Gunpei Yokoi

aka: G. Yokoi, Gumpei Yokoi, Gunpey Yokoi, 横井 軍平
Moby ID: 47438

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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.

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4.5 Trillion Puzzle (2014, Xbox 360) Thanks to
Aliens: Colonial Marines (2013, Xbox 360) Personal Thanks
GW Helmet (2008, iPhone) Original Concept
GW Fire (2008, iPhone) Original Concept
GW Parachute (2008, iPhone) Original Concept
GW Octopus (2008, iPhone) Original Concept
GW Chef (2008, iPhone) Original Concept
Famicom Tantei Club: Kieta Kōkeisha (2007, Wii) Production (せいさく)
Kid Icarus (2007, Wii) Producer
Gunpey (2006, PSP) Original Game Concept
Gunpey DS (2006, Nintendo DS) Original Game Concept
Densetsu no Stafy (2002, Game Boy Advance) Special Thanks
Dr. Mario 64 (2001, Nintendo 64) Original Concept
Game Boy Camera (included games) (1998, Game Boy) Special Thanks
Tetris Attack (1996, Game Boy) Producer
Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu (1996, SNES) Producer
3-D Tetris (1996, Virtual Boy) Producer
Kirby's Block Ball (1995, Game Boy) Producers
Virtual Boy Wario Land (1995, Virtual Boy) Producer
Panel de Pon (1995, SNES) Producer

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