Known for his work on the popular Super Mario Brothers and Mario Kart series of video games, this designer headed Nintendo's EAD Software Development Group.
After attending Japan Electronics College, he began work in the mid-1980s for the Nintendo company.
He served as an adviser on the Nintendo 64 game F-Zero X.
He was born in the capital city of Japan's Chiba Prefecture.
He and Shigeru Miyamoto both designed popular Nintendo games and collaborated on the Super Mario Brothers series.