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Rieko Kodama

aka: Phenix Rie, Phoenix Rie, 小玉 理恵子
Moby ID: 62615

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Rieko Kodama (小玉理恵子, sometimes nicknamed Phoenix Rie) was a Japanese video game designer. She was involved with some of Sega's high profile projects such as Alex Kidd, Phantasy Star, Sonic the Hedgehog, and others.

Born in Kanagawa, Japan, she began her education undecided between art and archeology. She opted for art and enrolled in a trade school for advertising design. In 1984, a fellow student brought her to work at Sega. Influence of archeology can be seen in several games that she has worked on, including Phantasy Star and Skies of Arcadia, where the player often has to travel and discover past civilizations.

Kodama started in character design for arcade titles such as Champion Boxing (1984) and Ninja Princess (1984). As one of the few designers at the company, she found herself working on multiple titles at once, being credited on as many as five or six games a year. Kodama built up a reputation as an artist and was soon given a chance to work on larger projects, such as Phantasy Star the main designer, Kodama was responsible for creating all the character designs, the 2D maps, battle-scene backgrounds, and townspeople, among other things.

She passed away in May 2022 at the age of 59.

Credited on 41 games

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Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX (2021, PlayStation 5) SEGA Development Team
Virtua Racing (2019, Nintendo Switch) Producer
SEGA Heroes (2018, iPhone) Phantasy Star
7th Dragon III: Code:VFD (2015, Nintendo 3DS) Co-Producer
Sonic CD (2011, iPad) Special Thanks
7th Dragon 2020 (2011, PSP) Producer
7th Dragon (2009, Nintendo DS) Producer
Sega Ages 2500: Vol.32 - Phantasy Star: Complete Collection (2008, PlayStation 2) Special Thanks
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006, Game Boy Advance) Design
Sega Ages 2500: Vol.17 - Phantasy Star: Generation:2 (2005, PlayStation 2) Special Thanks (パッケージスペシャルサンクス)
Altered Beast (2005, PlayStation 2) Producer
Sega Ages 2500: Vol.1 - Phantasy Star: Generation:1 (2003, PlayStation 2) Special Thanks (スペシャルサンクス)
Skies of Arcadia: Legends (2003, GameCube) Producer
Phantasy Star Collection (2002, Game Boy Advance) Supervisors
Skies of Arcadia (2000, Dreamcast) Producer
Deep Fear (1998, SEGA Saturn) Producers
Magic Knight Rayearth (1995, SEGA Saturn) Director
The Hybrid Front (1994, Genesis) Development Support (開発協力)
Phantasy Star IV (1993, Genesis) Battle Background Design
Sonic CD (1993, SEGA CD) Special Thanks

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