Sonic Co-Creator Hirokazu Yasuhara Joins Nintendo

Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator Hirokazu Yasuhara has officially joined the ranks of Nintendo, Sega’s old business rival in the 90’s, settling into NoA’s Nintendo Software Technology branch. While both Nintendo and Yasuhara have indeed confirmed the move, no details as to what is Yasuhara’s new role have been revealed yet.

To Sonic and Sega fans, Yasuhara is best recognized for creating Sonic the Hedgehog alongside Yuji Naka and Naoto Ōshima, working within SEGA as director, designer, and game planner for the Genesis and Saturn entries of the series. While he is known for his work from Sonic 1 through Sonic R, his portfolio also extends to other popular games such as Naughty Dog’s Jak and Daxter and Uncharted franchises, as well as the Pacman 30th Anniversary arcade game for Namco-Bandai.

Source: Gamasutra

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  1. Imagine…now Nintendo’s games may actually look better because of this.Poor Sonic,though!He’ll miss Yashura!

  2. I might sound like a complete 90’s kid saying this, but a part of me is seriously screaming “TRAITOR!!!!!” at this news…

    1. Spoken for truth.

      It is a business after all, and being Sega’s recent actions lately, it was a good move.

  3. How come I got this strange feeling that we’ll be seeing more Sonic games in a Nintendo system in the future?

  4. Oh for the love of…. this is not a big deal people.

    Yasuhara has looong cut his ties to SEGA and Sonic years ago. In truth, I see it as Nintendo hiring the guy who create awesome level design in Uncharted the director of Pacman Championship. Imagine what set pieces he can do in a game like say…Zelda. Or a trippy F-Zero game…YES!

      1. Have you played Uncharted? He’s part of the reason why it plays so much like a movie. He’s a good director and designer.

  5. This goes well with the rumors that Sega is restructuring NST into a top tier studio. Yasuhara was being absolutely wasted at Namco, so I’m glad to see he’s somewhere where he can actually operate.

    This is fantastic news.

  6. Sad if you were around playing games in the golden era, but awesome that he has found a great home.

  7. Why did Sonic’s 3 creators had to leave, that Iizuka really wanted to rule like Fidel Castro.

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