Akinori Nishiyama

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Akinori Nishiyama
Company(ies): Sega of Japan
Role(s): Tester, Designer, Director, Producer

Akinori Nishiyama (西山 彰則) is a Sega employee that has been involved with the company since the Master System era and has undertaken a varitety of roles.

Nishiyama was originally a test player (usually credited by his alias, Works Nishi) whose first title was the original Phantasy Star. For its sequel, however, he acted as Writer & Director (under another alias, Chiemushi) and would become a major contributor to the series' fourth installment. He may also have been known variably as Locky P.

Nishiyama retained his position as a scenario writer through the Saturn era with Magic Knight Rayearth. He then served once more as scenario writer for Sonic Adventure and reacquainted himself with the Phantasy Star series with Phantasy Star Online.

He then served as Director for the majority of the Sonic the Hedgehog series titles released for Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS and Producer for the Puyo Puyo series.

He served as the head for Sonic Team between Yuji Nakas resignation in 2006 and then Takashi Iizuka appointance in 2010. Afterwards he had general manager roles for titles from Sega. With Takashi Iizuka becoming the head of Sonic Team, Nishiyama would go to Sega's CS3 division and take the Phantasy Star Online franchise with him to over there as a Senior Producer, leaving Sonic Team to be able to completely focus on Sonic & Puyo.

His current role is "Director of Online Administration Department" at Sega Games.[1]

Production history


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