You might have seen a bit more of him in recent Nintendo Direct showings, but to date there’s been a massive hero hiding at the Nintendo headquarters. While Shigeru Miyamoto receives all the accolades for all the great Mario games he’s worked on and supervised (and rightfully so), people have not quite taken the time discover one of the biggest and brightest developers on their team, Yoshiaki Koizumi.
Since Satoru Iwata’s recent passing Yoshiaki Koizumi has been the man that has been presenting you the Nintendo Direct videos. Like Iwata he’s humble and, most importantly, is a gamer at heart. He’s been brought through the ranks as a developer at Nintendo and is a person of many talents. Early on in his career he took on many roles. He was the illustrator for Super Mario Kart, the script writer for The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, assistant director for Super Mairo 64 and 3D system director for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. That’s quite the track record, but the real amazing stuff only came through when he got put in charge.
Do you credit Mr Miyamoto for the fantastic Super Mario Galaxy? He had a ‘designer’ role to play but Koizumi was the director of the classic and producer of its sequel. He’s the real hero that brought you what is considered today as the best 3D Mario game money can buy. There is of course more.
He directed Super Mario Sunshine and Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat, and since produced Super Mario 3D Land, Super Mario 3D World and he’s also the producer behind the much anticipated and upcoming Super Mario Odyssey. If ever there is a ‘Mr Mario’ at Nintendo it’s him.
Nintendo has this way of producing absolute legends and Yoshiaki Koizumi is one such legend. Next time you play 3D game of Mario, remember the name ‘Yoshiaki Koizumi’. The Deputy General Manager of Nintendo EPD is absolutely brilliant and has justified all the praise that heads his way. At least you’ll now also be well aware just who the guy is presenting those quirky Nintendo Direct videos.