Satoshi Tajiri

Satoshi Tajiri


8/28/1965, Mashida, Tokyo

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Satoshi Tajiri is best known for two things: The first being that he created the multi-billion dollar franchise known as Pokemon, and also created the Game Freak Co., which started as a simple magazine, and is now a well known video game company. As a child, Tajiri enjoyed…more


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    • He became friends with Shigeru Miyamoto when he went to work for Nintendo.

    • Satoshi is, in some ways, similar to the character "Ash" from his creation,Pokemon, when he was a child, such as collecting.

    • Tajiri published two books: "CAP Land" and "Catch 'em all CAP Land."

    • As a child, Tajiri hated school. His father had wanted him to become an electrical utility engineer.

    • Two people who helped him with his magazine company were James Hanzakto and Yuusuke Santamaria. These people were friends of Tajiri.

    • To learn game programming, he took apart a Nintendo system to see how it was put together and worked.

    • He was part of the first generation of people in Japan to be introduced to anime and manga.

    • He had a passion for video games since he was a kid.

    • He is described by Nintendo officials as "reclusive" and "eccentric."

    • His first game he made was a game called Quinty.

    • Before he created the Pokemon franchise, one of his favorite video games was Space Invaders. He was such a big fan of arcades that one local arcade where he lived gave him a Space Invaders machine to take home.

    • Other than the Pokemon franchise, Tajiri has worked on other video games like Drill Dozer.

    • The first Pokemon video games took Tajiri 5 years to make: the longest time ever for a Nintendo Game.

    • The idea of the Pokemon video game franchise was partly inspired by how Tajiri enjoyed collecting and trading the bugs he caught as a kid.

    • In the Japanese version of Pokemon, Gary Oak is named Shigeru, after Shigeru Miyamoto, one of Tajiri's friends, and the maker of franchises such as Mario and The Legend of Zelda.

    • In the Japanese version of Pokemon, Ash is named "Satoshi", probably after Tajiri's first name.

    • In 1982, Tajiri, along with his friends, published a magazine about cheat codes and other game-related things, naming it "Game Freak." Game Freak later became a company who made their own games, including the Pokemon video game franchise.

    • He was diagnosed with Aspberger's syndrome.

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