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Gunpei Yokoi

Also Known As

  • Gunpey Yokoi
  • G. Yokoi
  • Gumpei Yokoi

Game Credits


3-D Tetris (1996)   (Producer)
Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu (1996)   (Producer)
Tetris Attack (1996)   (Producer)
Galactic Pinball (1995)   (General Manager)
Kirby's Block Ball (1995)   (Producers)
Mario Clash (1995)   (Producer)
Mario's Tennis (1995)   (Producer)
Panel de Pon (1995)   (Producer)
Teleroboxer (1995)   (Producer)
Virtual Boy Wario Land (1995)   (Producer)
Fire Emblem: Monshō no Nazo (1994)   (Producer)
Super Metroid (1994)   (General Manager)
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (1994)   (Producer)
Mario & Wario (1993)   (Executive Producer)
Metal Combat: Falcon's Revenge (1993)   (Producer)
Tetris 2 (1993)   (Producer)
Battle Clash (1992)   (Producer)
Mario Paint (1992)   (Producer (uncredited))
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992)   (Producer)
X (1992)   (Produced by)
Yoshi's Cookie (1992)   (Producer)
Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters (1991)   (Producer (uncredited))
Metroid II: Return of Samus (1991)   (Producer)
Nintendo Campus Challenge 1991 (1991)   (Producer (uncredited))
Balloon Kid (1990)   (Producer )
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light (1990)   (Producer)
Nintendo World Championships 1990 (1990)   (Producer (uncredited))
Solar Striker (1990)   (Producer)
Famicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Sh... (1989)   (Producer (せいさく))
Super Mario Land (1989)   (Producer)
Tetris (1989)   (Producer (uncredited))
Tetris (1989)   (Producer (uncredited))
Famicom Tantei Club: Kieta Kōkeisha (1988)   (Production (せいさく))
Famicom Wars (1988)   (Producer)
Gumshoe (1986)   (Producer (uncredited))
Kid Icarus (1986)   (Producer)
Metroid (1986)   (Produced by)
10-Yard Fight (1985)   (Producer (uncredited))
Balloon Fight (1985)   (Producer (uncredited))
Gyromite (1985)   (Producer (uncredited))
Stack-Up (1985)   (Producer (uncredited))
Wrecking Crew (1985)   (Produced by)
Hogan's Alley (1984)   (Producer (uncredited))
Urban Champion (1984)   (Producer (uncredited))
VS. Duck Hunt (1984)   (Producer (uncredited))
Wild Gunman (1984)   (Producer (uncredited))
Mario Bros. (1983)   (Produced by)
Donkey Kong Junior (1982)   (Producer (uncredited))
Donkey Kong (1981)   (Producer)


GW Chef (2008)   (Original Concept)
GW Fire (2008)   (Original Concept)
GW Helmet (2008)   (Original Concept)
GW Octopus (2008)   (Original Concept)
GW Parachute (2008)   (Original Concept)
Gunpey DS (2006)   (Original Game Concept)
Dr. Mario 64 (2001)   (Original Concept)
Dr. Mario (1990)   (Designer (uncredited))
Shooting Trainer (1976)   (Designer)
Wild Gunman (1974)   (Designer)
Laser Clay Shooting System (1973)   (Designed by)


Mach Rider (1985)   (Best 10 Riders)


4.5 Trillion Puzzle (2014)   (Thanks to)
Aliens: Colonial Marines (2013)   (Personal Thanks)
Densetsu no Stafy (2002)   (Special Thanks)
Game Boy Camera (included games) (1998)   (Special Thanks)
Snoopy Concert (1995)   (Special Thanks)
Kaeru no tame ni Kane wa Naru (1992)   (Special Thanks to)


Gunpey (2006)   (Original Game Concept)
Tetris & Dr. Mario (1994)   (Staff)
Tetris 2 (1993)   (Staff)
Famicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Sh... (1989)   (Original Staff)

Developer Biography

Gunpei Yokoi (横井 軍平, September 10, 1941 – October 4, 1997) was born in Kyoto and graduated from the Doshisha University with a degree in electronics. Nintendo hired him in 1965 to maintain assembly-line machines that manufactured hanafuda cards. He worked as a planner and designer for Nintendo as far back as the 1970s, creating their first electronic toy, the Ultra Hand, and going on to create their lineup of Game & Watch games. He also was the producer of Metroid and Kid Icarus.

Yokoi is best known for designing the Game Boy, one of the most popular handheld systems in the world. He helped produce some of its most popular titles, including the Mario Land series and many first-generation titles. He also helped create the Virtual Boy, Nintendo's less popular console. Even though the Virtual Boy failed, he continued to contribute to Nintendo every now and then. Yokoi died in 1997 in a car accident, He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in Japan, presented by Yuji Naka and accepted in his honor by his family.

Last updated: Jun 29, 2012

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