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Aya Kyogoku
Video game director

Aya Kyogoku

Aya Kyogoku
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Intro Video game director
A.K.A. Kyogoku Aya, Kyōgoku Aya, Aya Kyōgoku
Is Video game designer Video game producer Video game writer Film director
From Japan
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Gaming
Gender female
Birth 1981, Ōsaka, Ōsaka Prefecture, Japan
Age 41 years
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Biography

Aya Kyogoku (Japanese: 京極あや, Hepburn: Kyōgoku Aya, born c. 1981) is a Japanese video game director and producer. She is the current manager of Nintendo's Entertainment Planning & Development (EPD) Group No. 5, which oversees the Animal Crossing, Splatoon, and Wii Sports franchises. Kyogoku is best known for her work on Animal Crossing, where she has alternately served as a producer, director, and supervisor since 2008.

Biography

Kyogoku began her career in 2000 at the video game company Atlus before joining Nintendo in September 2003. At Nintendo, Kyogoku worked as a scriptwriter on The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. In 2008 she worked as a sequence director on Animal Crossing: City Folk, where she was responsible for script writing and all elements relating to non-player character behavior and dialogue.

Kyogoku and Isao Moro jointly served as directors of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the 2012 sequel to City Folk, making Kyogoku the first woman to direct a video game at Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development (EAD). Following the mixed critical and commercial performance of City Folk, Kyogoku sought to "get back to the series' roots" on New Leaf. After noting that she was frequently the only woman on development teams, Kyogoku and New Leaf producer Katsuya Eguchi hired a team that was half female; she also encouraged all individuals on the development team to contribute ideas for the game, regardless of their role on the project. New Leaf went on to sell over 12 million copies, and was listed as one of the best games of the 2010s by IGN and Polygon; Kyogoku credits the diversity of the team for New Leaf's critical and commercial success, stating that "when you are trying to create something that will appeal to many types of people, I have experienced how beneficial it is to have diversity on your team."

In 2015, Kyogoku produced the Animal Crossing spin-off title Happy Home Designer. In 2019, she was named as Manager of Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development (EPD) Production Group No. 5, a position previously held by Hisashi Nogami before he was promoted at Deputy General Manager of Nintendo EPD. She directed Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the fifth main series title in the Animal Crossing series, in 2020.

Works

Atlus

  • deSPIRIA [ja] (2000, Dreamcast) – Assistant Planner
  • Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land (2001, PlayStation 2) – Assistant Director

Nintendo

  • The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (2004, Gamecube) – Scriptwriter
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006, Wii) – Scriptwriter
  • Animal Crossing: City Folk (2008, Wii) – Sequence Director
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2012, Nintendo 3DS) – Director (with Isao Moro)
  • Animal Crossing Plaza (2013, Wii U) – Producer
  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (2015, Nintendo 3DS) – Producer
  • Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival (2015, Wii U) – Director
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome Amiibo (2016, Nintendo 3DS) – Producer
  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (2017, iOS / Android) – Supervisor
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020, Nintendo Switch) – Director
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 02 Aug 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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