Takashi Tezuka

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Takashi Tezuka
Takashi Tezuka
Takashi Tezuka from an Iwata Asks video
Born November 17, 1960 (age 63)
Super Mario–related role(s) Executive Officer of EPD, Nintendo Co., Ltd.
“I have never consciously separated casual users and hardcore gamers when I design a game. For the past 20 years, I have always been trying to make games so that anyone -- as many people as possible -- can enjoy them... I cannot help but say that I love my job of making games from the bottom of my heart.”
Takashi Tezuka

Takashi Tezuka (in Japanese: 手塚 卓志), sometimes credited under the name Ten Ten, is a veteran video game designer currently working for Nintendo. As a graduate of the Design Department of Osaka University of Arts, he joined Nintendo in 1984 and set to work alongside Shigeru Miyamoto, creating some of the company's most iconic characters and games, such as Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda.

Tezuka currently holds the position of Executive Officer of Nintendo EPD, and he previously served as General Manager of Nintendo EAD alongside Miyamoto.

Some of Tezuka's better known works including the writing of the script and story for The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, being the senior designer for Super Mario Bros. 3, and leading the production of the animated movie Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyūshutsu Dai Sakusen![citation needed]

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  • Tezuka's favorite Super Mario character is Lakitu.[2]
  • Tezuka's wife was the inspiration for the Boo enemy. This is because she is often very shy, but then she became angry at him one day for spending too much time at work.[3]