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Masami Ishikawa (石川 雅美) is a Japanese engineer and developer. He joined Sega in 1979, initially becoming a part of the Sega Production and Engineering Department for amusement machine engineering. He then moved to the home console R&D division, developing all major consoles released by the company in the 80s and playing a crucial role in the design of the Mega Drive.
The early 1990s saw Ishikawa return to amusement development, re-joining what had now became Sega AM4. Despite continuing to accumulate considerable experience in successful products and hardware; he did not take higher profile positions alongside his former colleagues, instead tending to stay behind the scenes and develop arcade boards including the Sega Titan Video and Hikaru.
He remained as a veteran of Sega R&D up to the late 2010s, briefly moving from AM4/Mechatro successor Product R&D to the short-lived N. Pro. R&D team and participating in interviews concerning his work on the Mega Drive in Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works and Famitsu.
- Main article: Photos of Masami Ishikawa
- "SEGA CONSUMER 30th ANNIVERSARY BOOK" Mega Drive Edition / Mr. Ishikawa, who worked on the development, looks back on those days! interview with Famitsu at famitsu.com (Japanese)
- HOW SEGA BUILT THE GENESIS - excerpt from Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works at Polygon
- The Man Who Created the Guts of the Mega Drive - English translation of 2018 Weekly Famitsu interview at One Million Power
- https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000001184.000005397.html (Wayback Machine: 2019-07-16 08:47)
- Harmony, "1994 8" (JP; 1994-08-01), page 18
- https://www.polygon.com/features/2015/2/3/7952705/sega-genesis-masami-ishikawa (Wayback Machine: 2015-02-04 03:07)
- https://sega.jp/topics/160513_soft_1/ (Wayback Machine: 2016-05-19 14:02)
- https://www.famitsu.com/news/201308/12038274.html (Wayback Machine: 2013-08-18 19:25)
- https://www.famitsu.com/news/201810/30166747.html (Wayback Machine: 2018-10-30 16:04)