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Takashi Tezuka (手塚 卓志, Tezuka Takashi, born November 17, 1960) is a Japanese video game producer and executive officer working for Nintendo.[1][2]

Takashi Tezuka
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Tezuka in 2015
Native name
手塚 卓志
Born (1960-11-17) November 17, 1960 (age 58)
Alma materOsaka University of Arts
OccupationGame producer
EmployerNintendo (1984–present)
TitleExecutive Officer at Nintendo EPD



A graduate of the Design Department of Osaka University of Arts, he joined the company in April 1984[3] and was involved with some of the most critically acclaimed Nintendo series, including Mario and The Legend of Zelda.[1][4] 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.[5] Tezuka was also involved in the creation process of Yoshi, after Shigeru Miyamoto originally wanted Mario to ride a horse in Super Mario Bros. 3.[6]

Design philosophyEdit

I have never consciously separated casual users and hardcore gamers when I design a game. For the past 20 years, I have always been trying to make games so that anyone — as many people as possible — can enjoy them... I cannot help but say that I love my job of making games from the bottom of my heart.

— Takashi Tezuka[4]


Year Title Position
1984 Devil World Designer
1985 Super Mario Bros. Assistant director, designer
1986 Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Director, designer
The Legend of Zelda Director, designer, writer
1987 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Writer
1988 Super Mario Bros. 3 Director, designer
1990 Super Mario World Director
1991 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Director
1993 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Director
1995 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Director
BS The Legend of Zelda Game Designer
1996 Super Mario 64 Assistant director
1997 BS The Legend of Zelda: Inishie no Sekiban Supervisor
Star Fox 64 Supervisor
Yoshi's Story Producer
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Supervisor
1999 Mario Golf Supervisor
2000 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Supervisor
2001 The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages Supervisor
Luigi's Mansion Producer
Pikmin Progress manager
Animal Crossing Producer
2002 Super Mario Sunshine Producer
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Producer
2003 Mario Kart: Double Dash Producer
2004 The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap Supervisor
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures Supervisor
Pikmin 2 Producer
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Supervisor
2005 Yoshi Touch & Go Producer
Animal Crossing: Wild World Producer
2006 New Super Mario Bros. General producer
Yoshi's Island DS Senior producer
2008 Wii Music Producer
2009 New Super Mario Bros. Wii Producer
2010 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Producer
2011 Super Mario 3D Land General producer
2012 New Super Mario Bros. 2 Producer
New Super Mario Bros. U Producer
Animal Crossing: New Leaf General producer
2013 Flipnote Studio 3D Producer
2014 Yoshi's New Island Producer
2015 Yoshi's Woolly World Producer
Super Mario Maker Producer
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes Supervisor
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Supervisor
2016 Paper Mario: Color Splash Supervisor
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS Producer
Super Mario Run Director
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Supervisor
Arms Production manager
Hey! Pikmin Producer
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Supervisor
2018 Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey Supervisor
2019 New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Producer
Yoshi's Crafted World Producer
Super Mario Maker 2 Producer


  1. ^ a b "E3 2006 Online Press Kit – Biographical Information: Takashi Tezuka" (PDF). Nintendo of America, Inc. May 5, 2006. Archived (PDF) from the original on September 12, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "「ゼルダの伝説 夢をみる島」開発スタッフ名鑑". Nintendo Official Guide Book – The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (in Japanese). Shogakukan Inc. July 1993. p. 121. ISBN 4-09-102448-3.
  3. ^ "10 Game Designers Who Have Been In The Industry For More Than Three Decades". TheGamer. 2019-08-20. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  4. ^ a b "In Conversation: Takashi Tezuka". Businessweek. Bloomberg L.P. June 29, 2007. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
  5. ^ "Classic: Zelda und Link". Club Nintendo (in German). Nintendo of Europe: 72. April 1996.
  6. ^ "Super Mario World and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island".

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