Sakamoto as of 2014

Yoshio Sakamoto is the producer of the Tomodachi series, and is generally considered its creator. Outside of Japan, Sakamoto is known for his work on the critically acclaimed Metroid series, and also served as director of games such as Balloon Fight for the NES in 1986.

In his early life, Sakamoto hobbied as a pixel artist. After being noticed by Nintendo veterin Gunpei Yokoi, however, he was hired as part of Nintendo's R&D1 division, designing the graphics for the Game & Watch port of Donkey Kong Jr.. After the disolution of Nintendo R&D in 2003, Sakamoto became general manager of Nintendo's SPD division as part of group #1, before being promoted to deputy manager of the entire subdivision in 2012.