Nintendo Veteran and Legendary Designer Genyo Takeda Retires

After 45 years with the company, Nintendo’s “Technology Fellow,” Genyo Takeda, has announced his retirement.

Since developing Nintendo’s first arcade game over fourty years ago, EVR Race, Takeda has been involved in the creation of Punch-Out and Startropics, and is credited with designing the Nintendo 64’s analog stick, a first of its time.

Takeda-san also helped developed the Wii and Wii U, and temporarily took over as Nintendo’s president following Satoru Iwata’s death.

Takeda’s retirement will go into effect June 29th, when he will be replaced by Ko Shiota.

Matthew Sigler


Currently interning at Niche Gamer. I've been playing video games since I was three years old.

  • DrearierSpider

    “Helped developed the Wii and Wii U”

    Good, one more out of touch old fuck out of that company. Let’s hope more follow suit.

  • Audie Bakerson

    At least he lived to retire, unlike a lot of Japanese game devs.

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  • RichardGristle

    Tablets and motion controls mothafuckas!

  • So it is his fault for the shitty N64 analog stick!? Good riddance.

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    Respect where its due. He helped with some decent designs. Not to blame for the hardware shortages, poor international marketing, and bad 3rd party relationships.

  • Bitterbear

    Meanwhile, no one at Nintendo of America/Treehouse has been punished for fucking up the Wii U marketing/burning bridges with the fans:

  • Bitterbear

    Makes me wonder how many squat toilets did he had to scrub at the company’s main building before deciding it was time to retire.

  • bgrunge

    To be fair, the N64 control stick, when new, had better control than just about any analog stick that has followed it. The problem was its reliability, of course, and that isn’t always apparent early in the lifespan of a product. Nintendo definitely fixed that with the gamecube analog stick

  • Malcolm_Ecks

    I think they’re kind of tied down by Nintendo of Japan. NoA doesn’t seem to have the autonomy that Playstation’s American portion does.

  • Fenrir007

    Was he forced to retire (a.k.a. commit sudoku) after the WiiU flopped?

  • Bitterbear

    The way Dan Adelman was unceremoniously punished for not kissing their Japanese overlords is pretty telling of the iron grip that Nintendo Japan has.

    Still, NoA somehow managed to screw things up in a spectacular way.

  • InfectedAI

    lol, what’s that from?

  • InfectedAI

    Hahaha wtf am I looking at?

  • InfectedAI

    Also positioning. I never did figure out how to hold that blasted controller.

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  • SiliconNooB

    No, they wouldn’t have let him temporarily take over as company president if that was the case.