Hisashi Nogami

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Hisashi Nogami
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Hisashi Nogami for Nintendo (2019)
Born 1971 (age 51–52)
Yawata, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Notable work Animal Crossing series
Title Manager at Nintendo EAD (2013-2015)
Manager of Nintendo EPD Production Group No. 5
Deputy General Manager at Nintendo (2019–present)

Hisashi Nogami (野上恒, Nogami Hisashi, 1971) is a Japanese video game designer, director, and producer; he is the current Deputy General Manager at Nintendo and producer of the Animal Crossing series and Splatoon series.

Nogami was previously manager of Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development (EPD) Group No. 5 from its inception in 2015 until 2019, when he was promoted, and succeeded by Aya Kyogoku.[1]

Nogami joined Nintendo in 1994 and has been involved with the Animal Crossing series since its original inception, serving as co-director of Doubutsu no Mori and Animal Crossing (2001), alongside series creator Katsuya Eguchi. Nogami worked as system director and art director of Doubutsu no Mori.


Nogami was born circa 1971 in Yawata, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan and attended the Osaka University of Arts. He has been employed at Nintendo since 1994, after he was hired during the Nintendo Dentsu Game Seminar. His first project was Yoshi's Island, released in 1995, working as a character and background designer.

Work on the Animal Crossing series[edit]

Illustration by Nogami for the launch of New Horizons (2020)

Nogami began working on the Animal Crossing series since its inception in the late 1990s. Doubutsu no Mori was developed by an inexperienced team at Nintendo EAD, led by Nogami, Katsuya Eguchi, and Super Mario co-creator Takashi Tezuka. The project began after the release of Yoshi's Story in 1997, in-which Nogami served as CG designer.

Nogami went onto solely direct 2005's Animal Crossing: Wild World, with Eguchi instead serving as producer. Eguchi would also produce Animal Crossing: City Folk, with Nogami co-directing alongside Isao Moro in 2008. Nogami did not work on New Leaf, which was instead directed by Isao Moro and Aya Kyogoku, but was credited with special thanks.

In 2013, Nogami succeeded Animal Crossing series creator Katsuya Eguchi as manager of Nintendo EAD Group No. 2, where he oversaw the creation and development of Splatoon. In 2015, Nintendo EAD 2 was restructured into Nintendo EPD Group No. 5, of which Nogami managed.

Nogami returned to the Animal Crossing series as producer for 2015's Happy Home Designer, with Aya Kyogoku, and amiibo Festival. He would also serve as co-producer for Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo in 2016, and supervisor for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp in 2017, both alongside Kyogoku.

By 2019, Nogami was promoted to Deputy General Manager at Nintendo and succeeded as manager of Nintendo EPD Group No. 5 by Aya Kyogoku. At this time, development was progressing on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, whereby Nogami served as its sole producer.


Animal Crossing series[edit]


  1. For Doubutsu no Mori, Nogami served as system director and art director.
  2. For Animal Crossing, Nogami served as system director and art director.
  3. For Doubutsu no Mori+, Nogami served as system director and art director.