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Satoru Takizawa
Satoru Takizawa
Born 1972
Nagano, Japan
Company Nintendo (since 1995)
University Musashino Art University
Current Position Art Director
First game Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Latest game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Satoru Takizawa is an art director at Nintendo, who has worked mainly on The Legend of Zelda series. He is mostly known for designing various villains on the series (like Ganondorf), as well as for being the main responsible for the artstyle of Twilight Princess and Breath of the Wild.

Biography

As a kid, Satoru was interested in drawings comics rather than playing the Famicom (NES). In fact, the only times he'd ever play video games was at his friends' house, as he himself didn't own one. After constructing a comic, he'd pass it around his class at school for the others to read.

In college, Satoru would develop CG effects for his friends' projects, but still wasn't interested in video games. After being introduced to the Super Famicom and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, he apparently knew that he had to work at Nintendo after seeing the possibilities video games had.

Unagi

Unagi was one of Satoru's earliest creatures.

When he finally got a job, his first project was a minor task - to create the logo of the international version of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island for the SNES. When the Nintendo 64 was released, the company needed a lot of people for 3D design, and they turned to none other than Satoru Takizawa, whom had worked on 3D designs prior to coming to Nintendo. His first works on 3D design were enemies in Super Mario 64, including Klepto the Condor, Unagi the eel, and the Manta Ray.

Come Star Fox 64, he was already working not only on bosses but landscapes as well. The bosses he designed include Goras in Titania, Bacoon in Aquas, Sarumarine in Zoness and Mechbeth in Macbeth. According to him, the technology that he used during Star Fox 64 was unheard of while he was attending university.

One of his most important tasks during the Nintendo 64 era was creating Ganondorf and other enemies in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, notably Twinrova. Designing Twinrova was apparently a challenge for him, as the scenario writer made the scenes with the characters funny, and he was afraid that he couldn't live up to that standard, though Shigeru Miyamoto liked it and ultimately put it in the game. While he claims that that was one of the more challenging moments, he also says that designing a cel-shaded Moblin was also hard work.

For The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for the Wii and GameCube, Satoru was the art director for the game. After having a mostly supervisory role in other titles of the franchise, he would reprise that role in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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