Sonic Designer Hirokazu Yasuhara Joins Nintendo

It's just not natural

Hirokazu Yasuhara, an instrumental member of Sonic Team during the 1990s, has taken a new role at Nintendo of America.

Yasuhara — sometimes known as Carol Yas — was game planner on the original Sonic the Hedgehog before directing and designing the best of the hedgehog's 16-bit adventures. His final game at SEGA was Dreamcast disaster Floigan Brothers in 2001; he then moved to Naughty Dog where he was game designer on the Jak & Daxter and Uncharted games. Last year he worked on Pac-Man Party for Wii while at Namco Bandai, a position he left in March.

Yasuhara has taken up a new, unspecified role at Nintendo Software Technology, a Nintendo of America subsidiary that's best known for Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! and Metroid Prime Hunters, among others.

What could this former SEGA great and NST cook up together?

[via gamasutra.com]