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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

  • Phantasy Star (Master System;
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    1987) — Soft Check (as Works Nishi)
  • Space Harrier 3D (Master System;
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    1988) — Program Check (as Works Nishi)
  • Hoshi wo Sagashite... (Master System;
    1988) — テストプレイ (as わあくす にし)
  • Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen (Master System;
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    1988) — Check (as Works Nishi)
  • Space Harrier II (Mega Drive;
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    1988) — Test Player (as Works Nishi)
  • Phantasy Star II (Mega Drive;
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    1989) — Written and Directed by (as Chiemshi)
  • Super League (Mega Drive) (Mega Drive;
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    1989) — Special Thanks (as Works Nishi)
  • Forgotten Worlds (Mega Drive;
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    1989) — Game Check (as Works Nishi)
  • Sorcerian (Mega Drive;
    1990) — Special Thanks (as Works Nishi)
  • Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom (Mega Drive;
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    1990) — Special Thanks (as Chiemushi)
  • Ghostbusters (Mega Drive) (Mega Drive;
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    1990) — Designer (as Locky P)
  • Putter Golf (Mega Drive;
    1990) — Designer (as Locky P)
  • Advanced Daisenryaku: Deutsch Dengeki Sakusen (Mega Drive;
    1991) — Model Maker (as Locky★P)
  • Tougi Ou King Colossus (Mega Drive;
    1992) — Special thanks to (as LOCKY.P)
  • Honoo no Toukyuuji Dodge Danpei (Mega Drive;
    1992) — Special Thanks (as Locky★P)
  • Panic! (Mega-CD;
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    1993) — グラフィックデザイン助っ人 (as 西山 彰則)
  • Panic! (Mega-CD;
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    1993) — Graphic Design
  • Panic! (PlayStation 2;
    2002) — グラフィックデザイン助っ人 (as 西山 彰則)
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (Mega Drive;
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    1993) — Script (as A.Nishiyama)
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (Mega Drive;
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    1993) — Monster Graphic Design (as A.Nishiyama)
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (Mega Drive;
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    1993) — System Plan (as A.Nishiyama)
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (Mega Drive;
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    1993) — Mechanic Design (as A.Nishiyama)
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (Mega Drive;
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    1993) — Map Design (as A.Nishiyama)
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (Mega Drive;
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    1993) — Object Design (as A.Nishiyama)
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (Mega Drive;
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    1993) — Font Design (as A.Nishiyama)
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (Mega Drive;
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    1993) — Papet Event Plan (as A.Nishiyama)
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium (Mega Drive;
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    1993) — PlannersMedia:Psiv md us manual.pdf[2]
  • Magic Knight Rayearth (Saturn) (Saturn;
    1995) — ゲームデザイン&シナリオ (as 西山 彰則)
  • ChuChu Rocket! (Dreamcast;
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    1999) — パズルエディット (as にしやま あきのり)
  • ChuChu Rocket! (Dreamcast;
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    1999) — Puzzle Editors
  • ChuChu Rocket! (Game Boy Advance;
    2001) — Normal Puzzles
  • Phantasy Star Online (Dreamcast;
    2000) — City/Quest/Script Writer
  • Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 (Dreamcast;
    2001) — City/Quest/Script Writer
  • Puyo Pop (Game Boy Advance) (Game Boy Advance;
    2001) — Director
  • Puyo Pop Fever (Dreamcast;
    2004) — Manager
  • Puyo Pop Fever (Nintendo DS;
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    2004) — Manager
  • Puyo Puyo! () — Producer
  • Puyo Puyo! (Wii;
    2007) — Chief Producer
  • The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return (Wii;
    2008) — Chief Producers
  • Puyo Puyo 7 () — Chief Producers
  • K-On! Houkago Live!! (PlayStation Portable;
    2010) — シニアプロデューサー (as 西山 彰則)
  • Jet Set Radio (2012) () — Senior Producer


Interviews

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