Takaya Imamura is a director and producer of Nintendo, mostly known for his design work on the F-ZEROStar Fox series, as well as The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, which he designed characters such as Captain Falcon, Fox McCloud, and Tingle, respectively. He was formerly involved at the EAD Group 5.


Imamura joined the company in 1989 as a graphic artist and initially worked on F-Zero, where he designed the cars, the pilot racers and the comic that appeared in the game manual. Afterwards he also worked on Star Fox, where he handled non-polygonal graphics and character designs, including a few other titles.

On the Nintendo 64, Imamura became the main art director of Star Fox 64 and F-Zero X, following his work on the SNES titles. He was also the art director of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, where he helped settle the darker atmosphere of the title and also designed characters such as Tingle, the Moon and Majora's Mask.

Since the GameCube era, as Nintendo outsourced the design of F-Zero and Star Fox titles to outside companies, Imamura has been the main producer and supervisor of both series. In recent years, he also directed titles such as the Steel Diver series (where he also drew the captains) and Tank Troopers.

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