The hardware and game designer will retire from Nintendo in June.
Nintendo’s “Technology Fellow” Genyo Takeda, has announced that he will be retiring after 45 years working for the company.
In a statement released by the company, it was announced that his position would be taken by Ko Shiota, who is the current head of Nintendo’s Platform Technology Development Division.
After joining the company in 1971, Takeda’s production credits include Punch-Out!, EVR Race and StarTropics, while he was also the creator of the analog stick on the N64 controller and was one of the head developers for the Nintendo Wii.
In 2015 he was named as an acting Representative Director, alongside Shigeru Miyamoto, following the death of Satoru Iwata. He was appointed to the role of “Technology Fellow” after Tatsumi Kimishima took office in September 2015.
Words by Megan Roxburgh