Yu Suzuki

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Suzuki.
Yu Suzuki
Yu Suzuki - Game Developers Conference 2011 - Day 3.jpg
Yu Suzuki at the Game Developers Conference 2011
Born (1958-06-10) June 10, 1958 (age 61)
OccupationGame producer, designer, director, programmer, engineer, amusement software
AwardsAIAS Hall of Fame Award (2003)[1]

Yu Suzuki (鈴木 裕, Suzuki Yū, born June 10, 1958)[2] )is a famous Japanese game designer. He was born in 1958. For most of his life, he has worked for Sega. Some people say he is as famous as Shigeru Miyamoto. Suzuki created games like Hang-On and Virtua Fighter and Shenmue. He was person #6 who was added to the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

Both of Suzuki's parents were school teachers. When Suzuki was growing up, he wanted to be a dentist. But he could not pass the test, so he decided to study computers instead. In 1983 he started working at Sega. In 1993 he wrote a famous game called Virtua Fighter. It was so famous, that it was added to the Smithsonian museum in Washington DC, as an example of an important game.

Personal life[change | change source]

Suzuki said in an interview that he greatly enjoys creating games. However, he has doesn't care much about playing them. he would rather spend his free time watching movies and visiting theme parks.[3]

Games developed[change | change source]

Title Year released Platform Role
Champion Boxing 1984 Sega SG-1000 Director / Designer[4]
Hang-On 1985 Sega Hang-On hardware Director / Designer[5]
Space Harrier 1985 Sega Space Harrier hardware Director / Designer[6]
Enduro Racer 1986 Sega Space Harrier hardware Director / Designer
Out Run 1986 Sega OutRun hardware Director / Designer[7]
Super Hang-On 1986 Sega OutRun hardware Producer
After Burner 1987 Sega X Board Director / Designer[8]
After Burner II 1987 Sega X Board Director / Designer[9]
Power Drift 1988 Sega Y Board Director / Designer[10]
Dynamite Düx 1988 Sega System 16 Producer[11]
Turbo Outrun 1989 Sega OutRun hardware Producer[11]
Sword of Vermilion 1989 Sega Mega Drive Producer[11]
G-LOC: Air Battle 1990 Sega Y Board Director / Designer[12]
GP Rider 1990 Sega X Board, Sega Game Gear Producer[11]
Strike Fighter 1991 Sega Y Board Designer[13] / Producer[11]
Rent-A-Hero 1991 Sega Mega Drive Producer[11]
F1 Exhaust Note 1991 Sega System 32 Producer[11]
Virtua Racing 1992 Sega Model 1 Director / Chief Programmer[14]
Soreike Kokology 1992 Sega System 32 Producer[11]
Virtua Fighter 1993 Sega Model 1, Sega Saturn, Microsoft Windows Director / Producer[15]
Burning Rival 1993 Sega System 32 Producer[11]
Daytona USA 1993 Sega Model 2, Sega Saturn, Microsoft Windows Producer[11] / Special Thanks[16]
Virtua Cop 1994 Sega Model 2, Sega Saturn, Microsoft Windows Producer[11] / Supervisor
Virtua Fighter 2 1994 Sega Model 2, Sega Saturn, Microsoft Windows Director / Producer
Desert Tank 1994 Sega Model 2 Producer[11]
Virtua Striker 1995 Sega Model 2 Producer[11]
Virtua Cop 2 1995 Sega Model 2, Sega Saturn, Microsoft Windows Producer[11] / Supervisor
Fighting Vipers 1995 Sega Model 2, Sega Saturn Producer[11]
Virtua Fighter 3 1996 Sega Model 3, Dreamcast Director
Virtua Fighter Kids 1996 Sega ST-V, Sega Saturn Producer[11]
Fighters Megamix 1996 Sega Saturn Producer[11]
Sonic the Fighters 1996 Sega Model 2 Producer[11]
Scud Race 1996 Sega Model 3 Producer[11]
Virtua Striker 2 1997 Sega Model 3 Producer[11]
Digital Dance Mix Vol.1 Namie Amuro 1997 Sega Saturn Producer[11]
All Japan Pro-Wrestling Featuring Virtua 1997 Sega ST-V Producer[11]
Fighting Vipers 2 1998 Sega Model 3, Dreamcast Producer[11]
Daytona USA 2 1998 Sega Model 3 Producer[11]
Ferrari F355 Challenge 1999 Sega NAOMI Multiboard, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2 Director / Producer
Shenmue 1999 Dreamcast Director / Producer / Writer
Outtrigger 1999 Sega NAOMI Producer[11]
18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker 1999 Sega NAOMI, Dreamcast Producer[11]
Shenmue II 2001 Dreamcast, Xbox Director / Producer / Writer
Virtua Fighter 4 2001 Sega NAOMI 2, PlayStation 2 Director[11] / Producer
Virtua Cop 3 2003 Sega Chihiro Producer
OutRun 2 2003 Sega Chihiro Producer[17]
Sega Race TV 2008 Sega Lindbergh Producer[18]
Shenmue City 2010 Yahoo Mobage Service Director
Virtua Fighter: Cool Champ 2011 iPhone Director[19]
Bullet Pirates 2013 Android, iPhone Director[20][21]
Virtua Fighter: Fever Combo 2014 iPhone, Android Director[22]
Shenmue III 2019 PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows Director / Producer/ Writer[23]

Canceled games[change | change source]

Title Year canceled Platform Role
Virtua Fighter 3 - Saturn Director
Propeller Arena 2001 Dreamcast Producer
Pure Breed Concept[24]
Psy-Phi 2005 Sega Lindbergh Director / Producer
Shenmue Online 2007 PC Director

Hardware developed[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "D.I.C.E Special Awards". Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  2. Yu Suzuki on IMDb
  3. "Nothing Compares to Yu". Next Generation (Imagine Media) (11): 8. November 1995. 
  4. "Champion Boxing arcade video game by SEGA Enterprises, Ltd. (1984)". Arcade-history.com. 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  5. "Hang-On arcade video game by SEGA Enterprises, Ltd. (1985)". Arcade-history.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  6. "Space Harrier arcade video game by SEGA Enterprises, Ltd. (1985)". Arcade-history.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  7. "Out Run arcade video game by SEGA Enterprises, Ltd. (1986)". Arcade-history.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  8. "After Burner arcade video game by SEGA Enterprises, Ltd. (1987)". Arcade-history.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  9. "After Burner II arcade video game by SEGA Enterprises, Ltd. (1987)". Arcade-history.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  10. "Power Drift arcade video game by SEGA Enterprises, Ltd. (1988)". Arcade-history.com. 2012-01-22. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 11.12 11.13 11.14 11.15 11.16 11.17 11.18 11.19 11.20 11.21 11.22 11.23 11.24 11.25 11.26 Works of Yu Suzuki, Ys Net
  12. "G-Loc: Air Battle arcade video game by SEGA Enterprises, Ltd. (1990)". Arcade-history.com. 2015-12-20. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  13. "Strike Fighter arcade video game by SEGA Enterprises, Ltd. (1991)". Arcade-history.com. 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  14. "V.R.: Virtua Racing arcade video game by SEGA Enterprises, Ltd. (1992)". Arcade-history.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  15. "Virtua Fighter arcade video game by SEGA Enterprises, Ltd. (1993)". Arcade-history.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  16. "Daytona USA arcade video game by SEGA Enterprises, Ltd. (1993)". Arcade-history.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  17. "Out Run 2 arcade video game by SEGA Enterprises, Ltd. (2003)". Arcade-history.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  18. "Yu Suzuki At A Time Of Transition". Gamasutra.com. 2011-06-24. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  19. "Cool Champ Virtua Fighter" (PDF). Ys Net. 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
  20. "iTunes Store へ接続中です。". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  21. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  22. "Virtua Fevercombo Fighter" (PDF). Ysnet-inc.jp. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  23. "Shenmue 3 by Ys Net — Kickstarter". Kickstarter.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  24. Leone, Matt. "Two Hours in Yu Suzuki's Kitchen". Polygon. Retrieved 2015-06-28.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Mielke, James (2010-12-07). "The Disappearance of Yu Suzuki: Part 1". 1UP. Archived from the original on 2015-07-26. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
  26. "Model 3: Sega Affirms Arcade Supremacy". Next Generation. May 1996. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  27. 27.0 27.1 Suzuki, Yu (2015-06-20). "I am Yu Suzuki. New Posting!". Reddit. Retrieved 2015-09-06.

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