Kensuke Tanabe is an Senior Officer at Nintendo, and the producer of several franchise at the company over the years. He primarily works with developers based outside of Japan who aren't part of the immediate Nintendo structure such as Next Level Games, Kuju, Nintendo Software Technology in Redmond, Retro Studios, and various others. He joined Nintendo in 1986.


Tanabe joined Nintendo in April 1986, where he was in charge of Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic (and its eventual conversion Super Mario Bros. 2) as his first project. Later he assisted with course design on Super Mario Bros. 3, as well as scriptwriting in Zelda games and support in several others.

In 2003, he was made Group Manager of Nintendo SPD3. Ever since he has taken over Shigeru Miyamoto's production role on various franchises like Metroid Prime, Donkey Kong, Paper Mario, Chibi-Robo, and many others.

Since then, he has been sort of promoted to an Executive Officer in Nintendo SPD, with Keisuke Terasaki being the Deputy Manager of SPD3.

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