Hirokazu Yasuhara, the co-creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, has now officially joined Nintendo. Specifically, Yasuhara will be now working at Nintendo Software Technology, the group responsible for working on titles such as Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem for DS and several other Nintendo-published DSiWare titles. The move has been confirmed both by Nintendo and Yashura himself.
Before joining Nintendo, Yasuhara began his career with Sega in 1988, working as a director and designer for many of the early Sonic titles alongside co-creator Yuji Naka. He has also had stints at Naughty Dog, working on both the Uncharted and Jak & Dexter franchises, as well as spending some time at 2K Sports’ Visual Concepts Entertainment division.
According to his LinkIn profile, Yasuhara left Namco Bandai a bit over a month ago after completing his work on Pac-Man Party for the Wii and before becoming a full-time employee of Nintendo. Nintendo has yet to reveal what Yasuhara will be working on at the time of writing.
Analysis: All I really want to say is that I’m interested in what title that Nintendo has Yasuhara working on. The experience he brings from his work in the industry, especially his work on western titles with developers such as Naughty Dog, would be invaluable to Nintendo, and I can see how this could benefit them greatly. Hopefully, news will arrive shortly about the title the company is currently working on.