Yu Suzuki

1958 - Today

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Yu Suzuki (鈴木 裕, Suzuki Yū, born June 10, 1958) is a Japanese game designer, producer, programmer, and engineer, who headed Sega's AM2 team for 18 years. Considered one of the first auteurs of video games, he has been responsible for a number of Sega's arcade hits, including three-dimensional sprite-scaling games that used "taikan" motion simulator arcade cabinets, such as Hang-On, Space Harrier, Out Run, and After Burner, and pioneering polygonal 3D games such as Virtua Racing and Virtua Fighter, which are credited with popularizing 3D graphics in video games, as well as the critically acclaimed Shenmue series. As a hardware engineer, he led the development of various arcade system boards, including the Sega Space Harrier, Model 1, Model 2, and Model 3, and was involved in the technical development of the Dreamcast console and its corresponding NAOMI arcade hardware.In 2003, Suzuki became the sixth person to be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yu Suzuki has received more than 378,234 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Yu Suzuki is the 22nd most popular game designer (down from 12th in 2019), the 1,161st most popular biography from Japan (down from 865th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Japanese Game Designer.

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Among game designers, Yu Suzuki ranks 22 out of 46Before him are Lizzie Magie, Gary Gygax, Klaus Teuber, Will Wright, Tetsuya Nomura, and Peter Molyneux. After him are Masahiro Sakurai, Hidetaka Miyazaki, Eiji Aonuma, John Carmack, John Romero, and David Cage.

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Among people born in 1958, Yu Suzuki ranks 241Before him are Pedro Costa, Bernard Fellay, Alan Jackson, Tomatito, Adrian Rawlins, and Lynn-Holly Johnson. After him are Curtis T. McMullen, Cazuza, Derek Riggs, Hiromi Kawakami, Alannah Myles, and Thomas Reiter.

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Among people born in Japan, Yu Suzuki ranks 1,161 out of 5,560Before him are Maria Ozawa (1986), Toshikatsu Matsuoka (1945), Thomas Aquino Manyo Maeda (1949), Marie Kondo (1984), Masaaki Suzuki (1954), and Naomi Munakata (1955). After him are Yuji Hyakutake (1950), Noboru Terada (1917), Kiichirō Furukawa (1929), Akira Ishida (1967), Kazuyoshi Hoshino (1947), and Maya Yoshida (1988).


Among game designers born in Japan, Yu Suzuki ranks 10Before him are Satoru Iwata (1959), Satoshi Tajiri (1965), Hironobu Sakaguchi (1962), Toru Iwatani (1955), Shinji Mikami (1965), and Tetsuya Nomura (1970). After him are Masahiro Sakurai (1970), Hidetaka Miyazaki (1974), Eiji Aonuma (1963), Yoshinori Kitase (1966), Yuji Naka (1965), and Kazunori Yamauchi (1967).

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