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Yoshio Sakamoto
Yoshio Sakamoto (2016)
Born July 23, 1959
Company Nintendo EPD
Current Position Executive Officer
First game Donkey Kong Jr.
Latest game Miitomo

Yoshio Sakamoto is a game designer who works at Nintendo. He is best known for his work on the Metroid series. His first video game was Donkey Kong on the Game & Watch where he designed the barrels. Following this, he worked on several Game & Watch games and worked on Donkey Kong Jr. He worked on several classic Nintendo Entertainment System games including Metroid and Kid Icarus. He became very well known after he directed the Super Nintendo Entertainment System classic Super Metroid. He followed up on that game by heading a couple of Virtual Boy titles, only to return to the Metroid series later with Metroid Fusion, Metroid: Zero Mission and Metroid: Other M. In the mean time, he started working on the WarioWare series, which led to future wacky games in Rhythm Heaven and Tomodachi Collection.

In late 2011 , Sakamoto was promoted from his position as head of Software Planning and Development Group 1, to the Deputy General Manager of the Software Planning and Development Department an later Executive Officer in the Nintendo Entertainment Planning and Development Department


Video Game System Role
Donkey Kong Game & Watch Graphic Designer
Donkey Kong Jr. Arcade


Snoopy Game & Watch Designer
Mario's Bombs Away Game & Watch Designer
Donkey Kong Circus Game & Watch Designer
Balloon Fight Arcade Designer
Wrecking Crew Arcade Designer
Gumshoe NES

Lead Designer

Metroid NES

Lead Designer

Kid Icarus NES Designer
Nakayama Miho no Tokimeki High School Famicom Disk System Director
Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir Famicom Disk System Director
Famicom Detective Club Part II: The Girl in the Back Famicom Disk System Scenario Designer
Balloon Kid Game Boy/Game Boy Color Director
For the Frog the Bell Tolls Game Boy Scenario Designer
Hello Kitty World NES Special Thanks
X Game Boy Director
Super Metroid SNES Director
Teleroboxer Virtual Boy Director
Galactic Pinball Virtual Boy Special Thanks
Game & Watch Gallery Game Boy Adviser
BS Tantei Club: Yuki ni Kieta Kako Satellaview Coordinator
Game Boy Camera Game Boy Designer
Famicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shōjo SNES Director
Trotting Hamtaro: The Great Friendship Plan Game Boy Color Director
Trade & Battle: Card Hero Game Boy Color Director
Wario Land 4 Game Boy Advance Supervisor
Super Smash Bros. Melee GameCube Special Thanks
Metroid Fusion Game Boy Advance Director
Metroid Prime GameCube

Special Thanks

Wario World GameCube Adviser
Metroid: Zero Mission Game Boy Advance Director
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes GameCube Special Thanks
WarioWare: Touched! Nintendo DS Producer
WarioWare: Twisted! Game Boy Advance Producer
Play-Yan Game Boy Advance Producer
Metroid Prime Pinball Nintendo DS Special Thanks
Rhythm Heaven Game Boy Advance Producer
WarioWare: Smooth Moves Wii Producer
Picross DS Nintendo DS Supervisor
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Wii Special Thanks
High Speed Card Battle: Card Hero Nintendo DS Producer
Rhythm Heaven Nintendo DS General Producer
Bird & Beans DSiWare Producer
Paper Airplane Chase DSiWare Producer
Friend Collection Nintendo DS Producer
DSi Metronome DSiWare Producer
DSi Instrument Tuner DSiWare Producer
Metroid Prime Trilogy Wii Special Thanks
WarioWare: D.I.Y. Nintendo DS Producer
WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase WiiWare Producer
Card Hero: Speed Battle Custom DSiWare Producer
Metroid: Other M Wii Producer
Rhythm Heaven Fever Wii General Producer
Pushmo eShop Special Thanks
Kiki Trick Wii Supervisor
Game & Wario Wii U Producer
Tomodachi Life Nintendo 3DS Producer
Rhythm Heaven Megamix Nintendo 3DS General Producer
Miitomo Mobile General Producer


Iwata Asks: WarioWare: Smooth Moves

Iwata Asks: Metroid: Other M

Iwata Asks: Kiki Trick (translated by NintendoWorldReport)

Iwata Asks: Hironobu Sakaguchi x Yoshio Sakamoto

Iwata Asks: Game & Wario

Q&A: Metroid Creator’s Early 8-Bit Days at Nintendo (Wired)

Nintendo Topic: Famicom Mini Interviews: Balloon Fight (Japanese)

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