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Minoru Arakawa

Also Known As

  • M. Arakawa

Game Credits


Tetris: Axis (2011)   (President / CEO)
Tetris Party (2008)   (Chairman)


Wave Race: Blue Storm (2001)   (Producer)
Bionic Commando: Elite Forces (2000)   (Directors)
Crystalis (2000)   (Directors )
Pokémon Puzzle League (2000)   (Executive Producer)
Cruis'n USA (1994)   (Executive Producers)
EarthBound (1994)   (Executive Producers)
Ken Griffey Jr Presents Major League Baseball (1994)   (Executive Producer)
Super Punch-Out!! (1994)   (Executive Producer)
Zoda's Revenge: Star Tropics II (1994)   (Executive Producer)
Super Play Action Football (1992)   (Producer)
NES Open Tournament Golf (1991)   (Executive Producer)
Nintendo Campus Challenge 1991 (1991)   (Executive Producers (uncredited))
NES Play Action Football (1990)   (Producer (uncredited))
Nintendo World Championships 1990 (1990)   (Executive Producers (uncredited))
Tetris (1989)   (Executive Producer and President of NOA (uncredited))
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (1987)   (Producer)


Donkey Kong (1981)   (Conversion Staff)


Tin Star (1994)   (Executive Producer)


NBA Courtside 2002 (2002)   (Special Thanks)
Once Twice Thrice! (2002)   (-- Special Thanks To --)
Advance Wars (2001)   (Special Thanks)
Conker's Bad Fur Day (2001)   (Additional Thanks)
Dr. Mario 64 (2001)   (Special Thanks)
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (2001)   (NOA Special Thanks )
Golden Sun (2001)   (Special Thanks)
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (2001)   (Special Thanks)
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (2001)   (Special Thanks)
Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001)   (Special Thanks)
Mickey's Speedway USA (2001)   (Special Thanks)
Super Smash Bros.: Melee (2001)   (Special Thanks)
Banjo-Tooie (2000)   (Thanks to the following Nintendo people)
Excitebike 64 (2000)   (Special Thanks To)
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000)   (Very Special Thanks)
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble (2000)   (NOA Special Thanks)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (2000)   (Special Thanks)
Mario Party 3 (2000)   (Special Thanks to)
Mario Tennis (2000)   (Special Thanks)
Mario Tennis (2000)   (Special Thanks)
Mickey's Speedway USA (2000)   (Special Thanks To)
Paper Mario (2000)   (Special Thanks)
Perfect Dark (2000)   (Nintendo)
Perfect Dark (2000)   (Special Thanks)
Pokémon Puzzle Challenge (2000)   (Special Thanks)
Ridge Racer 64 (2000)   (Special Thanks)
StarCraft 64 (2000)   (Special Thanks)
Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland (2000)   (Special Thanks To)
Command & Conquer (1999)   (Special Thanks)
Conker's Pocket Tales (1999)   (NOA Special Thanks)
Disney's Beauty and the Beast: A Board Game A... (1999)   (Special Thanks)
Donkey Kong 64 (1999)   (Special Thanks)
Jet Force Gemini (1999)   (Special Thanks To)
Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest (1999)   (Special Thanks )
Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest (1999)   (The NOA Squad)
Mickey's Racing Adventure (1999)   (Special Thanks)
Namco Museum 64 (1999)   (Thanks Nintendo!)
NBA 3 on 3 featuring Kobe Bryant (1999)   (Special Thanks)
The New Tetris (1999)   (Special Thanks to)
Banjo-Kazooie (1998)   (Big Cheese Thanks)
Hey You, Pikachu! (1998)   (Special Thanks)
James Bond 007 (1998)   (Special Thanks)
Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside (1998)   (Special Thanks)
Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr (1998)   (Special Thanks (Nintendo))
Blast Corps (1997)   (Special Thanks To)
Cruis'n World (1997)   (Special Thanks to)
Diddy Kong Racing (1997)   (Special Thanks To)
Donkey Kong Land III (1997)   (Special Thanks)
GoldenEye 007 (1997)   (Special Thanks)
Tetrisphere (1997)   (Special Thanks To)
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Tr... (1996)   (Special Thanks)
Ken Griffey Jr.'s Winning Run (1996)   (Special Thanks)
Killer Instinct 2 (1996)   (Special Thanks)
Killer Instinct Gold (1996)   (Special Thanks)
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)   (Special Thanks)
Cruis'n USA (1994)   (Special Thanks To)
Donkey Kong Country (1994)   (Special Thanks)
Killer Instinct (1994)   (Special Thanks)

Developer Biography

Minoru Arakawa grew up in Kyoto Japan. He attended Kyoto University, majoring in civil engineering, and then later went to Harvard. Minoru Arakawa eventually began work for Marubeni. In Kyoto, he found his wife Yoko Yamauchi (Hiroshi Yamauchi's daughter). Minoru moved to Vancouver to head Marubeni's condominium complex, and did very well. He returned to Kyoto for Yoko Yamauchi to visit her family, and Hiroshi Yamauchi had a job offer at Nintendo to become the President of Nintendo Of America. Minoru Arakawa held this position at Nintendo from 1980 until 2002. In 2002; he retired from his job at Nintendo at 55 years of age. Minoru Arakawa was one of Nintendo major assets. Tatsumi Kimishima took over Minoru's role as President of Nintendo of America.

Last updated: Feb 23, 2004

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