Akinori Nishiyama

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Akinori Nishiyama
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Role(s): Tester, Designer, Director[1], Producer

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Akinori Nishiyama (西山彰則), also known by the aliases Works Nishi and Locky★P, is a Japanese game designer and Sega Games Director of Online Administration[1], most known for his long and notable history as a producer on a number of flagship Sega of Japan franchises like Phantasy Star and Puyo Puyo.


Nishiyama was originally a test player (usually credited by his alias, Works Nishi) whose first title was the original Phantasy Star. He would become a major contributor to the series' fourth installment.

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. Additionally, he 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 also acted as the managing head of Sonic Team between Yuji Naka's 2006 resignation and Takashi Iizuka coming on board in 2010. Afterwards he acted in general manager roles for titles from Sega. With Iizuka becoming the head of Sonic Team, Nishiyama would migrate the Phantasy Star Online franchise to Sega's CS3 division, acting as a Senior Producer for that series and allowing Sonic Team the freedom to focus entirely on further Sonic the Hedgehog & Puyo Puyo games.

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