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Takashi Iizuka

Also Known As

  • 飯塚 隆

Game Credits


Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 (2020)   (Character Supervisors)
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 (2019)   (Sonic Character Supervisors)
Team Sonic Racing (2019)   (Sonic Series Producer)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)   (Original Game Supervisors (SEGA))
Sonic Forces (2017)   (Sonic Series Producer)
Sonic Mania (2017)   (VP of Product Development and Creative Services)
Sonic Runners: Adventure (2017)   (Sonic Character Supervisors)
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (2016)   (Sonic Character Supervisors)
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (2016)   (Sonic Character Supervisors)
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice (2016)   (Producer)
Sonic Runners (2015)   (Producer)
Tembo the Badass Elephant (2015)   (Supervisors)
Puyo Puyo Tetris (2014)   (Project Support)
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (2014)   (Character Supervisors)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (2014)   (Supervisors (Original Games))
Uta Kumi 575 (2014)   (Project Support (プロジェクトサポート))
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games: So... (2013)   (Sonic Character Supervisors)
Sonic: Lost World (2013)   (Producer)
Sonic: Lost World (2013)   (Producer)
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (2012)   (Producer)
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (2011)   (Sonic Character Supervisors)
Sonic: Generations (2011)   (Producer)
Sonic: Generations (2011)   (Producer)
Sonic: Colors (2010)   (Producer)
Sonic: Colors (2010)   (Producer)
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I (2010)   (Producer)
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (2008)   (General Producers)
NiGHTS into Dreams... (2008)   (Creative Supervisors)
Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (2008)   (Sonic Character Supervisor)
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (2007)   (General Producers)
NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams (2007)   (Producer)
Sonic Rivals 2 (2007)   (Project Director)
Shadow the Hedgehog (2005)   (Director)
Sonic Adventure DX (Director's Cut) (2003)   (Director)
Sonic Adventure (1998)   (Director)


Sonic Colors: Ultimate (2021)   (Sonic Creative Officer)
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (2009)   (Director)
NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams (2007)   (Lead Game Designer)
Sonic Rivals 2 (2007)   (Concept Design)
Sonic Rivals (2006)   (Project Director)
Shadow the Hedgehog (2005)   (Lead Game Designer)
Sonic Adventure DX (Director's Cut) (2003)   (Mission Mode Game Designers)
Sonic Heroes (2003)   (Director)
Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)   (Director)
Sonic Adventure 2: Battle (2001)   (Director)
Sonic Adventure (1998)   (Mission Mode Game Designers)
Sonic Jam (1997)   (Director)
Sonic R (1997)   (Game Design Director)
Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams... (1996)   (Game Designers)
NiGHTS into Dreams... (1996)   (Lead Game Designer)
Sonic 3D Blast (1996)   (Game Concept Design (SOJ))
Sonic & Knuckles (1994)   (Senior Game Designers)
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994)   (Senior Game Designers)
Golden Axe III (1993)   (Planner)


Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994)   (Senior Programmers)


Sonic: Free Riders (2010)   (Scenario Supervisors)
Sonic Rivals 2 (2007)   (Scenario Writer)


Sonic Mania (2017)   (Animation Supervisors)
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (2014)   (Character Supervisors)
Sonic Adventure (1998)   (Field Designers)


Sonic Heroes (2003)   (CG Movie Director)


Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity (2008)   (Recording Coordinators)
Sonic Riders (2006)   (Recording Coordinators)


Puyo Puyo Chronicle (2016)   (Project Support)
Puyo Puyo Tetris (2014)   (Project Support)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014)   (Supervisors (Original Games))
Sonic: Free Riders (2010)   (Sonic Character Supervisors)
ChuChu Rocket! (1999)   (Product Support)


Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 (2020)   (Special Thanks)
SEGA Genesis Mini (2019)   (Special Thanks)
Sonic Racing (2019)   (Special Thanks)
Puyo Puyo Champions (2018)   (Special Thanks)
Sonic Forces (2017)   (Special Thanks)
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice (2016)   (Sanzaru Special Thanks)
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal (2014)   (Sanzaru Special Thanks)
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure (2012)   (Special Thanks)
Puyo Puyo: 20th Anniversary (2011)   (Special Thanks)
Sonic CD (2011)   (Special Thanks)
Puyo Puyo 7 (2009)   (Special Thanks)
Sonic and the Black Knight (2009)   (Special Thanks)
SEGA Superstars Tennis (2008)   (Special Thanks)
Sonic: Unleashed (2008)   (Level Design Special Thanks)
Sonic and the Secret Rings (2007)   (Special Thanks)
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)   (Special Thanks )
Sonic: Gems Collection (2005)   (Special Thanks)
Sonic Mega Collection Plus (2004)   (Special Thanks)
Sonic Mega Collection (2002)   (Special Thanks)
Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)   (Special Thanks)
Wizardry: The Return of Werdna - The Fourth Scenario (1989)   (Special thanks to)


SEGA Heroes (2018)   (Sonic the Hedgehog)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed (2012)   (CS2 R&D)
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing (2010)   (CS2 R&D)
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing (2010)   (CS2 R&D)
SEGA Superstars Tennis (2008)   (Sonic Team)

Developer Biography

Where Hirokazu Yasuhara left off, Takashi Iizuka picked up. He worked directly under Yasuhara in the design of Sonic 3, and has since taken the reigns of the series.

Sonic Adventure, the 3D rebirth of the little blue hedgehog that started it all, was the product of Iizuka's idea for a Sonic RPG. After the successful completion of that project, Iizuka headed to the US to head Sonic Team USA. Over in San Francisco, he was director, lead game designer and a level designer for Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes, and Shadow the Hedgehog. He and his team developed the Wii game NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams. Due to Yuji Naka's departure from Sonic Team, he has taken the additional role of producer for the game.

Last updated: Aug 30, 2021

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