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Kumazaki

Shinya Kumazaki

Shinya Kumazaki (クマザキ) is a Japanese video game concept designer, an employee at HAL Laboratory, and a creative force behind Nintendo's Kirby series. He began as a designer on Kirby Air Ride and Kirby: Canvas Curse. The first Kirby game he directed was Kirby Super Star Ultra, released in 2008.

Additionally, Kumazaki has done voice work for the series. He has voiced King Dedede and related characters in various games.

Kumazaki considers "devices, maps, and tough boss battles" the essential components of quality action games.[1] His favorite main series and spin-off Kirby games are Kirby's Adventure and Kirby Air Ride, respectively.[2][3]

Credits

Director

General Director

Design

Special Thanks

Voice Acting

  • King Dedede
    • Kirby Super Star Ultra
    • Kirby's Return to Dream Land
    • Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
    • Kirby: Triple Deluxe
    • Kirby Fighters Deluxe
    • Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe
    • Kirby's Blowout Blast
    • Kirby Battle Royale
    • Kirby Star Allies
  • Shadow Dedede
    • Kirby: Triple Deluxe
  • Mini Dedede
    • Kirby Fighters Deluxe — pitch modified
  • Combo Dedede
    • Kirby Fighters Deluxe — pitch modified
  • Dark Crafter
    • Kirby and the Rainbow Curse — uncredited, voice clip modified
  • Dedede Clone
    • Kirby: Planet Robobot — pitch modified as character splits
  • King D-Mind
    • Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
  • Parallel Dedede
    • Kirby Star Allies

Trivia

Kumazaki Mii

Kumazaki's Mii on Miiverse

  • Satoshi Ishida, an employee at HAL Laboratory, posted and updated Behind the Scenes Miiverse communities on behalf of Kumazaki, specifically for the Kirby's Nintendo 3DS games.[18] Both developers would converse back and forth on some occasions, such as for the Kirby: Planet Robobot Ask-a-thon event.[19]
  • Kumazaki owns a pet cat. He recorded its voice and spliced the sound into Star Dream and Star Dream Soul OS's screech in Kirby: Planet Robobot, making it sound more feline-like.[20]

References

  1. Iwata Asks: Kirby's Return to Dream Land
  2. Miiverse
  3. Miiverse
  4. Kirby Super Star Ultra credits
  5. Kirby's Return to Dream Land credits
  6. Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition credits
  7. Kirby: Triple Deluxe credits
  8. Kirby Fighters Deluxe credits
  9. Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe credits
  10. Kirby: Planet Robobot credits
  11. Team Kirby Clash Deluxe credits
  12. Kirby's Blowout Blast credits
  13. Kirby Battle Royale credits
  14. Kirby Star Allies credits
  15. Kirby Air Ride credits
  16. Kirby: Canvas Curse credits
  17. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse credits
  18. Miiverse
  19. Miiverse
  20. Miiverse