Kensuke Tanabe at the
Game Developers Conference 2011
|Alma mater||Osaka University of Arts|
|Occupation||Video game director and producer|
Kensuke Tanabe (田邊 賢輔 Tanabe Kensuke, born January 26, 1963 in Ikeda, Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese video game designer and producer working for Nintendo. After he had graduated from the Visual Concept Planning Department of Osaka University of Arts, he decided to enter the video game industry, and joined Nintendo in April 1986. At first, Tanabe was part of the Entertainment Analysis and Development division. He directed the platform games Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic and Super Mario Bros. 2, and worked on the scripts for the action-adventures The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. In 2003, Tanabe switched to the Software Planning and Development division, where he became the manager of Production Group No. 3. In recent years, he has become a producer, and has managed the development of first party Nintendo video games, such as the first-person adventure Metroid Prime.
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