Legendary Nintendo producer Takehiro Izushi has announced his retirement from the video games behemoth after 43 years. Izushi-san, 65, joined the Mario maker in 1975 as an engineer before progressing into game development, where he spearheaded a number of Nintendo's biggest properties.
His first project was Beam Gun Custom before programming a variety of Color TV Game projects throughout the late 70s, after which he soon jumped ship to Donkey Kong for Game & Watch, as well as cutting his teeth on both Game & Watch Gallery titles.
Eventually, Izushi was promoted to General Manager of Nintendo R&D1 following the departure of Gunpei Yokoi in 1997, and notched up credits on Kirby's Dreamland, Wario Land II, Pokemon Red & Blue, Wario Land III, and Star Wars Episode 1: Racer.
Izushi took a back seat in game development towards the end of his career with the Big N, assuming a role at the company's General Affairs Division in 2014. One of his last major credited roles was on Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS as a Supervisor.
Thanks for the memories, Mr. Izushi!