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Takaya Imamura, The Man Who Designed Tingle, Has Retired From Nintendo – Kotaku

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In his three many years at Nintendo, Takaya Imamura labored on a few of the firm’s most iconic video games, together with F-Zero, Star Fox, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Masks. He additionally designed Tingle, and for that, we will probably be ceaselessly grateful.

At the moment, on his Facebook page, Imamura uploaded a selfie taken outdoors Nintendo’s Kyoto headquarters and wrote, “That is my final day going to work. I took a selfie with the empty workplace. I assume I gained’t be coming in right here anymore. As you’d anticipate, I’ll miss it.” Imamura expressed his gratitude for the previous 32 years.

[Note that he mentioned the company is empty because many Nintendo staffers are working from home due to the pandemic.]

Imamura first joined Nintendo in 1989 as a graphic designer, the place he lower his enamel on F-Zero. He went on to work on Star Fox, modeling the characters after his colleagues: Fox McCloud, for instance, was primarily based on Shigeru Miyamoto, and to design Tingle. Imamura additionally served as a supervisor on Smash Bros.

We thank Imamura for all the good characters and video games and need him an pleasurable retirement.

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