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Takaya Imamura, The Man Who Designed Tingle, Has Retired From Nintendo

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In his three decades at Nintendo, Takaya Imamura worked on some of the company’s most iconic games, including F-Zero, Star Fox, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. He also designed Tingle, and for that, we will be forever grateful.

Today, on his Facebook page, Imamura uploaded a selfie taken outside Nintendo’s Kyoto headquarters and wrote, “This is my last day going to work. I took a selfie with the empty office. I guess I won’t be coming in here anymore. As you’d expect, I’ll miss it.” Imamura expressed his gratitude for the past 32 years.

[Note that he mentioned the offices are empty because many Nintendo staffers are working from home due to the pandemic.]

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Imamura first joined Nintendo in 1989 as a graphic designer, where he cut his teeth on F-Zero. He went on to work on Star Fox, modeling the characters after his colleagues—Fox McCloud, for example, was based on Shigeru Miyamoto—and to design Tingle. Imamura also served as a supervisor on Smash Bros.

We thank Imamura for all the great characters and games, and wish him an enjoyable retirement.