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Yoshiaki Koizumi

NameYoshiaki Koizumi
BornApril 29, 1968
Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture
Japan
OccupationExecutive Officer
Director
Producer
Known ForSuper Mario Series
Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Years active1991-Present

Yoshiaki Koizumi - Gameography

Yoshiaki Koizumi is a Japanese video game designer, director and producer currently serving as an Executive Officer at Nintendo. Koizumi began his career in April 1991 when he was assigned to work on The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past’s manual where he conceived of the game’s backstory, the creation of Hyrule and the story of the three goddesses of Power, Wisdom and Courage.

Koizumi created the story for “Link’s Awakening” which led him to get involved in other areas of game creation other than just the creation of manuals and scripts. During the creation of the game he assisted with the creation of event design for the interaction with the villagers and designed the bosses’ behavioral patterns. This gave Koizumi a broader background in game creation leading to future opportunities within Nintendo.

Assigned as an assistant director along with Takashi Tezuka, Koizumi created the first 3D model of Mario for Super Mario 64 and started working very closely with Shigeru Miyamoto on gameplay elements such as character movement and camera positioning. Three dimensional games were virtually unexplored at the time and the team had to come up with solutions for many new elements that did not exist in two dimensional games. Many of the gameplay mechanics they created set the standard for 3D games and were utilized across the industry for decades.

The confidence that Miyamoto and Nintendo had in Koizumi after his contribution in the creation of Super Mario 64 landed him a Director position in the first 3D Legend of Zelda project. He was assigned as the 3D System Director for “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” and as Game System Director along side Eiji Aonuma for “The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask”.

After the completion of “Majora’s Mask” Nintendo decided to entrust Eiji Aonuma to lead the direction of “The Legend of Zelda” series and Koizumi the “Super Mario” series. Koizumi went on to direct Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy before being promoted to the series producer. Continuing as the Producer of the “Super Mario” series, Koizumi would oversee the creation of Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Mario 3D Land, Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario Odyssey. While overseeing the direction of the “Super Mario” series, Koizumi continued to advance within Nintendo. In 2013, he was appointed as a Director of 1-UP Studio, a Nintendo subsidiary. In September 2015, he became Deputy General Manager of the newly formed Entertainment Planning & Development (EPD) Division when Nintendo merged their Entertainment Analysis & Development (EAD) and Software Planning & Development (SPD) divisions.

Also serving as the General Producer for the Nintendo Switch, Koizumi was part of the live streamed Nintendo Switch Presentation where he struck a chord with the Nintendo fanbase. Since the live stream presentation, Koizumi has succeeded Satoru Iwata as the international host of the Nintendo Direct video presentations and started to enter into the limelight with video game fans.

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DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1991The Legend of Zelda A Link To The Past BoxThe Legend of Zelda: A Link to the PastSuper Nintendo
Super Famicom
Nintendo EADNintendoPrinted Art Work (Manual)Action-Adventure
1992Hideki KonnoSuper Mario KartSuper Nintendo
Super Famicom
Nintendo EADNintendoIllustratorKart Racing
1993The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningGame BoyNintendo EADNintendoScript WriterAction-Adventure
1995Super Mario World 2 - Yoshi's Island BoxSuper Mario World 2: Yoshi’s IslandSuper Nintendo
Super Famicom
Nintendo EADNintendoCG DesignerPlatformer
1996Super Mario 64 BoxSuper Mario 64Nintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoAssistant Director
3D Animator
Platformer
1998The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of TimeNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendo3D System Director
Game Design
Character Design
Action-Adventure
1998The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening Box DXThe Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DXGame Boy ColorNintendo EADNintendoScript WriterAction-Adventure
1999Super Smash Bros BoxSuper Smash Bros.Nintendo 64HAL LaboratoryNintendoOriginal Game Staff (Mario, Luigi, Link, Yoshi Source Model)Fighting
2000The Legend of Zelda - Majora's Mask BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Majora's MaskNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoGame System Director
Game Design
Character Design
Action-Adventure
2002Super Mario Sunshine BoxSuper Mario SunshineGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoDirectorPlatformer
2002The Legend of Zelda - Wind Waker BoxThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind WakerGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoAssistant DirectorAction-Adventure
2004Donkey Kong Jungle Beat BoxDonkey Kong: Jungle BeatGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoDirectorPlatformer
2007Super Mario Galaxy BoxSuper Mario GalaxyWiiNintendo EADNintendoDirector
Game Design
Platformer
2008Super Smash Bros Brawl BoxSuper Smash Bros. BrawlWiiGame Arts
HAL Laboratory
Sora Ltd
NintendoSpecial ThanksFighting
2008New Play Control! Donkey Kong - Jungle Beat BoxNew Play Control! Donkey Kong: Jungle BeatWiiNintendo EADNintendoProducerPlatformer
2008Flipnote Studio BoxFlipnote StudioNintendo DsiNintendo EADNintendoProducerApplication
2010Super Mario Galaxy 2 BoxSuper Mario Galaxy 2WiiNintendo EADNintendoProducerPlatformer
2010Donkey Kong Country Returns BoxDonkey Kong Country ReturnsWiiRetro StudiosNintendoSpecial ThanksPlatformer
2011Super Mario 3D Land BoxSuper Mario 3D LandNintendo 3DSNintendo EAD
1-UP Studio
NintendoProducerPlatformer
2011The Legend of Zelda - Skyward Sword BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Skyward SwordWiiNintendo EADNintendoSpecial ThanksAction-Adventure
2013Super Mario 3D World BoxSuper Mario 3D WorldWii UNintendo EAD
1-UP Studio
NintendoProducerPlatformer
2013Flipnote Studio 3D BoxFlipnote Studio 3DNintendo 3DSNintendo EAD
1-UP Studio
NintendoProducerApplication
2013NES Remix BoxNES RemixWii UNintendo EAD Tokyo
indieszero
NintendoProducerAction
Arcade
2014NES Remix 2 BoxNES Remix 2Wii UNintendo EAD Tokyo
indieszero
NintendoProducerAction
Arcade
2014Ultimate NES Remix BoxUltimate NES RemixNintendo 3DSNintendo EAD Tokyo
indieszero
NintendoProducerAction
Arcade
2014NES Remix Pack BoxNES Remix PackWii UNintendo EAD Tokyo
indieszero
NintendoProducerCompilation
2014Super Smash Bros for Wii U BoxSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii UNintendo 3DS
Wii U
Bandai Namco
Sora Ltd
NintendoSupervisor (Original Games)Fighting
2014Captain Toad Treasure Tracker BoxCaptain Toad: Treasure TrackerWii U
Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo Switch
Nintendo EAD
1-UP Studio
NintendoSpecial ThanksAction
Puzzle
2015The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask 3D BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3DNintendo 3DSGrezzoNintendoSupervisorAction-Adventure
2017Nintendo Switch ConsoleNintendo SwitchNintendo SwitchNintendo PTDNintendoGeneral ProducerHardware
2017Super Mario Odyssey BoxSuper Mario OdysseyNintendo SwitchNintendo EPD
1-UP Studio
NintendoProducerPlatformer
Action-Adventure
2018Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers BoxDillon's Dead-Heat BreakersNintendo 3DSVanpoolNintendoSpecial ThanksAction
Tower Defense
2018Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze Switch BoxDonkey Kong Country: Tropical FreezeNintendo SwitchRetro Studios
Monster Games
NintendoSpecial ThanksPlatformer
2018Luigi's Mansion 3DS BoxLuigi's MansionNintendo 3DSGrezzoNintendoSpecial ThanksAction-Adventure
2018Super Smash Bros. UltimateSuper Smash Bros. UltimateNintendo SwitchBandai Namco
Sora Ltd
NintendoSpecial ThanksFighting
2019Luigi's Mansion 3 BoxLuigi's Mansion 3Nintendo SwitchNext Level GamesNintendoSpecial ThanksAction-Adventure
2019The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningNintendo SwitchGrezzoNintendoSpecial ThanksAction-Adventure
2019Ring Fit Adventure BoxRing Fit AdventureNintendo SwitchNintendo EPD
1-UP Studio
NintendoSpecial ThanksFitness
RPG
2019The Stretchers BoxThe StretchersNintendo SwitchTarsier StudiosNintendoProducerAction
Puzzle
2019Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch BoxDr. Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo SwitchNintendo SwitchNintendo EPD
indieszero
NintendoSpecial ThanksEducational

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1995Super Mario World 2 - Yoshi's Island BoxSuper Mario World 2: Yoshi’s IslandSuper Nintendo
Super Famicom
Nintendo EADNintendoCG DesignerPlatformer
1998The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of TimeNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendo3D System Director
Game Design
Character Design
Action-Adventure
2000The Legend of Zelda - Majora's Mask BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Majora's MaskNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoGame System Director
Game Design
Character Design
Action-Adventure
2007Super Mario Galaxy BoxSuper Mario GalaxyWiiNintendo EADNintendoDirector
Game Design
Platformer

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1996Super Mario 64 BoxSuper Mario 64Nintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoAssistant Director
3D Animator
Platformer
1998The Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of TimeNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendo3D System Director
Game Design
Character Design
Action-Adventure
2000The Legend of Zelda - Majora's Mask BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Majora's MaskNintendo 64Nintendo EADNintendoGame System Director
Game Design
Character Design
Action-Adventure
2002Super Mario Sunshine BoxSuper Mario SunshineGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoDirectorPlatformer
2002The Legend of Zelda - Wind Waker BoxThe Legend of Zelda: The Wind WakerGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoAssistant DirectorAction-Adventure
2004Donkey Kong Jungle Beat BoxDonkey Kong: Jungle BeatGameCubeNintendo EADNintendoDirectorPlatformer
2007Super Mario Galaxy BoxSuper Mario GalaxyWiiNintendo EADNintendoDirector
Game Design
Platformer

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
2008New Play Control! Donkey Kong - Jungle Beat BoxNew Play Control! Donkey Kong: Jungle BeatWiiNintendo EADNintendoProducerPlatformer
2008Flipnote Studio BoxFlipnote StudioNintendo DsiNintendo EADNintendoProducerApplication
2010Super Mario Galaxy 2 BoxSuper Mario Galaxy 2WiiNintendo EADNintendoProducerPlatformer
2011Super Mario 3D Land BoxSuper Mario 3D LandNintendo 3DSNintendo EAD
1-UP Studio
NintendoProducerPlatformer
2013Super Mario 3D World BoxSuper Mario 3D WorldWii UNintendo EAD
1-UP Studio
NintendoProducerPlatformer
2013Flipnote Studio 3D BoxFlipnote Studio 3DNintendo 3DSNintendo EAD
1-UP Studio
NintendoProducerApplication
2013NES Remix BoxNES RemixWii UNintendo EAD Tokyo
indieszero
NintendoProducerAction
Arcade
2014NES Remix 2 BoxNES Remix 2Wii UNintendo EAD Tokyo
indieszero
NintendoProducerAction
Arcade
2014Ultimate NES Remix BoxUltimate NES RemixNintendo 3DSNintendo EAD Tokyo
indieszero
NintendoProducerAction
Arcade
2014NES Remix Pack BoxNES Remix PackWii UNintendo EAD Tokyo
indieszero
NintendoProducerCompilation
2017Nintendo Switch ConsoleNintendo SwitchNintendo SwitchNintendo PTDNintendoGeneral ProducerHardware
2017Super Mario Odyssey BoxSuper Mario OdysseyNintendo SwitchNintendo EPD
1-UP Studio
NintendoProducerPlatformer
Action-Adventure
2019The Stretchers BoxThe StretchersNintendo SwitchTarsier StudiosNintendoProducerAction
Puzzle

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
2008Super Smash Bros Brawl BoxSuper Smash Bros. BrawlWiiGame Arts
HAL Laboratory
Sora Ltd
NintendoSpecial ThanksFighting
2010Donkey Kong Country Returns BoxDonkey Kong Country ReturnsWiiRetro StudiosNintendoSpecial ThanksPlatformer
2011The Legend of Zelda - Skyward Sword BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Skyward SwordWiiNintendo EADNintendoSpecial ThanksAction-Adventure
2014Captain Toad Treasure Tracker BoxCaptain Toad: Treasure TrackerWii U
Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo Switch
Nintendo EAD
1-UP Studio
NintendoSpecial ThanksAction
Puzzle
2018Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers BoxDillon's Dead-Heat BreakersNintendo 3DSVanpoolNintendoSpecial ThanksAction
Tower Defense
2018Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze Switch BoxDonkey Kong Country: Tropical FreezeNintendo SwitchRetro Studios
Monster Games
NintendoSpecial ThanksPlatformer
2018Luigi's Mansion 3DS BoxLuigi's MansionNintendo 3DSGrezzoNintendoSpecial ThanksAction-Adventure
2018Super Smash Bros. UltimateSuper Smash Bros. UltimateNintendo SwitchBandai Namco
Sora Ltd
NintendoSpecial ThanksFighting
2019Luigi's Mansion 3 BoxLuigi's Mansion 3Nintendo SwitchNext Level GamesNintendoSpecial ThanksAction-Adventure
2019The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningNintendo SwitchGrezzoNintendoSpecial ThanksAction-Adventure
2019Ring Fit Adventure BoxRing Fit AdventureNintendo SwitchNintendo EPD
1-UP Studio
NintendoSpecial ThanksFitness
RPG
2019Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch BoxDr. Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo SwitchNintendo SwitchNintendo EPD
indieszero
NintendoSpecial ThanksEducational

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1993The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningGame BoyNintendo EADNintendoScript WriterAction-Adventure
1998The Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening Box DXThe Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DXGame Boy ColorNintendo EADNintendoScript WriterAction-Adventure