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Who is Sega’s “Emirin”?

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Who is Sega’s, “Emirin”?

The name is attached to quite a few amazing Sega Genesis/Mega Drive titles (and at least one title for the Sega Master System).

Games include:

Castle of Illusion (1990, Sega Genesis/Mega Drive)
Quackshot (1991, Sega Genesis/Mega Drive)
World of Illusion (1992, Sega Genesis/Mega Drive)
Deep Duck Trouble (1993, Sega Master System)

It’s obviously a pseudonym, usually attributed as a game designer for Sega Japan’s (AM7?) early Disney games. But who is it? Even in 2013, at the time of this writing, his/her identity is still unknown.

The best piece of research I could find was this article from Hardcore Gaming 101 focusing on Disney titles for the Genesis.

Anyone else have any other info? Please leave a comment.

UPDATE – October 7th, 2013

Shout out to Vague Rant who chimed in within the comments sections and shed some new insight into the mysterious, “Emirin”!

Emiko Yamamoto aka Emirin

Emiko Yamamoto (山本恵美子) is a game designer and producer at Disney. She still works at Disney but nowadays seems to be more on the executive side of the business. She’s been a producer on a variety of titles since the ’90s, including big names like Kingdom Hearts.

(Photo courtesy Sega Retro)

Thanks, Vague Rant!

For more info, check out Emiko’s page at Sega Retro:
http://segaretro.org/Emiko_Yamamoto

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