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Yuji Naka

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Yuji Naka
Place of birth: Hirakata, Osaka prefecture, Japan
Date of birth: 1965-09-17 (age 53)
Company(ies): Sega of Japan
Role(s): Programmer, Designer, Producer, Executive
Education: Nishinoda Technology Senior High School

Yuji Naka (中 裕司) is a video game designer, programmer, the former head of Sonic Team (usually credited by his alias, YU2), and currently the head of the video game development company, Prope.

History

When Yuji Naka was 17 years old, he decided that he wanted to program video games. He learned how to program by copying and debugging game code published in magazines, and these experiences prompted him to learn how to use assemblers and write his own programs. The electronic music group Yellow Magic Orchestra was also an influence on the young Naka.

Being a large fan of Namco, Yuji Naka aimed to work for them after he graduated from college. However, Namco only accepted work from university graduates, and thus Yuji Naka would not be eligible as he did not want to go to university.

He did however score a job at Sega as a programming assistant. His first release was a game for the SG-1000 called Girl's Garden. Yuji Naka's distinction was producing/project managing projects while simultaneously handling the lead programming of them. Examples of this are Space Harrier II and Phantasy Star II.

In 1990 he, along with Naoto Oshima and Hirokazu Yasuhara, began to conceive Sonic the Hedgehog and then leading the now dubbed Sonic Team, putting his leadership and programming talents into work.

The last time, Yuji Naka did any hands-on coding was NiGHTS into Dreams, with Sonic Team members Tetsu Katano and Takahiro Hamano succeeding him in that regard.

On March 16, 2006 it was announced that Naka would be creating his own independent game studio, with partial financial backing from Sega. Naka left Sega to set up this studio, called Prope.

Production history

  • Iri-san (Dreamcast;
    No results
    9999) — Supervisor
  • Girl's Garden (SG-1000;
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    1984) — Designer/Programmer
  • F-16 Fighter (Master System;
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    1986) — Programmer
  • Hokuto no Ken (Master System) (Master System;
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    1986) — Programmer[1]
  • Spy vs Spy (Master System;
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    1986) — Programmer
  • Black Belt (Master System;
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    1986) — Programmer[1]
  • Space Harrier (Master System;
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    1986) — Produced by (as Nitta Tai Yuji)
  • Space Harrier (Master System;
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    1986) — Screenplay by (as Nitta Tai Yuji)
  • Space Harrier (Master System;
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    1986) — Proposed by (as Nitta Tai Yuji)
  • Great Baseball (Master System;
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    1987) — Programmer
  • Phantasy Star (Master System;
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    1987) — Main Program (as Muuuu Yuji)
  • Space Harrier 3D (Master System;
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    1988) — Special Thanks (as Muuu Yuji)
  • Super Thunder Blade (Mega Drive;
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    1988) — Executive Producer (as Muuuu Yuji)
  • Phantasy Star II (Mega Drive;
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    1989) — Produced and Programmed by (as Muuuu Yuji)
  • Ghouls'n Ghosts (Mega Drive;
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    1989) — Programmer[1]
  • Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom (Mega Drive;
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    1990) — Special Thanks (as Muuuu Yuji)
  • OutRun (Master System;
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    1987) — Programmer
  • Magic Knight Rayearth (Saturn) (Saturn;
    1995) — Special Thanks (as 中 裕司)
  • NiGHTS into Dreams (Saturn;
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    1996) — Producer
  • NiGHTS into Dreams (Saturn;
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    1996) — Lead Programmer
  • NiGHTS into Dreams (PlayStation 2;
    2008) — Special Thanks
  • Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams (Saturn;
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    1996) — Producer
  • Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams (Saturn;
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    1996) — Programmers
  • Burning Rangers (Saturn;
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    1998) — Producer
  • ChuChu Rocket! (Dreamcast;
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    1999) — プロデューサー&ディレクター (as なか ゆうじ)
  • ChuChu Rocket! (Dreamcast;
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    1999) — Producer/Director
  • ChuChu Rocket! (Game Boy Advance;
    2001) — Producer & Director
  • Samba de Amigo (NAOMI;
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    1999) — Producer
  • Samba de Amigo (Dreamcast;
    2000) — Producer
  • Samba de Amigo Ver.2000 (NAOMI;
    2000) — Producer
  • Samba de Amigo Ver.2000 (Dreamcast;
    2000) — Producer
  • Phantasy Star Online (Dreamcast;
    2000) — Producer
  • Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 (Dreamcast;
    2001) — Producer
  • Puyo Pop (Game Boy Advance) (Game Boy Advance;
    2001) — Producer
  • Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II () — Producer
  • Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II (GameCube;
    2002) — Producer
  • Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg (GameCube;
    2003) — Producer
  • Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution (GameCube;
    2003) — Producer
  • Puyo Pop Fever (Dreamcast;
    2004) — Producer
  • Puyo Pop Fever (Nintendo DS;
    2004) — Producer
  • Astro Boy (PlayStation 2;
    2004) — Chief Producer
  • Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst (Windows PC;
    2004) — Chief Producer
  • Virtua Quest (GameCube;
    2004) — Special Thanks
  • Feel the Magic: XY/XX (Nintendo DS;
    2004) — Chief Producer
  • Bleach GC: Tasogare ni Mamieru Shinigami (GameCube;
    2005) — チーフプロデューサー (as 中 裕司)
  • Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 26: Dynamite Deka (PlayStation 2;
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    2006) — Executive Supervisor
  • Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 27: Panzer Dragoon (PlayStation 2;
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    2006) — Executive Supervisor
  • Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 24: Last Bronx -Tokyo Bangaichi- (PlayStation 2;
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    2006) — Executive Supervisor
  • Phantasy Star Universe () — Executive Producer
  • Let's Catch (??;
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    9999) — Producer
  • Let's Tap (Wii;
    2008) — Producer
  • Hi-sCoool! SeHa Girls () — Professor Center


Song credits

OutRun (Master System Version)

  • Magical Sound Shower — Arrangement
  • Passing Breeze — Arrangement
  • Splash Wave — Arrangement
  • Last Wave — Arrangement

Interviews

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External links

Magazine articles

Main article: Yuji Naka/Magazine articles.

References