Personnel Listing - Software Planning & Development Division (SPD)

The personnel database is a collection of Nintendo or Nintendo related personnel profiles from all over the world. Much of the information gathered from the personnel comes through extensive research and analysis. The driving force behind this section was to showcase the large talent pool of developers working on Nintendo games. It is far bigger than the three or four men that appear on stage during the annual E3 convention shows. Please credit our website if you plan on borrowing any material. As with all of our sections and features, stay tuned for regular updates. Please enjoy the plethora of content and be encouraged to submit any additional information to our public forums.

Currently tracking 112 active employees at SPD Division.


Name Entry Position Division Office Recent Work
- Executive -
Satoru Iwata 2000 President Kyoto, Japan
Shinya Takahashi 1991 General Manager SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Amiibo (29)
Yoshio Sakamoto 1981 Deputy Manager SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (28)
Ty Katori 2005 Assistant Manager SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Fortune Street (8)
Hiroji Kiyotake 1983 Assistant Manager SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Pushmo (34)
Akira Otani 2000 Assistant Manager SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (11)
Toru Osawa 1985 Assistant Manager SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memory (21)
- Production -
Goro Abe 1999 Group Manager SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Game & Wario (14)
Toshiharu Izuno 1998 Group Manager SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memory (16)
Satoshi Kira 1996 Group Manager SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tokyo Crash Mobs (10)
Toyokazu Nonaka 2005 Group Manager SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Yoshi's New Island (13)
Hiroshi Sato 1990 Group Manager SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Mario Party: Island Tour (26)
Keisuke Terasaki 1990 Group Manager SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Art Academy: Sketch Pad (18)
Katsuya Yamano 1991 Group Manager SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (14)
- Design -
Yurie Hattori 2006 Project Leader SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Wii Karaoke U (10)
Takehiko Hosokawa 1991 Project Leader SPD Division Kyoto, Japan StreetPass Mii Plaza Vol. 2 (23)
Shingo Matsushita 2006 Project Leader SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Bayonetta 2 (9)
Takao Nakano 2006 Project Leader SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Dr. Luigi (27)
Akiya Sakamoto 1998 Project Leader SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (13)
Noriyuki Sato 1991 Project Leader SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (14)
Risa Tabata 2001 Project Leader SPD Division Kyoto, Japan
Ryutaro Takahashi 2003 Project Leader SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (9)
Yoshinori Tsuchiyama 1990 Project Leader SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Mario Party: Island Tour (16)
Emi Watanabe 2003 Project Leader SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Mario Party: Island Tour (13)
Genki Yokota 2005 Project Leader SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Fossil Fighters Frontier (10)
Kaori Ando 2005 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Pokémon Conquest (19)
Hideaki Araki 2008 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Fire Emblem: Awakening (12)
Yoshiaki Onishi 2010 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Yoshi's New Island (3)
Yuji Ichijo 2005 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Kirby: Mass Attack (12)
Etsushi Iizuka 2008 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Fotune Street (6)
Yoshihito Ikebata 1996 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (24)
Takako Ito 2006 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Dr. Luigi (6)
Takayoshi Katori 2000 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Hyrule Warriors (5)
Masahiko Mashimo 1990 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tokyo Crash Mobs (13)
Kodai Matsumoto 2010 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (6)
Kaori Miyachi 2007 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (5)
Kenta Nakanishi 2008 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Fire Emblem: Awakening (8)
Shuichi Narusawa 2004 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tingle's Balloon Fight DS (6)
Toshihiko Okamoto 2003 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (15)
Tomomi Sano 2004 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (14)
Masahiro Shiotani 2010 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan StreetPass Mii Plaza Vol. 2 (4)
Ryunosuke Suzuki 2002 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Wii Sports Club (15)
Yutaka Takehisa 2002 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan The Last Story (15)
Kenshiro Ueda 2000 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Picross 3D (21)
Hiroyuki Yamada 1990 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Pushmo World (30)
Tomohiro Yamamura 2009 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Mario Tennis Open (8)
Sakae Yamazaki 1998 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 (15)
Yusuke Yamasoto 2011 Coordinator SPD Division Kyoto, Japan
- Art -
Takuto Gocho 2012 Graphic Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (2)
Akari Hishinuma 2011 Graphic Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (4)
Sachiko Ikeda 2004 Graphic Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (9)
Katsuhiko Kanno 1996 Graphic Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Game & Wario (14)
Io Kurihara 2011 Graphic Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (3)
Ami Makino 2008 Graphic Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (4)
Mikio Mishima 1991 Graphic Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (13)
Fumiko Miyamoto 2000 Graphic Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (11)
Takayasu Morisawa 2000 Graphic Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Fire Emblem: Awakening (12)
Masayuki Okada 2003 Graphic Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Game & Wario (7)
Mai Okamoto 2005 Graphic Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (7)
Naoko Okamoto 2000 Graphic Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (12)
Kyohei Seki 2006 Graphic Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (8)
Asako Shibata 2011 Graphic Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (3)
Yasuhiro Takao 2011 Graphic Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (4)
Naoki Yamada 2012 Graphic Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (1)
Ryoko Yamazaki 2008 Graphic Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (5)
Arisa Yanagi 2011 Graphic Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (3)
Chiaki Aida 2005 Technical Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (8)
Yuri Adachi 2005 Technical Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Mario Kart 8 (16)
Naoko Ayabe 2008 Technical Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (14)
Kanae Dohta 2007 Technical Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (9)
Jin Ikeda 1997 Technical Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Animal Crossing: New Leaf (14)
Sota Kagino 2008 Technical Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Mario Party 9 (7)
Akiko Kato 2007 Technical Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Super Mario 3D World (8)
Kosei Kitamura 2010 Technical Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (4)
Hitoshi Kobayashi 1998 Technical Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Game & Wario (10)
Shigehisa Nakaue 2004 Technical Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Mario Kart 8 (21)
Yo Onishi 2004 Technical Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Staff Credits - Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) (5)
Aya Oyama 2003 Technical Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Mario Sports Mix (15)
Chiharu Sakiyama 2001 Technical Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Animal Crossing: New Leaf (21)
Takayoshi Sato 2012 Technical Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Mario vs Donkey Kong: Minis On The Move (1)
Tsuyoshi Watanabe 2013 Technical Artist SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Staff Credits - Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) (15)
- Cinema -
Tomoe Aratani 2010 Cinematographer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (9)
Motoaki Fukuda 2004 Cinematographer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Kiki Trick (7)
Ryo Hamada 2011 Cinematographer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Kiki Trick (3)
Hiroki Hirano 2010 Cinematographer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Mario Kart 8 (7)
Shintaro Kashiwagi 2010 Cinematographer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Kiki Trick (3)
Takumi Kawagoe 1989 Cinematographer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (24)
Hiroyasu Kuwabura 1996 Cinematographer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Kiki Trick (21)
Naoki Mori 1989 Cinematographer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Kiki Trick (21)
Shigeki Yoshida 2006 Cinematographer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (10)
- Technology -
Masahiro Kawano 1991 Game Programmer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (14)
Takafumi Masaoka 2005 Game Programmer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (6)
Eisaku Nakae 2001 Game Programmer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (7)
Masanori Nakagawa 2005 Game Programmer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (5)
Ryusuke Niitani 2007 Game Programmer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Wii Play Motion (6)
Kazuyoshi Osawa 1999 Game Programmer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Wii Play Motion (9)
Hayuru Soma 2010 Game Programmer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (2)
Masanori Unno 2007 Game Programmer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (3)
Masaki Wada 2008 Game Programmer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (5)
Makoto Okazaki 2011 Technical Programmer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Pokémon Conquest (2)
Ken Kato 2006 Technical Programmer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Metroid: Other M (7)
Kyohei Minato 2012 Technical Programmer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan The Wonderful 101 (2)
- Audio -
Minako Hamano 1993 Musician SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Miiverse (21)
Asuka Ito 2007 Musician SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (9)
Daisuke Matsuoka 2008 Musician SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Nintendo 3DS Guide Louvre (6)
Shinobu Nagata 1991 Musician SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Kiki Trick (14)
Daisuke Shiiba 2008 Musician SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Style Savvy: Trendsetters (12)
Toshiyuki Sudo 2003 Musician SPD Division Kyoto, Japan NES Remix (11)
Masaru Tajima 1996 Musician SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Dr. Luigi (22)
Shinji Ushiroda 2008 Musician SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Kiki Trick (6)
Hiromitsu Fujikawa 2010 Sound Engineer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Mario Kart 8 (4)
Takahiko Fujita 2008 Sound Engineer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Tomodachi Collection 2 (3)
Ryu Tamura 2008 Sound Engineer SPD Division Kyoto, Japan Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (3)



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