Star Fox, Smash Bros. & The Legend of Zelda Veteran Nintendo Artist Takaya Imamura Announces Retirement
Takaya Imamura – the artist behind Starfox and F-Zero – announced his retirement from Nintendo on his Facebook page.
He was the main art director and designer for Star Fox and F-Zero, reportedly basing Fox’s design on Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto. The artist joined the company in 1989 and has also worked on The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Majora’s mask. He was responsible for designing the flamboyant Zelda character Tingle, as well as that horrifying apocalyptic moon.
He would later become a director at EAD No.5, where he directed and completed art for the Steel Driver series and Tank Troopers. Imamura took a selfie in front of the currently uninhabited Nintendo HQ, and had this to say about his retirement: “This is my last day going to work. I took a selfie with the empty office. I guess I won’t be coming in here anymore. As you’d expect, I’ll miss it.” (translated by Kotaku)