Takaya Imamura, The Man Who Designated Tingle, Retired from Nintendo


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In his three decades at Nintendo, Takaya Imamura Worked on some of the company’s most iconic sports including F zero, star Fox, And The Legend of Zelda: Meja’s Mask. He also designed Tingle, and for that, we will be forever grateful.

Today, on her Facebook page, Imamura uploaded a selfie taken outside Nintendo’s Kyoto headquarters and wrote, “This is my last day.” I took a selfie with an empty office. I think I will not come here now. I will miss it as you expect. “Imamura expressed gratitude for the last 32 years.

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

Imamura first joined Nintendo in 1989 as a graphic designer, where he cut his teeth F zero. He went to work star FoxModeling the characters after his colleagues: Fox McCloud, for example, was based on Shigeru Miamoto, and to design Tingle. Imamura also served as supervisor Booty.

We thank Imamura for all the great characters and games and wish him a happy retirement.

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