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NameTakashi Tezuka
BornNovember 17, 1960
Osaka, Japan
OccupationDesigner
Director
Producer
Writer
Known ForSuper Mario Bros.
Legend of Zelda
Star Fox
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
Years active1984-Present

Takashi Tezuka - Gameography

Takashi Tezuka is a Japanese video game producer and executive officer at Nintendo. A graduate of the Design Department of Osaka University of Arts, he joined the company in April 1984 and was involved with some of the most critically acclaimed Nintendo series, including Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. Tezuka is fond of fantasy novels such as J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and wrote the story and script for The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

Takashi Tezuka was the general manager of Nintendo R&D4 along with Shigeru Miyamoto in the mid 1980’s. As Miyamoto became a producer at Nintendo R&D4, Tezuka kept a director role on Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels and Super Mario Bros. 3. According to an interview with Nintendo Power, the qualities of Boo from Super Mario Bros. 3 were influenced by Takashi Tezuka’s wife.

Takashi Tezuka would lead the direction of some of the most popular and well received games on the Super Nintendo. Tezuka was the director for Super Mario World where he is attributed with the creation of such concepts as Yoshi. Tezuka was involved in the creation process of Yoshi, after Shigeru Miyamoto originally wanted Mario to ride a horse in Super Mario Bros. 3. The next installment in the Super Mario series, “Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island” would be one of his favorites and because of this, he stated in Nintendo Power that Yoshi is his favorite character.

Between development of Super Mario World and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, Tezuka directed The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Takashi Tezuka later became the general manager of all five of the Nintendo EAD studios along with Shigeru Miyamoto. He still plays a major role in the development of games, but he no longer directs them. His recent works include the Yoshi, Animal Crossing, Pikmin, New Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Maker series, among various others.

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Takashi Tezuka & Shigeru Miyamoto Interviews

Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary Special Interview ft. Shigeru Miyamoto & Takashi Tezuka
Mr. Miyamoto & Mr. Tezuka Spin the Wheel - Nintendo E3 2019
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DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1984Devil World BoxDevil WorldFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D1NintendoDesignerMaze
1985Super Mario Bros BoxSuper Mario Bros.Famicom
NES
Nintendo R&D4NintendoAssistant Director
Designer
Platformer
1986Super Mario Bros - The Lost Levels BoxSuper Mario Bros. 2: The Lost LevelsFamicom Disk SystemNintendo R&D4NintendoDirector
Designer
Platformer
1986The Legend of Zelda BoxThe Legend of ZeldaFamicom Disk System
NES
Nintendo R&D4NintendoDirector
Designer
Writer
Action-Adventure
1987Zelda II - The Adventures of Link BoxZelda II: The Adventure of LinkNES
Famicom
Nintendo R&D4NintendoWriterAction RPG
Platform
1988Super Mario Bros 3 BoxSuper Mario Bros. 3Famicom
NES
Nintendo R&D4NintendoDirector
Designer
Platformer
1990Super Mario World BoxSuper Mario WorldSuper Famicom
Super Nintendo
Nintendo EADNintendoDirectorPlatformer
1991The Legend of Zelda A Link To The Past BoxThe Legend of Zelda: A Link to the PastSuper Famicom
Super Nintendo
Nintendo EADNintendoDirectorAction-Adventure
1993The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningGame BoyNintendo EADNintendoDirectorAction-Adventure
1995Super Mario World 2 - Yoshi's Island BoxSuper Mario World 2: Yoshi’s IslandSNES
Super Famicom
Nintendo EADNintendoDirectorPlatform
1995BS Zelda no Densetsu Title ScreenBS The Legend of ZeldaSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo R&D2St. GIGAGame DesignerAction-Adventure
1996Super Mario 64 BoxSuper Mario 64Nintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoAssistant DirectorPlatformer
1997Star Fox 64 BoxStar Fox 64Nintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoSupervisorRail Shooter
Shoot 'em up
1997Yoshi's Story BoxYoshi's StoryNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoProducerPlatformer
1997BS Zelda no Densetsu Inishie no Sekiban BoxBS The Legend of Zelda: Inishie no SekibanSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo R&D2St. GIGASupervisorAction-Adventure
1998The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of TimeNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
1999Mario Golf BoxMario GolfNintendo 64Camelot Software PlanningNintendoSupervisorSports
2000The Legend of Zelda - Majora's Mask BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Majora's MaskNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2001Luigi's MansionLuigi's MansionGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
Survival Horror
2001Pikmin BoxPikminGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoProgress managerReal-Time Strategy
Puzzle
2001The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Ages BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Oracle of AgesGame Boy ColorCapcom
Flagship
NintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2001The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Seasons BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Oracle of SeasonsGame Boy ColorCapcom
Flagship
NintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2001Animal Crossing BoxAnimal CrossingGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoProducerLife Simulation
2002Super Mario Sunshine BoxSuper Mario SunshineGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoProducerPlatformer
Action Adventure
2002The Legend of Zelda - Wind Waker BoxThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind WakerGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2003The Legend of Zelda - Four Swords Adventures BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Four Swords AdventuresGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction Adventure
2003Mario Kart Double Dash BoxMario Kart: Double DashGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoProducerRacing
2004The Legend of Zelda The Minish Cap BoxThe Legend of Zelda: The Minish CapGame Boy AdvanceCapcom
Flagship
NintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2004Pikmin 2 BoxPikmin 2GameCubeNintendo EADNintendoProducerPuzzle
Real-Time Strategy
2004Paper Mario The Thousand-Year Door BoxPaper Mario: The Thousand-Year DoorGameCubeIntelligent SystemsNintendoSupervisorRPG
2005Yoshi Touch and Go BoxYoshi Touch & GoNintendo DSNintendo EAD Group No. 4NintendoProducerPlatformer
2005Animal Crossing Wild World BoxAnimal Crossing: Wild WorldNintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoProducerSocial Simulation
2006New Super Mario Bros BoxNew Super Mario Bros.Nintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoGeneral ProducerPlatformer
2006Yoshi's Island DS BoxYoshi's Island DSNintendo DSArtoonNintendoSenior producerPlatformer
2008Wii Music BoxWii MusicWiiNintendo EAD Group No. 2NintendoProducerMusic
2009New Super Mario Bros Wii BoxNew Super Mario Bros. WiiWiiNintendo EADNintendoProducerPlatformer
2010Super Mario Galaxy 2 BoxSuper Mario Galaxy 2WiiNintendo EAD TokyoNintendoProducerPlatformer
2011Super Mario 3D Land BoxSuper Mario 3D LandNintendo 3DSNintendo EAD TokyoNintendoGeneral producerPlatform
2012New Super Mario Bros 2 BoxNew Super Mario Bros. 2Nintendo 3DSNintendo EAD Group No. 4NintendoProducerPlatformer
2012New Super Mario Bros U BoxNew Super Mario Bros. UWii UNintendo EADNintendoProducerPlatformer
2012Animal Crossing New Leaf BoxAnimal Crossing: New LeafNintendo 3DSNintendo EADNintendoGeneral producerSocial Simulation
2013Flipnote Studio 3D BoxFlipnote Studio 3DNintendo 3DSNintendo EAD TokyoNintendoProducerAnimation
2014Yoshi's New Island BoxYoshi's New IslandNintendo 3DSArzestNintendoProducerPlatformer
2015Mario & Luigi Paper Jam BoxMario & Luigi: Paper JamNintendo 3DSAlphaDreamNintendoSupervisorRPG
2015Super Mario Maker BoxSuper Mario MakerWii U
Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo EADNintendoProducerLevel Editor
Platformer
2015The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask 3D BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3DNintendo 3DSGrezzo Co, Ltd.NintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2015The Legend of Zelda - Tri Force Heroes BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Tri Force HeroesNintendo 3DSNintendo EAD
Grezzo
NintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2015Yoshi's Woolly World BoxYoshi's Woolly WorldWii U
Nintendo 3DS
Good-FeelNintendoProducerPlatformer
2016Paper Mario Color Splash BoxPaper Mario: Color SplashWii UIntelligent SystemsNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
RPG
2016Super Mario RunSuper Mario RuniOS/AndroidNintendo EADNintendoDirectorAuto-Running
2017Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions BoxMario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's MinionsGame Boy AdvanceAlphaDreamNintendoSupervisorRPG
2017Breath of the Wild BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo Switch
Wii U
Nintendo EPDNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2017Arms BoxArmsNintendo SwitchNintendo EPDNintendoProduction managerFighting
2017Hey! Pikmin BoxHey! PikminNintendo 3DSArzestNintendoProducerAction
2018Mario & Luigi - Bowser's Inside Story and Bowser Jr's Journey BoxMario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s JourneyNintendo DS
Nintendo 3DS
AlphaDream
Arzest
NintendoSupervisorRPG
2019Super Mario Maker 2 BoxSuper Mario Maker 2Nintendo SwitchNintendo EPDNintendoProducerLevel Editor
Platformer
2019New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe BoxNew Super Mario Bros. U DeluxeWii U
Nintendo Switch
Nintendo EADNintendoProducerPlatformer
2019Yoshi's Crafted WorldNintendo SwitchGood-FeelNintendoProducerPlatformer
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DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1984Devil World BoxDevil WorldFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D1NintendoDesignerMaze
1985Super Mario Bros BoxSuper Mario Bros.Famicom
NES
Nintendo R&D4NintendoAssistant Director
Designer
Platformer
1986Super Mario Bros - The Lost Levels BoxSuper Mario Bros. 2: The Lost LevelsFamicom Disk SystemNintendo R&D4NintendoDirector
Designer
Platformer
1986The Legend of Zelda BoxThe Legend of ZeldaFamicom Disk System
NES
Nintendo R&D4NintendoDirector
Designer
Writer
Action-Adventure
1988Super Mario Bros 3 BoxSuper Mario Bros. 3Famicom
NES
Nintendo R&D4NintendoDirector
Designer
Platformer
1995BS Zelda no Densetsu Title ScreenBS The Legend of ZeldaSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo R&D2St. GIGAGame DesignerAction-Adventure

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1985Super Mario Bros BoxSuper Mario Bros.Famicom
NES
Nintendo R&D4NintendoAssistant Director
Designer
Platformer
1986Super Mario Bros - The Lost Levels BoxSuper Mario Bros. 2: The Lost LevelsFamicom Disk SystemNintendo R&D4NintendoDirector
Designer
Platformer
1986The Legend of Zelda BoxThe Legend of ZeldaFamicom Disk System
NES
Nintendo R&D4NintendoDirector
Designer
Writer
Action-Adventure
1988Super Mario Bros 3 BoxSuper Mario Bros. 3Famicom
NES
Nintendo R&D4NintendoDirector
Designer
Platformer
1990Super Mario World BoxSuper Mario WorldSuper Famicom
Super Nintendo
Nintendo EADNintendoDirectorPlatformer
1991The Legend of Zelda A Link To The Past BoxThe Legend of Zelda: A Link to the PastSuper Famicom
Super Nintendo
Nintendo EADNintendoDirectorAction-Adventure
1993The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningGame BoyNintendo EADNintendoDirectorAction-Adventure
1995Super Mario World 2 - Yoshi's Island BoxSuper Mario World 2: Yoshi’s IslandSNES
Super Famicom
Nintendo EADNintendoDirectorPlatform
1996Super Mario 64 BoxSuper Mario 64Nintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoAssistant DirectorPlatformer
2016Super Mario RunSuper Mario RuniOS/AndroidNintendo EADNintendoDirectorAuto-Running

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1997Yoshi's Story BoxYoshi's StoryNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoProducerPlatformer
2001Luigi's MansionLuigi's MansionGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
Survival Horror
2001Animal Crossing BoxAnimal CrossingGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoProducerLife Simulation
2002Super Mario Sunshine BoxSuper Mario SunshineGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoProducerPlatformer
Action Adventure
2002The Legend of Zelda - Wind Waker BoxThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind WakerGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2003Mario Kart Double Dash BoxMario Kart: Double DashGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoProducerRacing
2004Pikmin 2 BoxPikmin 2GameCubeNintendo EADNintendoProducerPuzzle
Real-Time Strategy
2005Yoshi Touch and Go BoxYoshi Touch & GoNintendo DSNintendo EAD Group No. 4NintendoProducerPlatformer
2005Animal Crossing Wild World BoxAnimal Crossing: Wild WorldNintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoProducerSocial Simulation
2006New Super Mario Bros BoxNew Super Mario Bros.Nintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoGeneral ProducerPlatformer
2006Yoshi's Island DS BoxYoshi's Island DSNintendo DSArtoonNintendoSenior producerPlatformer
2008Wii Music BoxWii MusicWiiNintendo EAD Group No. 2NintendoProducerMusic
2009New Super Mario Bros Wii BoxNew Super Mario Bros. WiiWiiNintendo EADNintendoProducerPlatformer
2010Super Mario Galaxy 2 BoxSuper Mario Galaxy 2WiiNintendo EAD TokyoNintendoProducerPlatformer
2011Super Mario 3D Land BoxSuper Mario 3D LandNintendo 3DSNintendo EAD TokyoNintendoGeneral producerPlatform
2012New Super Mario Bros 2 BoxNew Super Mario Bros. 2Nintendo 3DSNintendo EAD Group No. 4NintendoProducerPlatformer
2012New Super Mario Bros U BoxNew Super Mario Bros. UWii UNintendo EADNintendoProducerPlatformer
2012Animal Crossing New Leaf BoxAnimal Crossing: New LeafNintendo 3DSNintendo EADNintendoGeneral producerSocial Simulation
2013Flipnote Studio 3D BoxFlipnote Studio 3DNintendo 3DSNintendo EAD TokyoNintendoProducerAnimation
2014Yoshi's New Island BoxYoshi's New IslandNintendo 3DSArzestNintendoProducerPlatformer
2015Super Mario Maker BoxSuper Mario MakerWii U
Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo EADNintendoProducerLevel Editor
Platformer
2015Yoshi's Woolly World BoxYoshi's Woolly WorldWii U
Nintendo 3DS
Good-FeelNintendoProducerPlatformer
2017Hey! Pikmin BoxHey! PikminNintendo 3DSArzestNintendoProducerAction
2019Super Mario Maker 2 BoxSuper Mario Maker 2Nintendo SwitchNintendo EPDNintendoProducerLevel Editor
Platformer
2019New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe BoxNew Super Mario Bros. U DeluxeWii U
Nintendo Switch
Nintendo EADNintendoProducerPlatformer
2019Yoshi's Crafted WorldNintendo SwitchGood-FeelNintendoProducerPlatformer
Side-Scrolling

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1997Star Fox 64 BoxStar Fox 64Nintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoSupervisorRail Shooter
Shoot 'em up
1997BS Zelda no Densetsu Inishie no Sekiban BoxBS The Legend of Zelda: Inishie no SekibanSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo R&D2St. GIGASupervisorAction-Adventure
1998The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of TimeNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
1999Mario Golf BoxMario GolfNintendo 64Camelot Software PlanningNintendoSupervisorSports
2000The Legend of Zelda - Majora's Mask BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Majora's MaskNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2001The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Ages BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Oracle of AgesGame Boy ColorCapcom
Flagship
NintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2001The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Seasons BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Oracle of SeasonsGame Boy ColorCapcom
Flagship
NintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2003The Legend of Zelda - Four Swords Adventures BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Four Swords AdventuresGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction Adventure
2004The Legend of Zelda The Minish Cap BoxThe Legend of Zelda: The Minish CapGame Boy AdvanceCapcom
Flagship
NintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2004Paper Mario The Thousand-Year Door BoxPaper Mario: The Thousand-Year DoorGameCubeIntelligent SystemsNintendoSupervisorRPG
2015Mario & Luigi Paper Jam BoxMario & Luigi: Paper JamNintendo 3DSAlphaDreamNintendoSupervisorRPG
2015The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask 3D BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3DNintendo 3DSGrezzo Co, Ltd.NintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2015The Legend of Zelda - Tri Force Heroes BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Tri Force HeroesNintendo 3DSNintendo EAD
Grezzo
NintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2016Paper Mario Color Splash BoxPaper Mario: Color SplashWii UIntelligent SystemsNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
RPG
2017Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions BoxMario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's MinionsGame Boy AdvanceAlphaDreamNintendoSupervisorRPG
2017Breath of the Wild BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo Switch
Wii U
Nintendo EPDNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2018Mario & Luigi - Bowser's Inside Story and Bowser Jr's Journey BoxMario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s JourneyNintendo DS
Nintendo 3DS
AlphaDream
Arzest
NintendoSupervisorRPG

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1986The Legend of Zelda BoxThe Legend of ZeldaFamicom Disk System
NES
Nintendo R&D4NintendoDirector
Designer
Writer
Action-Adventure
1987Zelda II - The Adventures of Link BoxZelda II: The Adventure of LinkNES
Famicom
Nintendo R&D4NintendoWriterAction RPG
Platform