Kunitake Aoki

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Kunitake Aoki
Employment history:
Sega Enterprises (1987-04[1] – )
Sega of America (?? – 2001-09[1])
Nintendo (2001-09[1] – 2014-07[1])
Recurrence (2018-01[1] – 2018-09[1])
STEAM for Teens (2017-03[1] – )
EcoSystemOne (2019-01[1] – )
Role(s): Artist
Education: Tokyo Zokei University (Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Design Management, 1983-1987)[2]

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Kunitake Aoki is a former Sega of Japan and Sega of America artist who began his career in 1987 with arcade games in Japan, switching to consoles with the Sega Genesis in 1992, working on a mix of arcade and console games between 1996 and 2001. He notably led the art team of Sonic the Hedgehog 3[2] and is the original creator of Knuckles the Echidna[1].

After leaving Sega in 2001, he was employed by the US-based Nintendo Software Technology Corporation, where he mainly produced artwork for Nintendo DS titles, most notably the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series which he developer for 11 years[1][3]. He left Nintendo in 2014 and in 2017 founded STEAM for Teens, where he provides STEM courses to teenagers[1][3].


In the 80s, on the rare occasion he was credited for his work on an arcade game, Kunitake Aoki used the name KAO. Years later he would incorporate these initials into his email address.

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