Legendary producer Takehiro Izushi has announced his retirement from Nintendo after almost half a century with the Japanese electronics giant.
The long-serving producer initially joined Nintendo as an engineer in 1975 before eventually working his way into video game development with later credit for some of Nintendo’s biggest IPs including Donkey Kong, Kirby, Wario, Metroid and Fire Emblem.
In 1997, Izushi would be promoted to General Manager of Nintendo R&D1 following the departure of Game Boy creator Gunpei Yokoi where he would work on a couple of Nintendo titles: Kirby’s Dream Land 3 and Kirby’s Star Stacker before moving up once again to become a producer, a role he served well for almost 20 years.
Towards the end of his illustrious career with Nintendo, Izushi departed his role as producer to hold a position in the companies General Affairs Division in 2014 before his retirement announcement this year. Izushi was last credited for his work as a supervisor for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U in 2014.
We salute you Izushi-san!