Ojiro Fumoto

Ojiro Fumoto, the creator of the indie platformer Downwell, has announced he has started a new job at Nintendo. Mr. Fumoto previously announced on Facebook in December he had accepted a gig with the Japanese gaming giant and would begin this month. “It was super fun developing games as indie, and I can’t wait to see what it’s like to develop games as part of a bigger team,” he declared last month.


The tweet above translates, roughly, as “I got a job on the Nintendo DS! I’ll do my best to”.

The indie otherwise known as ‘Moppin’, Ojiro Fumoto is the maker of Downwell, the vertical shooter-platformer noteworthy for its procedurally generated levels and gothic, pixel art style. Downwell released to the world in 2015 for mobile and PC. PlayStation 4 and Vita ports followed in 2016. Mr. Fumoto has not, and likely cannot, announce what he is working on within Nintendo’s hallowed halls.

Ojiro Fumoto follows in the footsteps of another famous Japanese game creator to join a massive organization. Only yesterday, Sonic co-creator Yuji Naka announced he has joined Square Enix.

Alex Irish
When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise is Pokémon, full-stop, but his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4. He attended the first-ever IGN House Party and is a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.