Genyo Takeda has been with Nintendo since 1972 and is credited with creating the first arcade machine that Nintendo ever released, called EVR Race. He would go on to lead the team that created Punch-Out!! and was usually heavily involved with the hardware side of Nintendo. He worked on developing a battery backup memory for the NES, resulting in The Legend of Zelda having a save function, something completely new for its time.
As the years progressed he was involved with many projects, including Star Tropics and the invention of the Nintendo 64’s analog stick. He was one of the lead architects of the Wii, which went on to become Nintendo’s best selling home console of all time.
After Mr. Iwata died, Mr. Takeda was reassigned to Technology Fellow to oversee many of the hardware teams in the company. Taking his place will be Ko Shiota, who is currently Executive Officer and General Manager of Platform Technology Development Division. His new role will be titled: Senior Executive Officer and General Manager of Platform Technology Development Division. This will take place on June 29, 2017 assuming the board approves the promotion.
We wish Mr. Takeda a happy retirement!