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NameKoji Igarashi
BornMarch 17, 1968
Fukushima Prefecture
Japan
OccupationPresident
Producer
Writer
Programmer
Known ForCastlevania series
Bloodstained series
Co-Founder of ArtPlay
Years active1992-Present

Koji Igarashi - Gameography

Koji Igarashi is a video game producer, writer and creative director best known for his involvement with the Castlevania series.  Often credited and referred to as IGA, Igarashi began his career in the video game industry in 1990 when he joined Konami as a programmer.

Joining Konami as a programmer shortly after completing University he was assigned to a project as both a programmer and lead writer, tasked with the creation of the game’s story.  Igarashi became exposed to the development of the Castlevania series when he began dating an employee at Konami who was working on Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and would later become his wife.   Igarashi was still relatively new to the video game industry and was working as the lead writer on Tokimeki Memorial, a dating simulation game for the PC Engine’s Super CD-ROM² System.  His girlfriend was giving him advise on how to write the story to Tokimeki Memorial and during his breaks he would play the game she was developing, Rondo of Blood.

Igarashi developed a passion for the series and informed his boss that he had no desire to work on a sequel to Tokimeki Memorial and requested to be transferred to join the Castlevania development team.  Igarashi’s involvement with the Castlevania series began when he was assigned to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night where he was involved with the story-writing and programming.  During mid-production of the game Toru Hagihara was promoted to the head of the division and asked Igarashi to finish the game as the assistant director.  From the beginning of the development the game was intended to represent a new direction for the franchise as linear games such as the previous installments of Castlevania offered very little replay value, something Konami was trying to address in order to keep their games out of bargain bins throughout Japan. 

The development team was successful in their goal to create a new formula for the Castlevania franchise and even established a subgenre of action-adventure known as Metroidvania.  Symphony of the Night became a critical and financial success over time, establishing that there was a desire by players for Metroidvania style games.  From that point forward Igarashi would continue working on the Castlevania franchise for the next 10 years before being reassigned to Konami’s Social division.  Over the course of the decade he produced and wrote Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, Castlevania: Lament of Innocence, Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, Castlevania: Order of Shadows and Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles.  By 2010 Igarashi’s name became synonymous with Castlevania, however Konami’s corporate vision was shifting, and Igarashi would be reassigned to their Social division in 2011 to focus on more casual games, a change that would eventually result in Igarashi’s departure from Konami in March 2014.

In September 2014 Igarashi and Feng Gang founded ArtPlay an independent studio in Tokyo, Japan with a branch office in China that would focus on the development of mobile games.  Igarashi is the representative director of the company’s Japanese main branch which handles the creation of console games.  Inspired by Keji Inafune’s recent crowd sourcing project Mighty No. 9 he decided to launch his own Kickstarter campaign for his new project. He launched the Kickstarter campaign in May 2015 for a spiritual successor to Castlevania known as Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. 

The release of Bloodstain: Ritual of the Night was a great success for Igarashi and ArtPlay selling over 1 million units by June 2020.  Igarashi is continuing to build upon the Bloodstain series with the sequel to, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon while working on other projects such as the Sega published Revolve8 while holding the positions of President & Executive Producer of ArtPlay.

Known For:

Koji Igarashi's departure from Konami & his new start

Koji Igarashi Leaves Konami - IGN Conversations
Koji Igarashi (Bloodstained) - alternative paths to game creation
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DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1992Detana!! TwinBee BoxDetana!! TwinBeePC EngineKonamiKonamiProgrammerVertical Shooter
1992Gradius II BoxGradius IIPC Engine Super CD-ROM²KonamiKonamiProgrammerScrolling Shooter
1993Castlevania - Rondo of Blood BoxCastlevania: Rondo of BloodPC Engine Super CD-ROM²KonamiKonamiSpecial ThanksPlatform-Adventure
1994Tokimeki Memorial BoxTokimeki MemorialPC Engine Super CD-ROM²KonamiKonamiScenario Writer
Programmer
Dating Simulation
1994International Superstar Soccer BoxInternational Superstar SoccerSuper Famicom
Super Nintendo
KonamiKonamiProgrammerSports
Soccer
1997Castlevania - Symphony of the Night BoxCastlevania: Symphony of the NightPlayStation
Sega Saturn
Konami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiAssistant Director
Programmer
Scenario Writer
Platform-Adventure
Action RPG
Metroidvania
2000Elder GateElder GatePlayStationKonami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiDirectorRPG
2001Castlevania Chronicles BoxCastlevania ChroniclesPlayStationKonami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiProducerPlatformer
2001Castlevania Circle of the Moon BoxCastlevania: Circle of the MoonGame Boy AdvanceKonami Computer Entertainment KobeKonamiPromotionalPlatform-Adventure
Action RPG
Metroidvania
2002Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance BoxCastlevania: Harmony of DissonanceGame Boy AdvanceKonami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Platform-Adventure
Action RPG
Metroidvania
2003Castlevania - Aria of Sorrow BoxCastlevania: Aria of SorrowGame Boy AdvanceKonami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Platform-Adventure
Action RPG
Metroidvania
2003Castlevania Lament of Innocence BoxCastlevania: Lament of InnocencePlayStation 2Konami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Action-Adventure
Hack and Slash
2004Nano Breaker BoxNano BreakerPlayStation 2Konami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiProducerAction
Hack and Slash
2005The Sword of Etheria BoxThe Sword of EtheriaPlayStation 2Konami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiSpecial ThanksAction
RPG
2005Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow BoxCastlevania: Dawn of SorrowNintendo DSKonami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Platform-Adventure
Action RPG
Metroidvania
2005Castlevania Curse of Darkness BoxCastlevania: Curse of DarknessPlayStation 2
Xbox
KonamiKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Action-Adventure
Hack and Slash
2006Castlevania Portrait of Ruin BoxCastlevania: Portrait of RuinNintendo DSKonami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Platform-Adventure
Action RPG
Metroidvania
2007Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Xbox Arcade BoxTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesXbox 360KonamiUbisoftSpecial ThanksPlatformer
Action
2007Castlevania Order of Shadows BoxCastlevania: Order of ShadowsWindows MobileKonami MobileKonamiSpecial ThanksAction-Adventure
2007Castlevania The Dracula X Chronicles BoxCastlevania: The Dracula X ChroniclesPSPKonamiKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Compilation
2007beatmania IIDX 13 DistorteD Boxbeatmania IIDX 13: DistorteDPlayStation 2KonamiKonamiSpecial ThanksMusic
2008Castlevania Order of Ecclesia BoxCastlevania: Order of EcclesiaNintendo DSKonamiKonamiProducerPlatform-Adventure
2008Castlevania Judgment BoxCastlevania JudgmentWiiEightingKonamiProducerFighting
2008Scribblenauts BoxScribblenautsNintendo DS5th CellKonamiJapanese LocalizationPuzzle
Action
2009Contra ReBirth BoxContra ReBirthWiiM2 Co., Ltd.KonamiSpecial ThanksRun and Gun
2009Castlevania - The Adventure ReBirthCastlevania: The Adventure ReBirthWiiM2 Co., Ltd.KonamiProducerPlatformer
2009Castlevania The Arcade CabinetCastlevania: The ArcadeArcadeKonamiKonamiSpecial ThanksLight Gun Shooter
2009Castlevania Puzzle Encore of the Night BoxCastlevania Puzzle: Encore of the NightiOSKonamiKonamiSpecial ThanksPuzzle
2010Castlevania Harmony of Despair BoxCastlevania: Harmony of DespairXbox 360
PlayStation 3
KonamiKonamiProducerPlatform-Adventure
2011Otomedius Excellent BoxOtomedius ExcellentXbox 360KonamiKonamiProducerScrolling Shooter
2011Leedmees BoxLeedmeesXbox 360KonamiKonamiProducerPuzzle
2016NightCry BoxNightCryPS Vita
PC
Nude MakerPlayismSpecial SupportAdventure
2018La-Mulana 2 BoxLa-Mulana 2PCNigoroPlayismSpecial ThanksAction
2018Bloodstained Curse of the Moon BoxBloodstained: Curse of the MoonNintendo 3DS
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 4
PS Vita
Xbox One
PC
Inti CreatesInti CreatesProducer
Scenario Supervisor
Platform-Adventure
2019Bloodstained - Ritual of the Night BoxBloodstained: Ritual of the NightPlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
PC
ArtPlay
WayForward
Inti Creates
505 GamesProducer
Scenario Writer
Platform-Adventure
Metroidvania
2019Revolve8 Episodic Duelling BoxRevolve8: Episodic DuellingAndroid/iOSArtPlaySegaCharacter DesignReal-Time Strategy
2020Bloodstained Curse of the Moon Box 2Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
PC
Inti CreatesInti CreatesProducer
Scenario Supervisor
Platform-Adventure

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1997Castlevania - Symphony of the Night BoxCastlevania: Symphony of the NightPlayStation
Sega Saturn
Konami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiAssistant Director
Programmer
Scenario Writer
Platform-Adventure
Action RPG
Metroidvania
2000Elder GateElder GatePlayStationKonami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiDirectorRPG

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
2001Castlevania Chronicles BoxCastlevania ChroniclesPlayStationKonami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiProducerPlatformer
2002Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance BoxCastlevania: Harmony of DissonanceGame Boy AdvanceKonami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Platform-Adventure
Action RPG
Metroidvania
2003Castlevania - Aria of Sorrow BoxCastlevania: Aria of SorrowGame Boy AdvanceKonami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Platform-Adventure
Action RPG
Metroidvania
2003Castlevania Lament of Innocence BoxCastlevania: Lament of InnocencePlayStation 2Konami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Action-Adventure
Hack and Slash
2004Nano Breaker BoxNano BreakerPlayStation 2Konami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiProducerAction
Hack and Slash
2005Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow BoxCastlevania: Dawn of SorrowNintendo DSKonami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Platform-Adventure
Action RPG
Metroidvania
2005Castlevania Curse of Darkness BoxCastlevania: Curse of DarknessPlayStation 2
Xbox
KonamiKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Action-Adventure
Hack and Slash
2006Castlevania Portrait of Ruin BoxCastlevania: Portrait of RuinNintendo DSKonami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Platform-Adventure
Action RPG
Metroidvania
2007Castlevania The Dracula X Chronicles BoxCastlevania: The Dracula X ChroniclesPSPKonamiKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Compilation
2008Castlevania Order of Ecclesia BoxCastlevania: Order of EcclesiaNintendo DSKonamiKonamiProducerPlatform-Adventure
2008Castlevania Judgment BoxCastlevania JudgmentWiiEightingKonamiProducerFighting
2009Castlevania - The Adventure ReBirthCastlevania: The Adventure ReBirthWiiM2 Co., Ltd.KonamiProducerPlatformer
2010Castlevania Harmony of Despair BoxCastlevania: Harmony of DespairXbox 360
PlayStation 3
KonamiKonamiProducerPlatform-Adventure
2011Otomedius Excellent BoxOtomedius ExcellentXbox 360KonamiKonamiProducerScrolling Shooter
2011Leedmees BoxLeedmeesXbox 360KonamiKonamiProducerPuzzle
2018Bloodstained Curse of the Moon BoxBloodstained: Curse of the MoonNintendo 3DS
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 4
PS Vita
Xbox One
PC
Inti CreatesInti CreatesProducer
Scenario Supervisor
Platform-Adventure
2019Bloodstained - Ritual of the Night BoxBloodstained: Ritual of the NightPlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
PC
ArtPlay
WayForward
Inti Creates
505 GamesProducer
Scenario Writer
Platform-Adventure
Metroidvania
2020Bloodstained Curse of the Moon Box 2Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
PC
Inti CreatesInti CreatesProducer
Scenario Supervisor
Platform-Adventure

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1992Detana!! TwinBee BoxDetana!! TwinBeePC EngineKonamiKonamiProgrammerVertical Shooter
1992Gradius II BoxGradius IIPC Engine Super CD-ROM²KonamiKonamiProgrammerScrolling Shooter
1994Tokimeki Memorial BoxTokimeki MemorialPC Engine Super CD-ROM²KonamiKonamiScenario Writer
Programmer
Dating Simulation
1994International Superstar Soccer BoxInternational Superstar SoccerSuper Famicom
Super Nintendo
KonamiKonamiProgrammerSports
Soccer
1997Castlevania - Symphony of the Night BoxCastlevania: Symphony of the NightPlayStation
Sega Saturn
Konami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiAssistant Director
Programmer
Scenario Writer
Platform-Adventure
Action RPG
Metroidvania

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1993Castlevania - Rondo of Blood BoxCastlevania: Rondo of BloodPC Engine Super CD-ROM²KonamiKonamiSpecial ThanksPlatform-Adventure
2005The Sword of Etheria BoxThe Sword of EtheriaPlayStation 2Konami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiSpecial ThanksAction
RPG
2007Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Xbox Arcade BoxTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesXbox 360KonamiUbisoftSpecial ThanksPlatformer
Action
2007Castlevania Order of Shadows BoxCastlevania: Order of ShadowsWindows MobileKonami MobileKonamiSpecial ThanksAction-Adventure
2007beatmania IIDX 13 DistorteD Boxbeatmania IIDX 13: DistorteDPlayStation 2KonamiKonamiSpecial ThanksMusic
2009Contra ReBirth BoxContra ReBirthWiiM2 Co., Ltd.KonamiSpecial ThanksRun and Gun
2009Castlevania The Arcade CabinetCastlevania: The ArcadeArcadeKonamiKonamiSpecial ThanksLight Gun Shooter
2009Castlevania Puzzle Encore of the Night BoxCastlevania Puzzle: Encore of the NightiOSKonamiKonamiSpecial ThanksPuzzle
2018La-Mulana 2 BoxLa-Mulana 2PCNigoroPlayismSpecial ThanksAction

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1994Tokimeki Memorial BoxTokimeki MemorialPC Engine Super CD-ROM²KonamiKonamiScenario Writer
Programmer
Dating Simulation
1997Castlevania - Symphony of the Night BoxCastlevania: Symphony of the NightPlayStation
Sega Saturn
Konami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiAssistant Director
Programmer
Scenario Writer
Platform-Adventure
Action RPG
Metroidvania
2002Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance BoxCastlevania: Harmony of DissonanceGame Boy AdvanceKonami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Platform-Adventure
Action RPG
Metroidvania
2003Castlevania - Aria of Sorrow BoxCastlevania: Aria of SorrowGame Boy AdvanceKonami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Platform-Adventure
Action RPG
Metroidvania
2003Castlevania Lament of Innocence BoxCastlevania: Lament of InnocencePlayStation 2Konami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Action-Adventure
Hack and Slash
2005Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow BoxCastlevania: Dawn of SorrowNintendo DSKonami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Platform-Adventure
Action RPG
Metroidvania
2005Castlevania Curse of Darkness BoxCastlevania: Curse of DarknessPlayStation 2
Xbox
KonamiKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Action-Adventure
Hack and Slash
2006Castlevania Portrait of Ruin BoxCastlevania: Portrait of RuinNintendo DSKonami Computer Entertainment TokyoKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Platform-Adventure
Action RPG
Metroidvania
2007Castlevania The Dracula X Chronicles BoxCastlevania: The Dracula X ChroniclesPSPKonamiKonamiProducer
Scenario Writer
Compilation
2019Bloodstained - Ritual of the Night BoxBloodstained: Ritual of the NightPlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
PC
ArtPlay
WayForward
Inti Creates
505 GamesProducer
Scenario Writer
Platform-Adventure
Metroidvania