During his three decades at Nintendo, Takaya Imamura I’ve worked on some of the company’s most popular games, including F-zeroAnd the Fox starAnd and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. He also designed Tingle, for that, we’ll forever be grateful.
Today, on his own Facebook pageImamura uploaded a selfie taken outside Nintendo’s headquarters in Kyoto and wrote, “This is my last day at work. I took a selfie with the empty desk. I think I won’t come 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.]
Imamura first joined Nintendo in 1989 as a graphic designer, cutting his teeth F-zero. He went to work Fox starModeling characters after mates–Fox McCloud, for example, was based on Shigeru Miyamoto–And to design Tingle. Imamura also worked as a supervisor of Smash Bros.
We thank Imamura for all the wonderful characters and games, I wish him an enjoyable retirement.