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Sonic Creator Joins Nintendo Team

By Kevin on Apr 04 2012 05:27 PM
Sonic the Hedgehog creator, Hirokazu Yasuhara, has just joined Nintendo of America. While his new specific role has not yet been revealed, Yasuhara will be working with the Nintendo Software Technology (NST) division, a North American Nintendo subsidiary. The Nintendo Software Technology division is well-known for several Nintendo-published DSiWare titles and most recently, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem for the Nintendo DS.

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Yasuhara started his career in 1988 with Sega. There, he worked in tandem with co-creator of Sonic, Yuji Naka as the game planner and designer for a number of original Sonic the Hedgehog titles for the Sega Genesis and Sega Saturn. Most recently before his move to Nintendo, he was the senior design director at Namco Bandai Games America. There, he helped create Pac-Man Party, a mini-game collection for the Nintendo Wii.

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Comments: 9

I'm not really sure how I feel about this. Sonic was a great character and a great game, but time hasn't been too nice to it. If Yasuhara does make something new, he needs to keep people from making changes, and let it be the greatness that is.
I don't think Yasuhara has anything to do with Sonic's decline. Judging from the article, it appears he left the franchise during the days of the Saturn.
Yay the 2 things I like sonic and nintendo.

Btw what is this "decline" you speak of? O:
I see no such thing.
With Sonic Generations being the exception, the past few games haven't had that same Sonic feel.

View PostLelunic, on 04 April 2012 - 10:28 PM, said:

Yay the 2 things I like sonic and nintendo.

Btw what is this "decline" you speak of? O:
I see no such thing.

Beginning with Sonic Heroes, there was a massive decline in the quality of Sonic titles. Only recently has the franchise climbed back into respectability.

View PostChris, on 05 April 2012 - 07:29 AM, said:

Beginning with Sonic Heroes, there was a massive decline in the quality of Sonic titles. Only recently has the franchise climbed back into respectability.
eh opinions opinions. :rolleyes: The only true bad Sonic game i've seen so far is Sonic the Hedgehog 06.
I feel that sonic slighlty declined after sonic heros as well.. i love sonic adventure one and two alot, still do, but sonic has declined a bit.. has anyone noticed that sonic songs all have lyrics while mario ones dont?

View PostSkitty843, on 15 June 2012 - 11:45 PM, said:

...has anyone noticed that sonic songs all have lyrics while mario ones dont?

I feel...sad now. How...could you? :(

Well I don't think either of them need it its just something I noticed