Takashi Tezuka (手塚 卓志, Tezuka Takashi, born November 17, 1960) is a video game producer and executive officer working for Nintendo. A graduate of the Design Department of Osaka University of Arts, he joined the company in April 1984 and was involved with some of the most critically acclaimed Nintendo series, including Mario and The Legend of Zelda. Tezuka is fond of fantasy novels such as J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and wrote the story and script for The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. Tezuka was also involved in the creation process of Yoshi, after Shigeru Miyamoto originally wanted Mario to ride a horse in Super Mario Bros. 3.
I have never consciously separated casual users and hardcore gamers when I design a game. For the past 20 years, I have always been trying to make games so that anyone — as many people as possible — can enjoy them... I cannot help but say that I love my job of making games from … full text