|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 a graphic designer at Nintendo. He started working at the company during the days of the Nintendo 64. His first project was designing the logo for the international version of the SNES video game Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.
He is better known for his design work on The Legend of Zelda series since Ocarina of Time; after designing enemies for various games in the franchise (including the main antagonist Ganondorf), eventually he would become the main art director of Twilight Princess and Breath of the Wild.
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.
When he finally got a job, his first project was a minor task - to create the logo for 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.
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995) - Logo Designer [note: uncredited]
- Super Mario 64 (1996) - 3D Animator
- Star Fox 64 (1997) - Graphic Designer
- 1080° Snowboarding (1998) - Voice Samples
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) - Character Design
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (2000) - Enemy Design
- Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001) - Original Game Staff (Character Design: Ganondorf) [note: miscredited as Satoshi Takizawa]
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002) - Design Manager
- Pokémon Box: Ruby & Sapphire (2003) - Designer
- The Legend of Zelda: Navi Trackers (2004) - Design Director
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006) - Art Director
- Link's Crossbow Training (2007) - Design Support
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008) - Supervisor (Original Games)
- ExciteBots: Trick Racing (2009) - Art Advisor
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (2011) - Graphics Supervisor
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (2011) - Design Support
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition (2012) - Collaboration Contents Advisor
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (2013) - HD Refining Art Director
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U (2014) - Supervisor (Original Games)
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (2016) - Art Supervisor
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017) - Art Director, Supervisor: Art (The Champions' Ballad)