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Yu Suzuki
NameYu Suzuki
BornJune 10, 1958
Kamaishi, Iwate
Japan
OccupationDesigner
Producer
Director
Programmer
Known ForHang-On
OutRun
Shenmue series
Years active1983-Present

Yu Suzuki - Gameography

Yu Suzuki is a Japanese video game designer, producer and programmer who created some of Sega’s most popular arcade experiences in the mid 1980s and early 1990s.  Suzuki spent 26 years working at Sega and is most notable for the games he created while working for Sega’s AM2 division.

Suzuki joined Sega’s Studio 128 development team in 1984 to focus on creating innovated video game experiences.  It is here where Suzuki programmed Hang-On, Sega’s first “Taikan” game, a Japanese term that was coined by Sega during the 1980s to describe their experience based deluxe cabinets. The popularity of Hang-On inspired Sega to create a line of “Taikan” games such as Space Harrier, Enduro Racer, OutRun, Super Hang-on and After Burner.  As Sega continued to revise how the company was structured Studio 128 became Sega R&D8 which then became the much more widely known division, Sega AM2 in the early 1990s.

During the mid 1980s while working at Studio 128 Suzuki and team developed some of the most popular full body immersion-based video games.   With the transition to Sega AM2 Suzuki was promoted to producer where he continued to improve the immersion of video games with the team’s first 3D computer generated game, Virtua Racing.  Suzuki became the public face of AM2 for the following decade where he helped create and promote games such as Virtua Fighter, Daytona USA, Virtua Cop and Fighting Vipers.

After the release of Virtua Fighter 3 in 1996, Suzuki’s focus shifted away from arcade games for the chance to develop a potential ground-breaking concept for Sega’s new home console that was in development, the Dreamcast.  Wanting to create a longer experience game Suzuki’s concept for an action-adventure game did not fit as an arcade game.  Written, directed and produced by Suzuki, Shenmue became one of Sega’s most ambitious video games and a series that Suzuki would continue to be involved with even after his departure from Sega in 2009.

Known For:

G4 Icons Documentary & Interview with Yu Suzuki

G4 Icons Episode #22: Yu Suzuki
Yu Suzuki Interview - Childhood | SEGA | Arcade Games | Game Creation
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DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1984Champion Boxing SG1000 BoxChampion BoxingSG-1000
MSX
Arcade
Sega R&D2SegaDirector
Designer
Programmer
Sports
Boxing
1985Hang-On Arcade Cycle 2Hang-OnArcade
Sega Master System
MSX
PC-88
Studio 128SegaDirector
Designer
Racing
1985SpaceHarrier Arcade Cabinet RollingSpace HarrierArcade
Sega Master System
Studio 128SegaDirector
Designer
Shooter
1986EnduroRacer Arcade CabinetEnduro RacerArcade
Sega Master System
Studio 128SegaDirector
Designer
Racing
1986OutRun Arcade Cabinet DeluxeOutRunArcade
Sega Master System
Studio 128SegaDirector
Designer
Racing
1986Super Hang-On Arcade Cabinet DeluxeSuper Hang-OnArcade
Genesis
Studio 128SegaProducerRacing
1987After Burner Arcade CabinetAfter BurnerArcade
Sega Master System
Studio 128SegaDirector
Designer
Combat Flight Simulator
1987After Burner II Arcade CabinetAfter Burner IIArcade
Genesis
Studio 128SegaDirector
Designer
Combat Flight Simulator
1988Power Drift Arcade CabinetPower DriftArcadeSega R&D8SegaDirector
Designer
Kart Racing
1988Dynamite Dux Arcade CabinetDynamite DüxArcade
Sega Master System
Sega R&D8SegaProducerBeat 'em up
1989Turbo OutRun Arcade CabinetTurbo OutRunArcade
Mega Drive
Sega R&D8SegaProducerRacing
1989Sword of Vermilion Genesis BoxSword of VermilionMega DriveSega R&D8SegaProducerAction RPG
1990G-LOC - Air Battle Arcade CabinetG-LOC: Air BattleArcade
Sega Master System
Genesis
Sega R&D8SegaDirector
Designer
Combat Flight Simulator
1990GP Rider Arcade CabinetGP RiderArcade
Sega Master System
Sega R&D8SegaProducerRacing
1991Strike Fighter Arcade CabinetStrike FighterArcadeSega R&D8SegaDesigner
Producer
Combat Flight Simulator
1991Rent-A-Hero Mega Drive BoxRent-A-HeroMega DriveSega R&D8SegaProducerAction RPG
1991F1 Exhaust Note Arcade CabinetF1 Exhaust NoteArcadeSega R&D8SegaProducerRacing
1992Virtua Racing Arcade CabinetVirtua RacingArcade
Genesis
Saturn
Sega AM2SegaDirector
Chief Programmer
Racing
1992Soreike Kokology PlaceholderSoreike KokologyArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerPuzzle
1993Virtua Fighter Arcade CabinetVirtua FighterArcade
Saturn
Sega AM2SegaDirector
Producer
Fighting
1993Burning Rival Arcade CabinetBurning RivalArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerFighting
1993Daytona USA Arcade CabinetDaytona USAArcade
Saturn
Sega AM2SegaProducer
Special Thanks
Racing
1994Virtua Cop Arcade CabinetVirtua CopArcade
Saturn
Sega AM2SegaProducer
Supervisor
Light Gun Shooter
1994Virtua Fighter 2 Arcade CabinetVirtua Fighter 2Arcade
Saturn
Sega AM2SegaDirector
Producer
Fighting
1994Desert Tank Arcade CabinetDesert TankArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerAction
1995Virtua Striker Arcade CabinetVirtua StrikerArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerSports
Soccer
1995Virtua Cop 2 Arcade CabinetVirtua Cop 2Arcade
Saturn
Sega AM2SegaProducer
Supervisor
Rail Shooter
1995Fighting Vipers Arcade CabinetFighting VipersArcade
Saturn
Sega AM2SegaProducerFighting
1996Virtua Fighter 3 Arcade CabinetVirtua Fighter 3Arcade
Dreamcast
Sega AM2SegaDirectorFighting
1996Virtua Fighter Kids Saturn BoxVirtua Fighter KidsArcade
Saturn
Sega AM2SegaProducerFighting
1996Fighters Megamix Saturn BoxFighters MegamixSaturnSega AM2SegaProducerFighting
1996Sonic the Fighters Arcade CabinetSonic the FightersArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerFighting
1996Scud Race Arcade CabinetScud RaceArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerRacing
1997Virtua Striker 2 Arcade CabinetVirtua Striker 2ArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerSports
Soccer
1997Digital Dance Mix Vol.1 Namie Amuro Saturn BoxDigital Dance Mix Vol.1 Namie AmuroSaturnSega AM2SegaProducerRhythm
1997All Japan Pro-Wrestling Featuring Virtua Saturn BoxAll Japan Pro-Wrestling Featuring VirtuaArcade
Saturn
Sega AM1SegaProducerSports
Wrestling
1998Fighting Vipers 2 European Dreamcast BoxFighting Vipers 2Arcade
Dreamcast
Sega AM2SegaProducerFighting
1998Daytona USA 2 Arcade CabinetDaytona USA 2ArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerRacing
1999Ferrari F355 Challenge Arcade CabinetFerrari F355 ChallengeArcade
Dreamcast
PlayStation 2
Sega AM2SegaDirector
Producer
Racing Simulation
1999Shenmue BoxShenmueDreamcastSega AM2SegaDirector
Producer
Writer
Action-Adventure
1999Outtrigger Arcade CabinetOuttriggerArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerFirst-Person Shooter
Third-Person Shooter
199918 Wheeler - American Pro Trucker Arcade Cabinet18 Wheeler: American Pro TruckerArcade
Dreamcast
Sega AM2SegaProducerVehicle Simulation
Action
2001Shenmue II BoxShenmue IIDreamcast
Xbox
Sega AM2SegaDirector
Producer
Writer
Action-Adventure
2001Virtua Fighter 4 Arcade CabinetVirtua Fighter 4Arcade
PlayStation 2
Sega AM2SegaDirector
Producer
Fighting
2003Virtua Cop 3 Arcade CabinetVirtua Cop 3ArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerLight Gun Shooter
2003OutRun 2 Arcade CabinetOutRun 2ArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerRacing
2008Sega Race TV Arcade CabinetSega Race TVArcadeSega AM PlusSegaProducerRacing
2010Shenmue City Mobile BoxShenmue CityMobileYs NetYs NetDirectorSocial RPG
2011Virtua Fighter - Cool Champ Android BoxVirtua Fighter: Cool ChampiOSYs NetSegaDirectorCard Battle
2013Gan! Gan! Pirates Android BoxGan! Gan! PiratesAndroid
iOS
Ys NetYs NetDirector
2014Virtua Fighter - Fever Combo Android BoxVirtua Fighter: Fever ComboAndroid
iOS
DMM GamesSegaDirectorCard Battle
2019Shenmue III PS4 BoxShenmue IIIPlayStation 4
PC
Ys NetDeep SilverDirector
Producer
Writer
Adventure

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1984Champion Boxing SG1000 BoxChampion BoxingSG-1000
MSX
Arcade
Sega R&D2SegaDirector
Designer
Programmer
Sports
Boxing
1985Hang-On Arcade Cycle 2Hang-OnArcade
Sega Master System
MSX
PC-88
Studio 128SegaDirector
Designer
Racing
1985SpaceHarrier Arcade Cabinet RollingSpace HarrierArcade
Sega Master System
Studio 128SegaDirector
Designer
Shooter
1986EnduroRacer Arcade CabinetEnduro RacerArcade
Sega Master System
Studio 128SegaDirector
Designer
Racing
1986OutRun Arcade Cabinet DeluxeOutRunArcade
Sega Master System
Studio 128SegaDirector
Designer
Racing
1987After Burner Arcade CabinetAfter BurnerArcade
Sega Master System
Studio 128SegaDirector
Designer
Combat Flight Simulator
1987After Burner II Arcade CabinetAfter Burner IIArcade
Genesis
Studio 128SegaDirector
Designer
Combat Flight Simulator
1988Power Drift Arcade CabinetPower DriftArcadeSega R&D8SegaDirector
Designer
Kart Racing
1990G-LOC - Air Battle Arcade CabinetG-LOC: Air BattleArcade
Sega Master System
Genesis
Sega R&D8SegaDirector
Designer
Combat Flight Simulator
1991Strike Fighter Arcade CabinetStrike FighterArcadeSega R&D8SegaDesigner
Producer
Combat Flight Simulator

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1984Champion Boxing SG1000 BoxChampion BoxingSG-1000
MSX
Arcade
Sega R&D2SegaDirector
Designer
Programmer
Sports
Boxing
1985Hang-On Arcade Cycle 2Hang-OnArcade
Sega Master System
MSX
PC-88
Studio 128SegaDirector
Designer
Racing
1985SpaceHarrier Arcade Cabinet RollingSpace HarrierArcade
Sega Master System
Studio 128SegaDirector
Designer
Shooter
1986EnduroRacer Arcade CabinetEnduro RacerArcade
Sega Master System
Studio 128SegaDirector
Designer
Racing
1986OutRun Arcade Cabinet DeluxeOutRunArcade
Sega Master System
Studio 128SegaDirector
Designer
Racing
1987After Burner Arcade CabinetAfter BurnerArcade
Sega Master System
Studio 128SegaDirector
Designer
Combat Flight Simulator
1987After Burner II Arcade CabinetAfter Burner IIArcade
Genesis
Studio 128SegaDirector
Designer
Combat Flight Simulator
1988Power Drift Arcade CabinetPower DriftArcadeSega R&D8SegaDirector
Designer
Kart Racing
1990G-LOC - Air Battle Arcade CabinetG-LOC: Air BattleArcade
Sega Master System
Genesis
Sega R&D8SegaDirector
Designer
Combat Flight Simulator
1992Virtua Racing Arcade CabinetVirtua RacingArcade
Genesis
Saturn
Sega AM2SegaDirector
Chief Programmer
Racing
1993Virtua Fighter Arcade CabinetVirtua FighterArcade
Saturn
Sega AM2SegaDirector
Producer
Fighting
1994Virtua Fighter 2 Arcade CabinetVirtua Fighter 2Arcade
Saturn
Sega AM2SegaDirector
Producer
Fighting
1996Virtua Fighter 3 Arcade CabinetVirtua Fighter 3Arcade
Dreamcast
Sega AM2SegaDirectorFighting
1999Ferrari F355 Challenge Arcade CabinetFerrari F355 ChallengeArcade
Dreamcast
PlayStation 2
Sega AM2SegaDirector
Producer
Racing Simulation
1999Shenmue BoxShenmueDreamcastSega AM2SegaDirector
Producer
Writer
Action-Adventure
2001Shenmue II BoxShenmue IIDreamcast
Xbox
Sega AM2SegaDirector
Producer
Writer
Action-Adventure
2001Virtua Fighter 4 Arcade CabinetVirtua Fighter 4Arcade
PlayStation 2
Sega AM2SegaDirector
Producer
Fighting
2010Shenmue City Mobile BoxShenmue CityMobileYs NetYs NetDirectorSocial RPG
2011Virtua Fighter - Cool Champ Android BoxVirtua Fighter: Cool ChampiOSYs NetSegaDirectorCard Battle
2013Gan! Gan! Pirates Android BoxGan! Gan! PiratesAndroid
iOS
Ys NetYs NetDirector
2014Virtua Fighter - Fever Combo Android BoxVirtua Fighter: Fever ComboAndroid
iOS
DMM GamesSegaDirectorCard Battle
2019Shenmue III PS4 BoxShenmue IIIPlayStation 4
PC
Ys NetDeep SilverDirector
Producer
Writer
Adventure

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1986Super Hang-On Arcade Cabinet DeluxeSuper Hang-OnArcade
Genesis
Studio 128SegaProducerRacing
1988Dynamite Dux Arcade CabinetDynamite DüxArcade
Sega Master System
Sega R&D8SegaProducerBeat 'em up
1989Turbo OutRun Arcade CabinetTurbo OutRunArcade
Mega Drive
Sega R&D8SegaProducerRacing
1989Sword of Vermilion Genesis BoxSword of VermilionMega DriveSega R&D8SegaProducerAction RPG
1990GP Rider Arcade CabinetGP RiderArcade
Sega Master System
Sega R&D8SegaProducerRacing
1991Strike Fighter Arcade CabinetStrike FighterArcadeSega R&D8SegaDesigner
Producer
Combat Flight Simulator
1991Rent-A-Hero Mega Drive BoxRent-A-HeroMega DriveSega R&D8SegaProducerAction RPG
1991F1 Exhaust Note Arcade CabinetF1 Exhaust NoteArcadeSega R&D8SegaProducerRacing
1992Soreike Kokology PlaceholderSoreike KokologyArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerPuzzle
1993Virtua Fighter Arcade CabinetVirtua FighterArcade
Saturn
Sega AM2SegaDirector
Producer
Fighting
1993Burning Rival Arcade CabinetBurning RivalArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerFighting
1993Daytona USA Arcade CabinetDaytona USAArcade
Saturn
Sega AM2SegaProducer
Special Thanks
Racing
1994Virtua Cop Arcade CabinetVirtua CopArcade
Saturn
Sega AM2SegaProducer
Supervisor
Light Gun Shooter
1994Virtua Fighter 2 Arcade CabinetVirtua Fighter 2Arcade
Saturn
Sega AM2SegaDirector
Producer
Fighting
1994Desert Tank Arcade CabinetDesert TankArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerAction
1995Virtua Striker Arcade CabinetVirtua StrikerArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerSports
Soccer
1995Virtua Cop 2 Arcade CabinetVirtua Cop 2Arcade
Saturn
Sega AM2SegaProducer
Supervisor
Rail Shooter
1995Fighting Vipers Arcade CabinetFighting VipersArcade
Saturn
Sega AM2SegaProducerFighting
1996Virtua Fighter Kids Saturn BoxVirtua Fighter KidsArcade
Saturn
Sega AM2SegaProducerFighting
1996Fighters Megamix Saturn BoxFighters MegamixSaturnSega AM2SegaProducerFighting
1996Sonic the Fighters Arcade CabinetSonic the FightersArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerFighting
1996Scud Race Arcade CabinetScud RaceArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerRacing
1997Virtua Striker 2 Arcade CabinetVirtua Striker 2ArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerSports
Soccer
1997Digital Dance Mix Vol.1 Namie Amuro Saturn BoxDigital Dance Mix Vol.1 Namie AmuroSaturnSega AM2SegaProducerRhythm
1997All Japan Pro-Wrestling Featuring Virtua Saturn BoxAll Japan Pro-Wrestling Featuring VirtuaArcade
Saturn
Sega AM1SegaProducerSports
Wrestling
1998Fighting Vipers 2 European Dreamcast BoxFighting Vipers 2Arcade
Dreamcast
Sega AM2SegaProducerFighting
1998Daytona USA 2 Arcade CabinetDaytona USA 2ArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerRacing
1999Ferrari F355 Challenge Arcade CabinetFerrari F355 ChallengeArcade
Dreamcast
PlayStation 2
Sega AM2SegaDirector
Producer
Racing Simulation
1999Shenmue BoxShenmueDreamcastSega AM2SegaDirector
Producer
Writer
Action-Adventure
1999Outtrigger Arcade CabinetOuttriggerArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerFirst-Person Shooter
Third-Person Shooter
199918 Wheeler - American Pro Trucker Arcade Cabinet18 Wheeler: American Pro TruckerArcade
Dreamcast
Sega AM2SegaProducerVehicle Simulation
Action
2001Shenmue II BoxShenmue IIDreamcast
Xbox
Sega AM2SegaDirector
Producer
Writer
Action-Adventure
2001Virtua Fighter 4 Arcade CabinetVirtua Fighter 4Arcade
PlayStation 2
Sega AM2SegaDirector
Producer
Fighting
2003Virtua Cop 3 Arcade CabinetVirtua Cop 3ArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerLight Gun Shooter
2003OutRun 2 Arcade CabinetOutRun 2ArcadeSega AM2SegaProducerRacing
2008Sega Race TV Arcade CabinetSega Race TVArcadeSega AM PlusSegaProducerRacing
2019Shenmue III PS4 BoxShenmue IIIPlayStation 4
PC
Ys NetDeep SilverDirector
Producer
Writer
Adventure

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1984Champion Boxing SG1000 BoxChampion BoxingSG-1000
MSX
Arcade
Sega R&D2SegaDirector
Designer
Programmer
Sports
Boxing
1992Virtua Racing Arcade CabinetVirtua RacingArcade
Genesis
Saturn
Sega AM2SegaDirector
Chief Programmer
Racing

DateBoxTitlePlatformDeveloperPublisherRoleGenre
1999Shenmue BoxShenmueDreamcastSega AM2SegaDirector
Producer
Writer
Action-Adventure
2001Shenmue II BoxShenmue IIDreamcast
Xbox
Sega AM2SegaDirector
Producer
Writer
Action-Adventure
2019Shenmue III PS4 BoxShenmue IIIPlayStation 4
PC
Ys NetDeep SilverDirector
Producer
Writer
Adventure