Junichi Masuda is a games director, composer, producer and programmer. Masuda has been working with Game Freak, Niantic, Inc., The Pokemon Company and Nintendo. Masuda started in 1989 as the composer of Mendel Palace. Then, Junichi Masuda went on to work on Mario & Yoshi as the composer. Afterwards, Junichi Masuda worked on Pokémon Black 2, White 2 developed by Game Freak in 2012. The latest work of Junichi Masuda was Pokémon Sword, Shield, published in 2019.