Yoshio Sakamoto
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Born July 23, 1959
Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan
Company Nintendo (since 1982)
University Osaka University of Arts
Current Position Senior Officer of EPD
First game Donkey Kong (Game & Watch)
Latest game Metroid: Samus Returns

Yoshio Sakamoto is a game designer who works at Nintendo. He joined the comapny in 1982 and initially worked at the R&D1 department.

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 assisted Shigeru Miyamoto 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


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