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Star Fox and F-Zero Character Designer Takaya Imamura Leaves Nintendo After 32 Years

Star Fox and F-Zero Character Designer Takaya Imamura Leaves Nintendo After 32 Years - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 05 February 2021 / 1,489 Views

Takaya Imamura announced on Facebook he has left Nintendo after working at the company for 32 years. 

"Today is my last day coming to work," Imamura said. "I took a selfie with the empty office building. It feels pretty sad to think about not coming here anymore… Hats off to myself for 32 years of hard work!"

Imamura was a designer on the original F-Zero and Star Fox games. He was the character designer for Captain Falcon and Fox McCloud, art director on Star Fox 64, chief designer on F-Zero X, art director on The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, among many other roles.

Star Fox and F-Zero Character Designer Takaya Imamura Leaves Nintendo After 32 Years

Thanks, Gematsu.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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5 Comments
Fight-the-Streets (on 20 January 2021)

Congratulations and thank you for you hard and long work! After 32 years it surely feels strange to not come back to a place where you loved to work. All the best for your new life!

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GoOnKid (on 20 January 2021)

'Imamura, we are in your debt! I would be honored to have you in charge of the Cornerian ... '
'Oh no, Sir. I prefer doing things my own way!'
Rob sounds: 'Great Fox is ready to go.'
'It's time for me to go now!'

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KLAMarine (on 20 January 2021)

32 years! Wow!

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INCITATUSBR (on 20 January 2021)

great work! mainly as art director on The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

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VMCJonCarter (on 21 January 2021)

Man! He deserves a well earned Retirement i know that, Thanks for making the characters of Captain Falcon and Fox McCloud.

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