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Hironobu Sakaguchi

Hironobu Sakaguchi (born November 25, 1962) is a Japanese game designer, game director and game producer. He is famous around the world as the creator of the Final Fantasy series, and he has had a long career in gaming with over 80 million units of video games sold worldwide.

On leaving the university, Sakaguchi co-founded Square (now known as Square Enix) with Masafumi Miyamoto in September of 1983, which was a newly formed branch of Denyūsha Electric Company at the time.[citation needed]. Shortly following that, he became the Director of Planning and Development for that company. Their first games were very unsuccessful. Sakaguchi then decided to create his final work in the game industry with the rest of Square’s money, and appropriately named it Final Fantasy. The game was released in Japan for the Famicom (also known internationally as the Nintendo Entertainment System) on December 18, 1987. The game became an instant hit across Japan, and surprised even Sakaguchi with how well it did. He came out of his retirement following the success. Final Fantasy developed into a successful franchise under Sakaguchi’s watchful eye, which spans from stand alone stories to spin-offs to direct sequels. In 1991, following the release Final Fantasy IV for the Super Famicom (also known internationally as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System), he was honoured with the position of Executive Vice President[citation needed]. His mostly hands-on involvement became a bit more lax following Final Fantasy VI, which was released on April 2, 1994 (for which he was the game producer, before that, he was the game director of all the Final Fantasy games up until Final Fantasy V) for the Super Famicom and one year later, in 1995, he became President at Square USA, Inc[citation needed]. He later went on to serve more as an executive producer of the series, as well as many of Square’s other games, including Vagrant Story, Parasite Eve and Kingdom Hearts.

Hironobu Sakaguchi became the third person inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame on April 5, 2000. His Hall of Fame status was given to him because of the tremendous amount of video games he has sold and created.

Games credited

Hironobu Sakaguchi has been credited, in some capacity, with the following games.[1]

  • ASH: Archaic Sealed Heat
  • Cry On
  • Lost Odyssey (2007)
  • Blue Dragon (2006)
  • Final Fantasy X-2 (2003)
  • Final Fantasy XI (2002)
  • Final Fantasy Origins (2002)
  • Kingdom Hearts (2002)
  • Driving Emotion Type-S (2001)
  • Final Fantasy Chronicles (2001)
  • Final Fantasy X (2001)
  • The Bouncer (2000)
  • Final Fantasy IX (2000)
  • Vagrant Story (2000)
  • Chocobo Racing (1999)
  • Chrono Cross (1999)
  • Final Fantasy Anthology (1999)
  • Final Fantasy VIII (1999)
  • Front Mission 3 (1999)
  • Parasite Eve II (1999)
  • Saga Frontier 2 (1999)
  • Brave Fencer Musashi (1998)
  • Bushido Blade 2 (1998)
  • Chocobo’s Dungeon 2 (1998)
  • Ehrgeiz (1998)
  • Xenogears (1997)
  • Bushido Blade (1997)
  • Einhänder (1997)
  • Final Fantasy Tactics (1997)
  • Final Fantasy VII (1997)
  • Bahamut Lagoon (1996)
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)
  • Tobal No.1 (1996)
  • Chrono Trigger (1995)
  • Seiken Densetsu 3 (1995)
  • Final Fantasy VI (1994)
  • Final Fantasy V (1992)
  • Final Fantasy IV (1991)
  • Final Fantasy III (1990)
  • Final Fantasy II (1988)
  • Final Fantasy (1987)
  • Rad Racer (1987)
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