Eiji Aonuma was initially the producer for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, but eventually this role was passed on to Shigeru Miyamoto.


Eiji Aonuma attended the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, majoring in Design. Soon after graduating in 1988, he obtained a job with Nintendo.

At Nintendo

Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo's game designer saw and liked Aonuma's work on the Super Famicom game Marvelous: Another Treasure Island which had been influenced be The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and asked him to collaborate on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64. After an amazing game success, Aonuma was promoted to Director of the next Legend of Zelda games; Majora's Mask, the Nintendo 64 successor to Ocarina of Time, and The Wind Waker, which was the first Zelda game for Nintendo's GameCube console.

After the Wind Waker, Aonuma was ready to move on to other games, but Miyamoto convinced him to carry on with the Zelda series. He was behind the recent comings out of Twilight Princess and is working on a sequel to the Wind Waker for the Nintendo DS, called The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass which will come out in Japan on June 23, 2007, and is said to reach North America, Europe, and Australia by the Holiday Season, 2007.

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