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• 39. Ryozo Tsujimoto, Capcom Hit-Maker

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April 27, 2012 Update: Capcom makes a return to Power 40. Resident Evil 6 is shaping up to hopefully be a solid title in the much-loved franchise, while March's release of Operation Raccoon City was met with strong sale numbers.


Why He's Powerful

His dad is the CEO. His brother, the president. You'd think with family ties like that, game producer Ryozo Tsujimoto could phone it in. This Tsujimoto does anything but. He produces one of Capcom's, and perhaps Japan's, most successful games, Monster Hunter. While his father seems more preoccupied with his winery, Ryozo is all about making games.


Internally at Capcom, staffers whisper that Ryozo has the golden touch. Monster Hunter is nothing short of a cultural phenomena in Japan. The MH games have sold over 19 million copies, the lion's share in Japan. While Monster Hunter never conquered the West, it is such a huge game that the mere announcement that Monster Hunter 4 was 3DS, and not PS Vita-bound, provided a glimmer of hope for 3DS owners during an otherwise-ominous early autumn.

And for Capcom fans, the possibility that this Tsujimoto—a producer with a stellar track record making games and not just business deals—could helm the company should provide a glimmer of hope for them.

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