Shigesato Itoi is a notorious Japanese copywriter, and the head of Hobonichi Co., Ltd. and Ape, Inc. Among the many jobs he has done during his career, he is best known for being the creator of the Mother series.
In March 1989, Itoi stablished the company Ape, Inc. as a venue for external developers to help make games for Nintendo. Among the projects Ape worked on were included the original Mother and Mother 2 (known as EarthBound in the west), the latter of which would also receive programming assistance from HAL Laboratory. Itoi acted as the main director of those two titles and wrote all the scenario. He would also develop his own bass-fishing game with Nintendo. With the birth of the Pokémon series, Ape would eventually become Creatures Inc. under Tsunekazu Ishihara.
Itoi was also involved in the creation of Mother 3. The game was developed over a long period of time, was constantly delayed, and switched platforms before eventually settling for the Game Boy Advance. It was eventually released in 2006.
After his work on Mother 3, Itoi announced that he was done with the Mother franchise. Despite this, he still has a good relationship with Nintendo, and has appeared as co-host on various interviews like Iwata Asks. He also runs a website known as "Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun" (Almost Daily Itoi News).
- Mother (1989) - Director, Game Designer
- Monopoly (Super Famicom) (1993) - Producer
- EarthBound (1994) - Producer and Director, Writer, Concept of Saturn Font, Sampling Voice
- The Monopoly Game 2 (1995) - Supervisor
- Itoi Shigesato no Bass Tsuri No. 1 (1997) - Supervisor
- Super Smash Bros. (1999) - Original Game Staff ("EarthBound" Producer, Title, Story Concept; Advice)
- Itoi Shigesato no Bass Tsuri No. 1 (2000) - Supervision
- Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001) - Original Game Staff (Producer: EarthBound)
- Mother 3 (2006) - Story, Scenario & Message
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008) - Senior Supervisor
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U (2014) - Senior Supervisor
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018) - Original Game Supervisor
|Main series||EarthBound Beginnings (1+2) • EarthBound (1+2) • Mother 3|
|People||Shigesato Itoi • Satoru Iwata • Keiichi Suzuki • Hirokazu Tanaka • Nobuyuki Inoue|
|Related||Nintendo • Ape • HAL Laboratory • 1-Up Studio • Super Smash Bros. • Costume Quest 2 • Contact • Heroland • South Park • Citizens of Earth • Citizens of Space • Undertale|