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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)

The last titles he worked on include the latest Super Smash Bros. and Star Link: Battle For Atlas.

Takaya Imamura Nintendo HQ
Takaya Imamura

His exit will mark the end of a thirty-two-year tenure with the company.
Imamura interacted with fans on his page, thanking them for their support.

Are you a fan of Imamura’s work with the company? Let us know below.
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The Nine-Tailed Fox

I’m definitely a fan of his work since I’m a huge fan of both F-Zero and Star Fox. It’s a shame that so many great people are leaving companies these days, but I wish him good luck as a freelancer.

I also hope that Star Fox and F-Zero will continue to stay relevant even though the latter hasn’t seen a new game in almost two decades. Fox McCloud and Captain Falcon are two of the original 12 Super Smash Bros. fighters that have been in every game in the series. It would suck to see both characters cut out in future games. Especially since they’re two of the most popular and fan favorite fighters in the roster.

Despite Imamura leaving Nintendo, hopefully he will have a successor that will take his place that cares about both of these franchises.

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