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Fast facts on Emiko Yamamoto
Role(s): Designer, director

Emiko Yamamoto (山本恵美子) is a game designer and producer at Disney. She is best known among Sega enthusiasts for her work on the loosely affiliated Castle of Illusion series.

Yamamoto's main contribution to the Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck franchises was the Mega Drive's I Love ... series: I Love Mickey Mouse: Fushigi no Oshiro Daibouken (Castle of Illusion), I Love Donald Duck: Guruzia Ou no Hihou (Quackshot) and I Love Mickey and Donald: Fushigi na Magic Box (World of Illusion).

She was also co-credited for game design on the Master System/Game Gear version of Castle of Illusion. Though not directly involved in the games that followed (Mickey Mouse's Land of Illusion and Legend of Illusion; Donald Duck's Lucky Dime Caper and Deep Duck Trouble), the series continued in the style of her titles, and the credits of Deep Duck Trouble give special thanks to her.

Yamamoto continues to work at Disney, becoming an executive producer at the Japanese division of Disney Interactive and working as a producer on a variety of games, including the Kingdom Hearts series. In 2013, she returned to her first creation for the HD remake of Castle of Illusion.

Quotes

  • "When I was thinking about what people remember fondly about the game ... at the time, I think it was enjoying the thrills and getting the timing right when they played it. I think enjoying the game world, and experiencing the fantasy world of Disney were a big part of it, too."
on the continued appeal of Castle of Illusion
  • "It was my first time making a game, so I came up with ideas I thought might be interesting; things I thought would help flesh out the fantasy world, without being hesitant about how difficult or unconventional they might be. In that sense, I think that helped us make an unique game."
recalling the development of Castle of Illusion

Production history

  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (Mega Drive) (1990) — Game Designer and Coordinator (as Emirin)
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (Master System/Game Gear) (1990) — Game Design (as Emirin)
  • Quackshot Starring Donald Duck (1991) — Designer & Director (as Emirin)
  • World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck (1992) — Game Designer and Director (as Emirin)
  • Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck (1993) — Special Thanks To (as Emirin)
  • Mickey to Donald: Magical Adventure 3 (1995) — Staff
  • Magical Tetris Challenge (Nintendo 64/PlayStation) (1999) — Staff
  • Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Dancing Museum (2000) — Disney Interactive Staff
  • Disney's Tarzan Untamed (2001) — Special Thanks To
  • Kingdom Hearts (2002) — Senior Producer, Disney Interactive Japan
  • Disney's Magical Quest Starring Mickey & Minnie (2002) — Producer, Disney Interactive Japan
  • Disney's Magical Mirror Starring Mickey Mouse (2002) — Producer, Disney Interactive Japan
  • The Great Circus Mystery Starring Mickey & Minnie (2003) — Senior Producer, Disney Interactive Japan
  • Disney's Party (2003) — Senior Producer, Disney Interactive Japan
  • Disney's Aladdin (2003) — Senior Producer, Buena Vista Games Japan
  • Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge (2004) — Senior Producer, Buena Vista Interactive Japan
  • Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (2004) — Senior Producer, Buena Vista Games Japan
  • Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King (2005) — Senior Producer, Buena Vista Interactive Japan
  • Disney's Chicken Little (2005) — Buena Vista Games Japan Staff
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories (2008) — Executive Producer, Disney Interactive Studios Japan
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (2009) — Executive Producer, Disney Interactive Studios Japan
  • Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep(2010) — Executive Producer, Disney Interactive Studios Japan
  • Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure (2012) — Executive Producer - Product Development, Disney Interactive Studios Japan
  • Disney Magical World (2013) — Executive Producer - Product Development, Disney Interactive Japan
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (2013) — Executive Producer - Product Development

Interview

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