Yoji Ishii

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Yoji Ishii
Company(ies): Sega of Japan
Role(s): Producer, Executive

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Yoji Ishii (石井 洋児) is a producer and project manager who worked on various Sega titles. Joining the company in 1978, Ishii designed and directed '80s arcade titles such as Fantasy Zone, Hang On and OutRun and produced Saturn titles such as NiGHTS, Panzer Dragoon and Sakura Wars. Common colleagues include Noriyoshi Oba, Yutaka Sugano, Makoto Oshitani and Hiroshi Aso.

Ishii has since left Sonic Team for Naoto Ohshima's Artoon, having held the title of Executive Producer until 2005, when he was appointed C.E.O and President of AQ Interactive (currently Marvelous AQL Inc.) into which Artoon was absorbed. Following Artoon's disbandment in 2010, he is now the C.E.O. and President of Arzest, another video game development company he founded with Ohshima.

Production history

  • Hang-On (Arcade version) (1985) (as Mr. Ishii)
  • Teddy Boy Blues (1985) — Game Design
  • Fantasy Zone (System 16 version) (1986)
  • OutRun (OutRun Hardware version) (1986)
  • Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (Mega Drive version) (1993) — Producer
  • Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island (1996/1997) — Producer (SOJ) (Sega)
  • Sonic Jam (1997) — Project Manager (as Youji Ishii)
  • Sonic R (Saturn version) (1997) — Project Manager (Sega Enterprises Ltd.) (as Youji Ishii)
  • Sonic Adventure (1998) — Project management (as Youji Ishii)
  • Pinobee: Wings of Adventure (2001) — Producer (Development Staff)
  • The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood (2002) — Director
  • Ghost Vibration (2002) — Producer (Development)
  • Blinx the Time Sweeper (2002) — Development Producer
  • Blinx 2: Masters of Time and Space (2004) — Development Producer
  • Yoshi Topsy-Turvy (2004) — Senior Producer
  • Bullet Witch (2006) — Executive Producer (Production)
  • Blue Dragon (2006) — Executive Producer (Artoon Co., Ltd.)
  • Vampire Rain (2007) — Executive Producer (AQ Interactive Inc.)
  • Victorious Boxers: Revolution (2007) — Executive Producer (Grand Prix)
  • Arcana Heart (PS2 version) (2007) — Executive Producer (PlayStation 2 Staff)
  • Lost Odyssey (2007) — Executive Producer (Feelplus Co., Ltd.)
  • Vampire Rain: Altered Species (2008) — Executive Producer (AQ Interactive Inc.)
  • Sega Ages 2500 Vol. 33: Fantasy Zone Complete Collection (2008) — Special Thanks (AQ Interactive)
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (3DS version) (2016) — Executive Producer (Arzest Corp.)

Song credits

Hang-On (Arcade version)

  • Goal — Music & Arrangement
  • Name Entry — Music & Arrangement