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Yoshio Sakamoto
NameYoshio Sakamoto
BornJuly 23, 1959
Nara Prefecture
Japan
OccupationDesigner
Director
Producer
Known ForMetroid series
WarioWare
Rhythm Heaven
Years active1982-Present

Yoshio Sakamoto - Gameography

Yoshio Sakamoto is a Japanese video game designer, director and producer employed at Nintendo.  Sakamoto joined Nintendo in 1982 as an artist and was assigned to Nintendo’s Research and Development 1 division where he worked along side Gunpei Yokoi and Toru Osawa.

His first project at Nintendo was to handle the graphic design of the Game & Watch version of Donkey Kong followed by the graphic design for the arcade game Donkey Kong Jr.  He spent a short period of time continuing to work on the Game & Watch handheld line before being reassigned to focus on Nintendo’s new home console at the time, the Family Computer.  His first project for the Famicom was to handle the graphic design for Balloon Fight and then transitioned to full game design.

Sakamoto designed some of Nintendo’s most popular titles in the early stages of the Famicom and Nintendo Entertainment Systems life cycle such as Wrecking Crew, Gumshoe, Metroid and Kid Icarus.  As his career progressed with Nintendo he became one of the most prominent members of Nintendo’s R&D1 division where he would become responsible for the direction of the Metroid franchise.  He would go on to direct and write the story line for Super Metroid, Metroid Fusion, Metroid: Zero Mission, Metroid: Other M and was the producer for Metroid: Samus Returns.

Along with handling the direction of the Metroid series he has been instrumental in the creation of the WarioWare and Rhythm Heaven series becoming the series producer.  In late 2011 he was promoted from his position as head of Software Planning and Development Group 1, to the Deputy General Manager of the Software Planning and Development Department and later Executive Officer of Nintendo Entertainment Planning and Development Department in 2015.

Known For:

Interviews with Yoshio Sakamoto

Metroid: Other M - Yoshio Sakamoto Interview
Metroid: Samus Returns - Developer Diary (Nintendo 3DS)
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DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1982Game & Watch - Donkey KongDonkey KongGame & WatchNintendo R&D1NintendoGraphic DesignerPlatformer
1982Donkey Kong Jr Arcade CabinetDonkey Kong Jr.ArcadeNintendo R&D1NintendoGraphic DesignerPlatformer
1983Game & Watch - Snoopy (Panorama)SnoopyGame & WatchNintendo R&D1NintendoGraphic DesignerPlatformer
1983Game & Watch - Mario's Bombs AwayMario's Bombs AwayGame & WatchNintendo R&D1NintendoGraphic DesignerPlatformer
1984Balloon FightFamicom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D1NintendoGraphic DesignerAction
1985Wrecking Crew BoxWrecking CrewFamicom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D1NintendoDesignerAction
Puzzle
1986Gumshoe BoxGumshoeFamicom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D1NintendoDesignerPlatformer
Shooter
1986Metroid BoxMetroidFamicom Disk System
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D1
Intelligent Systems
NintendoDesignerAction-Adventure
1986Kid Icarus BoxKid IcarusFamicom Disk System
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D1
TOSE
NintendoGame DesignerAction
Platformer
1987Nakayama Miho no Tokimeki High School BoxNakayama Miho no Tokimeki High SchoolFamicom Disk SystemSquare
Nintendo R&D1
NintendoDirectorDating Sim
1988Famicom Detective Club BoxFamicom Tantei Club: Kieta KōkeishaFamicom Disk SystemNintendo R&D1NintendoScenario WriterAdventure
1989Famicom Detective Club 2 BoxFamicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu ShōjoFamicom Disk SystemNintendo R&D1
TOSE
NintendoScenario WriterAdventure
1990Balloon Kid BoxBalloon KidGame Boy
Famicom
Nintendo R&D1
Pax Softnica
NintendoDirectorPlatformer
1992X Game Boy BoxXGame BoyArgonaut Games
Nintendo R&D1
NintendoDirectorSpace Combat Sim
1992Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa NaruKaeru no Tame ni Kane wa NaruGame BoyNintendo R&D1
Intelligent Systems
NintendoScenario WriterAction RPG
1995Super Metroid BoxSuper MetroidSuper Famicom
Super Nintendo
Nintendo R&D1
Intelligent Systems
NintendoDirectorAction-Adventure
1995Teleroboxer BoxTeleroboxerVirtual BoyNintendo R&D1NintendoDirectorFighting
1995Galactic PinballGalactic PinballVirtual BoyIntelligent SystemsNintendoSpecial ThanksPinball
1997Game & Watch Gallery BoxGame & Watch GalleryGame BoyNintendo R&D1
TOSE
NintendoAdvisorCompilation
1998Game Boy Camera BoxGame Boy CameraGame BoyNintendo R&D1NintendoAdditional StaffHardware Accessory
2000Trade & Battle - Card Hero BoxTrade & Battle: Card HeroGame Boy ColorNintendo R&D1
Intelligent Systems
NintendoDirector
Game Designer
Scenario Writer
RPG
2001Wario Land 4 BoxWario Land 4Game Boy AdvanceNintendo R&D1NintendoSupervisorPlatformer
2001Super Smash Bros. Melee BoxSuper Smash Bros. MeleeGameCubeHAL LaboratoryNintendoSupervisor (Original Games)Fighting
2002Metroid Fusion BoxMetroid FusionGame Boy AdvanceNintendo R&D1NintendoChief Director
Scenario Writer
Story
Action-Adventure
2002Metroid Prime BoxMetroid PrimeGameCubeRetro StudiosNintendoSpecial ThanksFirst-Person Shooter
2003Wario World BoxWario WorldGameCubeTreasureNintendoAdvisorPlatformer
2003WarioWare, Inc. - Mega Party Games! BoxWarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$!GameCubeIntelligent Systems
Nintendo R&D1
NintendoSupervisorParty
2004Metroid Zero Mission BoxMetroid: Zero MissionGame Boy AdvanceNintendo R&D1NintendoDirectorAction-Adventure
2004WarioWare - Twisted! BoxWarioWare: Twisted!Game Boy AdvanceNintendo SPD
Intelligent Systems
NintendoProducerAction
Puzzle
Rhythm
2004WarioWare - Touched! BoxWarioWare: Touched!Nintendo DSNintendo SPD
Intelligent Systems
NintendoProducer
Game Designer
Action
Rhythm
2004Metroid Prime 2 BoxMetroid Prime 2: EchoesGameCubeRetro StudiosNintendoSpecial ThanksFirst-Person Shooter
2005Metroid Prime Pinball BoxMetroid Prime PinballNintendo DSFuse Games LimitedNintendoSpecial ThanksPinball
2006WarioWare - Smooth Moves BoxWarioWare: Smooth MovesWiiNintendo SPD
Intelligent Systems
NintendoProducer
Game Designer
Party
Rhythm
2006Rhythm Tengoku BoxRhythm TengokuGame Boy AdvanceNintendo SPD
J.P.Room Recordings
NintendoProducer
Game Designer
Rhythm
2007Picross DSNintendo DSJupiterNintendoSupervisorPuzzle
2007Kousoku Card Battle - Card HeroKousoku Card Battle: Card HeroNintendo DSNintendo SPD
Intelligent Systems
NintendoSupervisorCard Battle RPG
2007Metroid Prime 3 BoxMetroid Pime 3WiiRetro StudiosNintendoSpecial ThanksFirst-Person Shooter
2008Super Smash Bros Brawl BoxSuper Smash Bros. BrawlWiiSora Ltd
Game Arts
NintendoSupervisor (Original Games)First-Person Shooter
2008Rhythm Heaven BoxRhythm HeavenNintendo DSNintendo SPD
TNX Music Recordings
NintendoGeneral ProducerRhythm
2009WarioWare D.I.Y. BoxWarioWare: D.I.Y.Nintendo DSNintendo SPD
Intelligent Systems
NintendoProducerAction
Rhythm
2009Tomodachi Collection BoxTomodachi CollectionNintendo DSNintendo SPDNintendoProducerLife Simulation
2010WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase BoxWarioWare: D.I.Y. ShowcaseWiiIntelligent SystemsNintendoProducerAction
Rhythm
2010Metroid - Other M Wii BoxMetroid: Other MWiiTeam Ninja
Nintendo SPD
NintendoDirector
Producer
Story
Action-Adventure
2011Rhythm Heaven Fever BoxRhythm Heaven FeverWiiNintendo SPD
TNX Music Recordings
NintendoGeneral ProducerMusic
2011PushmoPushmoNintendo 3DSIntelligent SystemsNintendoSpecial ThanksAction
Puzzle
2012Kiki TrickKiki TrickWiiNintendo SPDNintendoSupervisorMusic
Minigames
2012Nintendo LandNintendo LandWii UNintendo EADNintendoSpecial ThanksParty
2013Game & Wario BoxGame & WarioWii UNintendo SPD
Intelligent Systems
NintendoProducer
Game Designer
Party
2013Tomodachi Life BoxTomodachi LifeNintendo 3DSNintendo SPDNintendoProducerLife Simulation
2014Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DSBandai Namco
Sora Ltd
NintendoSupervisor (Original Games)Fighting
2014Super Smash Bros for Wii U BoxSuper Smash Bros. for Wii UWii UBandai Namco
Sora Ltd
NintendoSupervisor (Original Games)Fighting
2014Bayonetta 2 Wii U BoxBayonetta 2Wii UPlatinumGamesNintendoSpecial ThanksAction
Hack and Slash
2015Rhythm Heaven Megamix BoxRhythm Heaven MegamixNintendo 3DSNintendo SPDNintendoGeneral ProducerRhythm
2016Miitomo BoxMiitomoiOS
Android
Nintendo EPDNintendoProducerSocial Networking App
2016Metroid Prime Federation Force BoxMetroid Prime: Federation ForceNintendo 3DSNext Level GamesNintendoSpecial AdvisorFirst-Person Shooter
2017Metroid Samus Returns BoxMetroid: Samus ReturnsNintendo 3DSNintendo EPD
MercurySteam
NintendoProducerAction-Adventure
2018Super Smash Bros. UltimateSuper Smash Bros. UltimateNintendo SwitchBandai Namco
Sora Ltd
NintendoSupervisor (Original Games)Fighting
TBAFamicom Tantei Club - Kieta Kōkeisha RemakeFamicom Tantei Club: Kieta Kōkeisha RemakeNintendo SwitchMagesNintendoProducerAdventure
TBAFamicom Tantei Club - Kieta Kōkeisha RemakeFamicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shōjo RemakeNintendo SwitchMagesNintendoProducerAdventure

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1982Game & Watch - Donkey KongDonkey KongGame & WatchNintendo R&D1NintendoGraphic DesignerPlatformer
1982Donkey Kong Jr Arcade CabinetDonkey Kong Jr.ArcadeNintendo R&D1NintendoGraphic DesignerPlatformer
1983Game & Watch - Snoopy (Panorama)SnoopyGame & WatchNintendo R&D1NintendoGraphic DesignerPlatformer
1983Game & Watch - Mario's Bombs AwayMario's Bombs AwayGame & WatchNintendo R&D1NintendoGraphic DesignerPlatformer
1984Balloon FightFamicom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D1NintendoGraphic DesignerAction
1985Wrecking Crew BoxWrecking CrewFamicom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D1NintendoDesignerAction
Puzzle
1986Gumshoe BoxGumshoeFamicom
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D1NintendoDesignerPlatformer
Shooter
1986Metroid BoxMetroidFamicom Disk System
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D1
Intelligent Systems
NintendoDesignerAction-Adventure
1986Kid Icarus BoxKid IcarusFamicom Disk System
Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo R&D1
TOSE
NintendoGame DesignerAction
Platformer
2000Trade & Battle - Card Hero BoxTrade & Battle: Card HeroGame Boy ColorNintendo R&D1
Intelligent Systems
NintendoDirector
Game Designer
Scenario Writer
RPG
2004WarioWare - Touched! BoxWarioWare: Touched!Nintendo DSNintendo SPD
Intelligent Systems
NintendoProducer
Game Designer
Action
Rhythm
2006WarioWare - Smooth Moves BoxWarioWare: Smooth MovesWiiNintendo SPD
Intelligent Systems
NintendoProducer
Game Designer
Party
Rhythm
2006Rhythm Tengoku BoxRhythm TengokuGame Boy AdvanceNintendo SPD
J.P.Room Recordings
NintendoProducer
Game Designer
Rhythm
2013Game & Wario BoxGame & WarioWii UNintendo SPD
Intelligent Systems
NintendoProducer
Game Designer
Party

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1987Nakayama Miho no Tokimeki High School BoxNakayama Miho no Tokimeki High SchoolFamicom Disk SystemSquare
Nintendo R&D1
NintendoDirectorDating Sim
1990Balloon Kid BoxBalloon KidGame Boy
Famicom
Nintendo R&D1
Pax Softnica
NintendoDirectorPlatformer
1992X Game Boy BoxXGame BoyArgonaut Games
Nintendo R&D1
NintendoDirectorSpace Combat Sim
1995Super Metroid BoxSuper MetroidSuper Famicom
Super Nintendo
Nintendo R&D1
Intelligent Systems
NintendoDirectorAction-Adventure
1995Teleroboxer BoxTeleroboxerVirtual BoyNintendo R&D1NintendoDirectorFighting
2000Trade & Battle - Card Hero BoxTrade & Battle: Card HeroGame Boy ColorNintendo R&D1
Intelligent Systems
NintendoDirector
Game Designer
Scenario Writer
RPG
2002Metroid Fusion BoxMetroid FusionGame Boy AdvanceNintendo R&D1NintendoChief Director
Scenario Writer
Story
Action-Adventure
2004Metroid Zero Mission BoxMetroid: Zero MissionGame Boy AdvanceNintendo R&D1NintendoDirectorAction-Adventure
2010Metroid - Other M Wii BoxMetroid: Other MWiiTeam Ninja
Nintendo SPD
NintendoDirector
Producer
Story
Action-Adventure

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
2004WarioWare - Twisted! BoxWarioWare: Twisted!Game Boy AdvanceNintendo SPD
Intelligent Systems
NintendoProducerAction
Puzzle
Rhythm
2004WarioWare - Touched! BoxWarioWare: Touched!Nintendo DSNintendo SPD
Intelligent Systems
NintendoProducer
Game Designer
Action
Rhythm
2006WarioWare - Smooth Moves BoxWarioWare: Smooth MovesWiiNintendo SPD
Intelligent Systems
NintendoProducer
Game Designer
Party
Rhythm
2006Rhythm Tengoku BoxRhythm TengokuGame Boy AdvanceNintendo SPD
J.P.Room Recordings
NintendoProducer
Game Designer
Rhythm
2008Rhythm Heaven BoxRhythm HeavenNintendo DSNintendo SPD
TNX Music Recordings
NintendoGeneral ProducerRhythm
2009WarioWare D.I.Y. BoxWarioWare: D.I.Y.Nintendo DSNintendo SPD
Intelligent Systems
NintendoProducerAction
Rhythm
2009Tomodachi Collection BoxTomodachi CollectionNintendo DSNintendo SPDNintendoProducerLife Simulation
2010WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase BoxWarioWare: D.I.Y. ShowcaseWiiIntelligent SystemsNintendoProducerAction
Rhythm
2010Metroid - Other M Wii BoxMetroid: Other MWiiTeam Ninja
Nintendo SPD
NintendoDirector
Producer
Story
Action-Adventure
2011Rhythm Heaven Fever BoxRhythm Heaven FeverWiiNintendo SPD
TNX Music Recordings
NintendoGeneral ProducerMusic
2013Game & Wario BoxGame & WarioWii UNintendo SPD
Intelligent Systems
NintendoProducer
Game Designer
Party
2013Tomodachi Life BoxTomodachi LifeNintendo 3DSNintendo SPDNintendoProducerLife Simulation
2015Rhythm Heaven Megamix BoxRhythm Heaven MegamixNintendo 3DSNintendo SPDNintendoGeneral ProducerRhythm
2016Miitomo BoxMiitomoiOS
Android
Nintendo EPDNintendoProducerSocial Networking App
2017Metroid Samus Returns BoxMetroid: Samus ReturnsNintendo 3DSNintendo EPD
MercurySteam
NintendoProducerAction-Adventure
TBAFamicom Tantei Club - Kieta Kōkeisha RemakeFamicom Tantei Club: Kieta Kōkeisha RemakeNintendo SwitchMagesNintendoProducerAdventure
TBAFamicom Tantei Club - Kieta Kōkeisha RemakeFamicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shōjo RemakeNintendo SwitchMagesNintendoProducerAdventure

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1995Galactic PinballGalactic PinballVirtual BoyIntelligent SystemsNintendoSpecial ThanksPinball
2002Metroid Prime BoxMetroid PrimeGameCubeRetro StudiosNintendoSpecial ThanksFirst-Person Shooter
2004Metroid Prime 2 BoxMetroid Prime 2: EchoesGameCubeRetro StudiosNintendoSpecial ThanksFirst-Person Shooter
2005Metroid Prime Pinball BoxMetroid Prime PinballNintendo DSFuse Games LimitedNintendoSpecial ThanksPinball
2007Metroid Prime 3 BoxMetroid Pime 3WiiRetro StudiosNintendoSpecial ThanksFirst-Person Shooter
2011PushmoPushmoNintendo 3DSIntelligent SystemsNintendoSpecial ThanksAction
Puzzle
2012Nintendo LandNintendo LandWii UNintendo EADNintendoSpecial ThanksParty
2014Bayonetta 2 Wii U BoxBayonetta 2Wii UPlatinumGamesNintendoSpecial ThanksAction
Hack and Slash

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1988Famicom Detective Club BoxFamicom Tantei Club: Kieta KōkeishaFamicom Disk SystemNintendo R&D1NintendoScenario WriterAdventure
1989Famicom Detective Club 2 BoxFamicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu ShōjoFamicom Disk SystemNintendo R&D1
TOSE
NintendoScenario WriterAdventure
1992Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa NaruKaeru no Tame ni Kane wa NaruGame BoyNintendo R&D1
Intelligent Systems
NintendoScenario WriterAction RPG
2000Trade & Battle - Card Hero BoxTrade & Battle: Card HeroGame Boy ColorNintendo R&D1
Intelligent Systems
NintendoDirector
Game Designer
Scenario Writer
RPG
2002Metroid Fusion BoxMetroid FusionGame Boy AdvanceNintendo R&D1NintendoChief Director
Scenario Writer
Story
Action-Adventure