Shigesato Itoi Movies and Career Information

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Nov 10, 1948

Shigesato Itoi (糸井重里 , Itoi Shigesato) (born November 10, 1948) is one of the most influential cultural figures in Japan, known for his copywriting, essays, lyrics, Nintendo game creation, and as editor-in-chief of his popular website “Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun.” (“Almost” Daily Itoi News) He is best known outside of Japan as a game designer for his work on Nintendo's EarthBound series of games, as well as his bass fishing video game. He is also known as the person who thought up the name Game Boy. Itoi, with his copywriting work in the 1980s, established the profession among the general public in Japan. His copies epitomize the era, and are quoted regularly as a best-selling song would. Multi-talented Itoi quickly expanded his horizons into essays, lyrics, and eventually to Nintendo game creation. He is best known in the US for Nintendo's EarthBound, released in the 1990s (released as MOTHER 2 in Japan). He has voiced Mei and Satsuki's father, Tatsuo Kusakabe, in the Japanese version of the My Neighbor Totoro anime film, has been a judge on a few episodes of the Japanese shows Iron Chef and Hey! Spring of Trivia, and has also co-authored a collection of short stories titled Yume

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