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Former employee of Nintendo Company Limited, having worked mainly in the development department during his time with the company.

Matsuoka was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1961. Outside of painting, Matsuoka admits he is an easy going fellow without many hobbies. After graduating the Kyoto University of Arts, he officially joined Nintendo in 1984, initially working as a Graphic Artist for the Research & Development 1 Division.

Matsuoka worked as lead designer on several classic titles including Metroid, Super Mario Land, Famicom Wars, and Mario Paint. After working on the highly lauded Wario Land and WarioWare series, Matsuoka formally resigned his position at the company to join former colleague Hirokazu Tanaka at Creatures Inc., a Nintendo affiliated company that’s worked on several entries in the Pokemon franchise.

Source: Kyoto Report