Aya Kyogoku

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Aya Kyogoku
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Born 1981 or 1982
Osaka, Japan
Occupation Video game director and producer
Notable work Animal Crossing series
Title Manager of Nintendo EPD Production Group No. 5

Aya Kyogoku (京極あや, born c. 1981) is a Japanese video game director and producer who is the manager of Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development Production Group No. 5,[1] which oversees the development of the Animal Crossing series. She has worked on all games in the Animal Crossing series since Animal Crossing: City Folk and has directed or produced several of the games. Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, both directed by Kyogoku, broke sales records for the series, with the latter selling nearly as many copies as all titles in the Animal Crossing series combined.[2]

Kyogoku joined Nintendo in September 2003. She was a scriptwriter for The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess prior to working on the Animal Crossing series.




  1. As Sequence Director, Kyogoku was responsible for scriptwriting and character dialogue.[3]
  2. Kyogoku also worked as the producer of the Welcome amiibo update.


  1. Brian (June 14, 2019). "Nintendo promotes Aya Kyogoku, Hisashi Nogami, Eiji Aonuma, and Yoshihito Ikebata". Nintendo Everything.
  2. J. Clement. "Unit sales of the Animal Crossing franchise worldwide as of December 2020, by title". Statista.
  3. Satoru Iwata, Aya Kyogoku, Ryuji Kobayashi, Isao Moro, Hisashi Nogami. "The First New Title in 3 Years". Iwata Asks.