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Shinya Kumazaki
Shinya Kumazaki
Born May 21, 1979
Company HAL Laboratory (since 2001)
Current Position Designer (2003; 2005)

Director (2008 - 2014)

General Director (2016 - present)

First game Kirby Air Ride
Latest game Kirby Star Allies


Shinya Kumazaki is an employee of HAL Laboratory. He joined the company in 2001 and originally worked on course design on Kirby Air Ride and the Drawcia story and battles on Kirby Canvas Curse. He became the main director of the Kirby series with Super Star Ultra, succeeding Shinichi Shimomura.

Kumazaki considers "devices, maps, and tough boss battles" the essential components of quality action games. His favorite main series and spin-off Kirby games are Kirby's Adventure and Kirby Air Ride, respectively.

He also voices King Dedede in all Kirby games since Return to Dream Land, filling in as the voice actor for Masahiro Sakurai, who voiced the character on previous titles.

Kumazaki's Kirby games are notable for incorporating elements that call back to past installments, as well as having engaging and scholarly stories that allude to deep lore in the franchise.

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