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Hideki Konno
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Born May 13, 1965
Matsudo-City, Chiba-prefecture, Japan
Company Nintendo (since 1986)
University Japan Electronics College
Current Position Manager of EPD Smart Devices Group
First game Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic
Latest game Mario Kart 8 Deluxe


Hideki Konno is a Nintendo producer and the former group manager of Nintendo EAD 1, mostly known for his work on the Mario Kart and Nintendogs series, among other games. He was also the hardware director for the Nintendo 3DS, and worked on most of the connectivity features of the console, like StreetPass and SpotPass.

Currently he works on Nintendo's Smart Phone development group, with Kosuke Yabuki taking over his previous role on EPD's Production Group No. 9.

History

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Hideki Konno holding up a DS with a Mario Bros. shirt on.

At the age of sixteen, Hideki Konno became interested in personal computers, messing around with Japanese PCs and the Apple II. He became intrigued with video games after playing around with some of Apple II's titles. After purchasing the Famicom in Japan, he decided that he wanted to create video games and, after his graduation, joined Nintendo in April 1986.

He explains that the games he's worked on during the age of the NES and SNES hold a special significance to him because of the strife that was involved while making them and the new discoveries that he made. He says that his favorite part of development is when all of the ideas of the team come together when the game is nearly finished.

After developing many games for Nintendo's consoles and handhelds such as Nintendogs, Luigi's Mansion, Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii, Konno went on to become the hardware director for the Nintendo DS's successor, the Nintendo 3DS. He still produced games for EAD Group 1 after that though with Nintendogs + Cats, Mario Kart 7 and Mario Kart 8.

With Nintendo's venture into the mobile market, Hideki Konno went to lead their projects.

List of games

Special Thanks

Interviews

Iwata Asks

Trivia

  • Hideki Konno was interviewed in Nintendo Power V233 as part of the Power Profile feature.
  • He was the Normal Nintendo Staff Ghost for Rainbow Road in Mario Kart Wii
  • He was the Normal Nintendo Staff Ghost for DS Luigi's Mansion in Mario Kart 7

See also

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