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Biography

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

Yamamoto was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1955. After graduating from the University of Kyoto, he officially joined Nintendo in 1978, initially working as a Computer Programmer for the Research & Development 1 Division.

Yamamoto’s first projects at the company were hardware programming for a variety of Game & Watch titles. Yamamoto was also involved in the complex reverse engineering of the original arcade smash Donkey Kong, that allowed the development of Donkey Kong Jr. Yamamoto’s final contributions as a programmer were on the landmark Game Boy titles Super Mario Land and Metroid II: Return of Samus. Yamamoto spent the latter half of his career as project director, and later as a supervisor with several titles under his belt including Metroid, Tetris 2, Dr. Mario, Battle Clash, Yoshi’s Cookie, and Tetris Attack.

Source: Kyoto Report
Personal Information
Full Name: Masao Yamamoto (山本 雅央)
Born: 1955
Home Town: Kyoto