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2014Hyrule Warriors BoxHyrule WarriorsWii UOmega Force
Team Ninja
Nintendo
Tecmo Koei (JP)
Zelda Franchise Supervisor
Hack & Slash
2016Hyrule Warriors Legends BoxHyrule Warriors LegendsNintendo 3DSOmega Force
Team Ninja
Nintendo
Koei Tecmo (JP)
Zelda Franchise SupervisorBeat 'em up
2018Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition BoxHyrule Warriors: Definitive EditionNintendo SwitchOmega Force
Team Ninja
NintendoZelda Franchise SupervisorHack & Slash