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Tezuka in 2015
|Alma mater||Osaka University of Arts|
|Title||Executive Officer at Nintendo EPD|
A graduate of the Design Department of Osaka University of Arts, he joined the company in April 1984 and was involved with some of the most critically acclaimed Nintendo series, including Mario and The Legend of Zelda. 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. 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.
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
- "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.
- "「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.
- "In Conversation: Takashi Tezuka". Businessweek. Bloomberg L.P. June 29, 2007. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
- "Classic: Zelda und Link". Club Nintendo (in German). Nintendo of Europe: 72. April 1996.
- "Super Mario World and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island".