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Toshihiko Nakago

NameToshihiko Nakago
Born1957
Kyoto, Japan
OccupationDesigner
Director
Programmer
Known ForDonkey Kong
Super Mario Bros.
The Legend of Zelda
Years active1981-Present

Toshihiko Nakago - Gameography

Toshihiko Nakago is the President of SRD (Systems Research and Development). SRD is a software programming company that was established in 1979 and is headed by Toshihiko Nakago. SRD is a Nintendo partner that programs various Nintendo developed titles. SRD has no capital relationship with Nintendo however has very strong ties to Nintendo, so much so that the company’s games division is actually located within Nintendo’s main office in Kyoto.

SRD has provided programming support for nearly every Nintendo EAD developed title since the mid 1980’s. Nakago has worked with Nintendo since the days of the Famicom and has worked on such titles as Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. Currently he serves mostly as a supervisor and advisor for various games on the The Legend of Zelda, New Super Mario Bros. and Wii Fit franchises which are programmed by SRD.

Satoru Iwata, former president of Nintendo, often referred to Toshihiko Nakago, Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka as a dream team. They have worked together for more than 30 years, with most of their video games becoming huge successes. As Iwata explained, they are a “Golden Triangle”.

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  • Director
  • Programmer
  • Supervisor
  • Special Thanks
  • Technical Support

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1981Donkey Kong Arcade CabinetDonkey KongArcadeNintendo R&D1NintendoProgrammerPlatformer
1982Donkey Kong Jr Arcade CabinetDonkey Kong Jr.ArcadeNintendo R&D1NintendoProgrammerPlatformer
1983Donkey Kong Jr Math BoxDonkey Kong Jr. MathFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D2NintendoProgrammerEducational
Platformer
1983MahjongFamicomNintendo R&D1NintendoProgrammerBoard Game
1984ExcitebikeExcitebikeFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D1NintendoProgrammerRacing
1984Vs. Balloon FightArcadeNintendo R&D1NintendoProgrammerPlatformer
1985Ice Climber BoxIce ClimberFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D1NintendoProgrammerPlatformer
1985Kung-Fu BoxKung-FuFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D1NintendoProgrammerBeat 'em up
1985Super Mario Bros BoxSuper Mario Bros.Famicom
NES
Nintendo R&D4NintendoProgrammerPlatformer
1986Super Mario Bros - The Lost Levels BoxSuper Mario Bros. 2: The Lost LevelsFamicom Disk SystemNintendo R&D4NintendoProgrammerPlatformer
1986The Legend of Zelda BoxThe Legend of ZeldaFamicom Disk System
NES
Nintendo R&D4NintendoProgrammerAction-Adventure
1987Doki Doki Panic BoxYume Kojo: Doki Doki PanicFamicomNintendo R&D4NintendoProgrammerPlatformer
1987Zelda II - The Adventures of Link BoxZelda II: The Adventure of LinkFamicom Disk System
NES
Nintendo R&D4NintendoProgrammerAction RPG
Platform
1988Super Mario Bros 2 BoxSuper Mario Bros. 2Famicom
NES
Nintendo R&D4NintendoProgrammerPlatformer
1988Super Mario Bros 3 BoxSuper Mario Bros. 3Famicom
NES
Nintendo R&D4NintendoProgrammerPlatformer
1990Super Mario World BoxSuper Mario WorldSuper Famicom
Super Nintendo
Nintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorPlatformer
1991The Legend of Zelda A Link To The Past BoxThe Legend of Zelda: A Link to the PastSuper Famicom
Super Nintendo
Nintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorAction-Adventure
1993Super Mario All-Stars BoxSuper Mario All-StarsSuper Famicom
Super Nintendo
Nintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorPlatformer
1993The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningGame BoyNintendo EADNintendoSpecial ThanksAction-Adventure
1995BS Zelda no Densetsu Title ScreenBS Zelda no DensetsuSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo R&D2St. GIGASpecial ThanksAction-Adventure
1995Super Mario World 2 - Yoshi's Island BoxSuper Mario World 2: Yoshi’s IslandSNES
Super Famicom
Nintendo EADNintendoDirectorPlatform
1996BS F-Zero Grand Prix Title ScreenBS F-Zero Grand PrixSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo
St. GIGA
NintendoSpecial ThanksRacing
1996BS Marvelous: Camp ArnoldSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo R&D2
St. GIGA
NintendoTechnical SupportAction RPG
1996Marvelous - Mōhitotsu no Takarajima BoxMarvelous: Mōhitotsu no TakarajimaSuper FamicomNintendo R&D2NintendoTechnical SupportAction RPG
1996BS Marvelous Time Athletic BoxBS Marvelous: Time AthleticSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo R&D2NintendoTechnical SupportAction RPG
1996BS Super Mario USA Power ChallengeBS Super Mario USA Power ChallengeSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo EAD
St. GIGA
NintendoProgram DirectorPlatformer
1997Excitebike Mario Stadium Title ScreenExcitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle StadiumSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo EAD
St. GIGA
NintendoTechnical SupportRacing
1997Star Fox 64 BoxStar Fox 64Nintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoSupervisorRail Shooter
Shoot 'em up
1997Yoshi's Story BoxYoshi's StoryNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorPlatformer
1998The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of TimeNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
1999Super Mario Bros Deluxe BoxSuper Mario Bros. DeluxeGame Boy ColorNintendo R&D2NintendoSupervisorPlatformer
2000Kirby Tilt n Tumle BoxKirby Tilt 'n' TumbleGame Boy ColorHAL LaboratoryNintendoSupervisorAction
Puzzle
2000The Legend of Zelda - Majora's Mask BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Majora's MaskNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorAction-Adventure
2001Animal Crossing BoxAnimal CrossingGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorLife Simulation
2001Super Mario Advance BoxSuper Mario AdvanceGame Boy AdvanceNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorPlatformer
2001Super Mario Advance 2 BoxSuper Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2Game Boy AdvanceNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorPlatformer
2002The Legend of Zelda - Wind Waker BoxThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind WakerGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2002Super Mario Advance 3 BoxYoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3Game Boy AdvanceNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorPlatformer
2003Animal Crossing e BoxAnimal Crossing e+GameCubeNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorLife Simulation
2003Super Mario Advance 4 BoxSuper Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3Game Boy AdvanceNintendo R&D2NintendoSupervisorPlatformer
2003The Legend of Zelda Collector's EditionThe Legend of Zelda: Collector's EditionGameCubeNintendoNintendoCoordinationAction-Adventure
2004Super Mario 64 DS BoxSuper Mario 64 DSNintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorPlatformer
2004The Legend of Zelda - Four Swords Adventures BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Four Swords AdventuresGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2004Navi TrackerThe Legend of Zelda: Navi TrackersGameCubeNintendoNintendoSupervisorPuzzle
2005Animal Crossing Wild World BoxAnimal Crossing: Wild WorldNintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorSocial Simulation
2006New Super Mario Bros BoxNew Super Mario Bros.Nintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorPlatformer
2006The Legend of Zelda - Twilight Princess BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessGameCube
Wii
Nintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2007Link's Crossbow Training BoxLink's Crossbow TrainingWiiNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorShooter
2007Practise EnglishNintendo DSPlatoNintendoProgram DirectorEducational
2007The Legend of Zelda - Phantom Hourglass BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Phantom HourglassNintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2007Wii Fit BoxWii FitWiiNintendo EAD Group No. 5NintendoSpecial ThanksExercise
2008Jam with the Band BoxJam With The BandNintendo DSNintendo SDDNintendoProgram ManagementMusic
2009New Super Mario Bros Wii BoxNew Super Mario Bros. WiiWiiNintendo EADNintendoMap & Level Design DirectorPlatformer
2009Photo Dojo BoxPhoto DojoNintendo DsiNintendoNintendoProgram ManagementFighting
2009The Legend of Zelda - Spirit Tracks BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Spirit TracksNintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2009Wii Fit Plus BoxWii Fit PlusWiiNintendo EAD Group No. 5NintendoSpecial ThanksExercise
2011The Legend of Zelda - Skyward Sword BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Skyward SwordWiiNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2012New Super Mario Bros 2 BoxNew Super Mario Bros. 2Nintendo 3DSNintendo EAD Group No. 4NintendoLevel Design AdviserPlatformer
2012New Super Mario Bros U BoxNew Super Mario Bros. UWii UNintendo EADNintendoLevel Design AdviserPlatformer
2013New Super Luigi U BoxNew Super Luigi UWii UNintendo EADNintendoLevel Design AdviserPlatformer
2013The Legend of Zelda A Link Between WorldsThe Legend of Zelda: A Link Between WorldsNintendo 3DSNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2013The Legend of Zelda - Wind Waker Box HD BoxThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HDWii UNintendo EADNintendoProgram ManagementAction-Adventure
2015The Legend of Zelda - Tri Force Heroes BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Tri Force HeroesNintendo 3DSNintendo EAD
Grezzo
NintendoSpecial ThanksAction-Adventure
2016Star Fox Zero BoxStar Fox ZeroWii UNintendo EPD
PlatinumGames
NintendoSpecial ThanksScrolling Shooter
2017Breath of the Wild BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo Switch
Wii U
Nintendo EPDNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2019Super Mario Maker 2 BoxSuper Mario Maker 2Nintendo SwitchNintendo EPDNintendoSpecial AdviserLevel Editor
Platformer
2019Ring Fit Adventure BoxRing Fit AdventureNintendo SwitchNintendo EPDNintendoSpecial AdviserFitness
RPG
2020Animal Crossing - New Horizons BoxAnimal Crossing: New HorizonsNintendo SwitchNintendo EPDNintendoAssociate ProducerLife Simulation

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
2009New Super Mario Bros Wii BoxNew Super Mario Bros. WiiWiiNintendo EADNintendoMap & Level Design DirectorPlatformer
2012New Super Mario Bros 2 BoxNew Super Mario Bros. 2Nintendo 3DSNintendo EAD Group No. 4NintendoLevel Design AdviserPlatformer
2012New Super Mario Bros U BoxNew Super Mario Bros. UWii UNintendo EADNintendoLevel Design AdviserPlatformer
2013New Super Luigi U BoxNew Super Luigi UWii UNintendo EADNintendoLevel Design AdviserPlatformer

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1990Super Mario World BoxSuper Mario WorldSuper Famicom
Super Nintendo
Nintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorPlatformer
1991The Legend of Zelda A Link To The Past BoxThe Legend of Zelda: A Link to the PastSuper Famicom
Super Nintendo
Nintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorAction-Adventure
1993Super Mario All-Stars BoxSuper Mario All-StarsSuper Famicom
Super Nintendo
Nintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorPlatformer
1995Super Mario World 2 - Yoshi's Island BoxSuper Mario World 2: Yoshi’s IslandSNES
Super Famicom
Nintendo EADNintendoDirectorPlatform
1996BS Super Mario USA Power ChallengeBS Super Mario USA Power ChallengeSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo EAD
St. GIGA
NintendoProgram DirectorPlatformer
1997Yoshi's Story BoxYoshi's StoryNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorPlatformer
2000The Legend of Zelda - Majora's Mask BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Majora's MaskNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorAction-Adventure
2004Super Mario 64 DS BoxSuper Mario 64 DSNintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorPlatformer
2006New Super Mario Bros BoxNew Super Mario Bros.Nintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorPlatformer
2007Practise EnglishNintendo DSPlatoNintendoProgram DirectorEducational
2009New Super Mario Bros Wii BoxNew Super Mario Bros. WiiWiiNintendo EADNintendoMap & Level Design DirectorPlatformer

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1981Donkey Kong Arcade CabinetDonkey KongArcadeNintendo R&D1NintendoProgrammerPlatformer
1982Donkey Kong Jr Arcade CabinetDonkey Kong Jr.ArcadeNintendo R&D1NintendoProgrammerPlatformer
1983Donkey Kong Jr Math BoxDonkey Kong Jr. MathFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D2NintendoProgrammerEducational
Platformer
1983MahjongFamicomNintendo R&D1NintendoProgrammerBoard Game
1984ExcitebikeExcitebikeFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D1NintendoProgrammerRacing
1984Vs. Balloon FightArcadeNintendo R&D1NintendoProgrammerPlatformer
1985Ice Climber BoxIce ClimberFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D1NintendoProgrammerPlatformer
1985Kung-Fu BoxKung-FuFamicom
NES
Nintendo R&D1NintendoProgrammerBeat 'em up
1985Super Mario Bros BoxSuper Mario Bros.Famicom
NES
Nintendo R&D4NintendoProgrammerPlatformer
1986Super Mario Bros - The Lost Levels BoxSuper Mario Bros. 2: The Lost LevelsFamicom Disk SystemNintendo R&D4NintendoProgrammerPlatformer
1986The Legend of Zelda BoxThe Legend of ZeldaFamicom Disk System
NES
Nintendo R&D4NintendoProgrammerAction-Adventure
1987Doki Doki Panic BoxYume Kojo: Doki Doki PanicFamicomNintendo R&D4NintendoProgrammerPlatformer
1987Zelda II - The Adventures of Link BoxZelda II: The Adventure of LinkFamicom Disk System
NES
Nintendo R&D4NintendoProgrammerAction RPG
Platform
1988Super Mario Bros 2 BoxSuper Mario Bros. 2Famicom
NES
Nintendo R&D4NintendoProgrammerPlatformer
1988Super Mario Bros 3 BoxSuper Mario Bros. 3Famicom
NES
Nintendo R&D4NintendoProgrammerPlatformer
1990Super Mario World BoxSuper Mario WorldSuper Famicom
Super Nintendo
Nintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorPlatformer
1991The Legend of Zelda A Link To The Past BoxThe Legend of Zelda: A Link to the PastSuper Famicom
Super Nintendo
Nintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorAction-Adventure
1993Super Mario All-Stars BoxSuper Mario All-StarsSuper Famicom
Super Nintendo
Nintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorPlatformer
1996BS Super Mario USA Power ChallengeBS Super Mario USA Power ChallengeSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo EAD
St. GIGA
NintendoProgram DirectorPlatformer
1997Yoshi's Story BoxYoshi's StoryNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorPlatformer
2000The Legend of Zelda - Majora's Mask BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Majora's MaskNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorAction-Adventure
2004Super Mario 64 DS BoxSuper Mario 64 DSNintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorPlatformer
2006New Super Mario Bros BoxNew Super Mario Bros.Nintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoProgram DirectorPlatformer
2007Practise EnglishNintendo DSPlatoNintendoProgram DirectorEducational
2008Jam with the Band BoxJam With The BandNintendo DSNintendo SDDNintendoProgram ManagementMusic
2009Photo Dojo BoxPhoto DojoNintendo DsiNintendoNintendoProgram ManagementFighting
2013The Legend of Zelda - Wind Waker Box HD BoxThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HDWii UNintendo EADNintendoProgram ManagementAction-Adventure

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1997Star Fox 64 BoxStar Fox 64Nintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoSupervisorRail Shooter
Shoot 'em up
1998The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of TimeNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
1999Super Mario Bros Deluxe BoxSuper Mario Bros. DeluxeGame Boy ColorNintendo R&D2NintendoSupervisorPlatformer
2000Kirby Tilt n Tumle BoxKirby Tilt 'n' TumbleGame Boy ColorHAL LaboratoryNintendoSupervisorAction
Puzzle
2001Animal Crossing BoxAnimal CrossingGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorLife Simulation
2001Super Mario Advance BoxSuper Mario AdvanceGame Boy AdvanceNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorPlatformer
2001Super Mario Advance 2 BoxSuper Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2Game Boy AdvanceNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorPlatformer
2002The Legend of Zelda - Wind Waker BoxThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind WakerGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2002Super Mario Advance 3 BoxYoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3Game Boy AdvanceNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorPlatformer
2003Animal Crossing e BoxAnimal Crossing e+GameCubeNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorLife Simulation
2003Super Mario Advance 4 BoxSuper Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3Game Boy AdvanceNintendo R&D2NintendoSupervisorPlatformer
2004The Legend of Zelda - Four Swords Adventures BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Four Swords AdventuresGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2004Navi TrackerThe Legend of Zelda: Navi TrackersGameCubeNintendoNintendoSupervisorPuzzle
2005Animal Crossing Wild World BoxAnimal Crossing: Wild WorldNintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorSocial Simulation
2006The Legend of Zelda - Twilight Princess BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessGameCube
Wii
Nintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2007Link's Crossbow Training BoxLink's Crossbow TrainingWiiNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorShooter
2007The Legend of Zelda - Phantom Hourglass BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Phantom HourglassNintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2009The Legend of Zelda - Spirit Tracks BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Spirit TracksNintendo DSNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2011The Legend of Zelda - Skyward Sword BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Skyward SwordWiiNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2013The Legend of Zelda A Link Between WorldsThe Legend of Zelda: A Link Between WorldsNintendo 3DSNintendo EADNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2017Breath of the Wild BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo Switch
Wii U
Nintendo EPDNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1993The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningGame BoyNintendo EADNintendoSpecial ThanksAction-Adventure
1995BS Zelda no Densetsu Title ScreenBS Zelda no DensetsuSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo R&D2St. GIGASpecial ThanksAction-Adventure
1996BS F-Zero Grand Prix Title ScreenBS F-Zero Grand PrixSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo
St. GIGA
NintendoSpecial ThanksRacing
2007Wii Fit BoxWii FitWiiNintendo EAD Group No. 5NintendoSpecial ThanksExercise
2009Wii Fit Plus BoxWii Fit PlusWiiNintendo EAD Group No. 5NintendoSpecial ThanksExercise
2015The Legend of Zelda - Tri Force Heroes BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Tri Force HeroesNintendo 3DSNintendo EAD
Grezzo
NintendoSpecial ThanksAction-Adventure
2016Star Fox Zero BoxStar Fox ZeroWii UNintendo EPD
PlatinumGames
NintendoSpecial ThanksScrolling Shooter
2019Super Mario Maker 2 BoxSuper Mario Maker 2Nintendo SwitchNintendo EPDNintendoSpecial AdviserLevel Editor
Platformer
2019Ring Fit Adventure BoxRing Fit AdventureNintendo SwitchNintendo EPDNintendoSpecial AdviserFitness
RPG

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1996BS Marvelous: Camp ArnoldSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo R&D2
St. GIGA
NintendoTechnical SupportAction RPG
1996Marvelous - Mōhitotsu no Takarajima BoxMarvelous: Mōhitotsu no TakarajimaSuper FamicomNintendo R&D2NintendoTechnical SupportAction RPG
1996BS Marvelous Time Athletic BoxBS Marvelous: Time AthleticSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo R&D2NintendoTechnical SupportAction RPG
1997Excitebike Mario Stadium Title ScreenExcitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle StadiumSuper Famicom
Satellaview
Nintendo EAD
St. GIGA
NintendoTechnical SupportRacing