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Yuji Naka
Yuji Naka (中裕司, なかゆうじ, Naka Yūji, born September 17, 1965) - A video game designer, programmer, the former head of Sonic Team, a group of Sega programmers/designers, the lead programmer of the original Sonic the Hedgehog and the head of PROPE.

After graduating High school, Yuji Naka decided to skip university and stay in his home town of Osaka. During this time, Yuji worked long hours at various menial jobs. After quitting his last job, Yuji saw that Sega was looking for programming assistants. After a brief interview, Yuji was hired and began working on a game called Girl's Garden, which earned him critical praise and fan appreciation. He programmed the original Sonic the Hedgehog game, while Naoto Oshima designed the character and Hirokazu Yasuhara planned the stages. Naka has also produced several other titles like Nights into Dreams..., Burning Rangers and Phantasy Star Online. In early games he was often credited as "YU2" (in reference to Yu Suzuki) and "Muuu Yuji". He is one of the few famous Japanese game creators to speak fluent English.

Naka also helped create a popular EyeToy game for the PlayStation 2 called Sega SuperStars, and finds mention in Shadow the Hedgehog where GUN soldiers will occasionally call out "Mister Yuji Naka is all right".

Information source: “Yuji Naka.” wikipedia.org. Article date: 12 Feb. 2008. Retrieved: Wikipedia. 16 Feb. 2008 <Yuji Naka>.






























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