Though he claims he never had any gaming aspirations before joining Sega in 1990, Mizuguchi has become a notable puzzle and rhythm game developer.
At Sega (1990-2003)
Before leaving Sega
in 2003, Tetsuya Mizuguchi held the title of Chief Creative Officer for the company's United Game Artists
(UGA) division. Under the leadership of Mizuguchi, such titles as Sega Rally Championship
, Space Channel 5
were developed. In September of 2003, UGA members were transferred into the Sonic Team
in order to work on the Sonic Riders
series. Due to conflicting interests and Mizuguchi feeling hindered in his vision by Sega (supposedly as a result of the Sega-Sammy merger), he left the company in 2003 and founded Q Entertainment
Q Entertainment (2003-present)
Mizuguchi's company came out of the Sega debacle swinging, releasing the popular Lumines
for the PSP
in 2004. They continued on the handheld market with Meteos
for Nintendo DS
in 2005. The game spawned a Disney-themed version
Between the two Meteos
DS releases, Q Entertainment released Lumines Live!
for the Xbox Live Arcade
and Lumines II
for the PSP, both in 2006. The same year, Mizuguchi and his company also worked with the South Korean video game developer Phantagram
on the 2006 Xbox 360 title Ninety-Nine Nights
. The company went on to release Every Extend Extra
in August. Mizuguchi and his company also developed and released Gunpey
on the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP as a tribute to long time Nintendo developer Gunpei Yokoi
2007 saw Lumines
come to the PlayStation 2
in the form of Lumines Plus
, a port combining the first two PSP Lumines titles. Lumines saw its first PC release in this year as well. Q Entertainment would visit the home console market as well, releasing Every Extend Extra Extreme
, an Xbox Live Arcade update of the PSP game.
The following year, Q Entertainment would release Meteos Wars, an XBLA game based on the original DS title. 2008 also saw Q Entertainment release Rez HD
, a high-definition
, 5.1 surround sound
version of Mizuguchi's classic creation Rez. Lumines Supernova
was also released in 2008, a PlayStation Network
version of the now-classic puzzle game. Lumines was also released on Steam
in this year.
In 2009, Every Extend Extra Extreme, Lumines Live!, and Rez HD would see a release on physical media for Xbox 360
in the form of Qubed
. Q Entertainment didn't abandon the digital distribution space that year, though, as Lumines saw an iPhone release
for the successful and pervasive franchise (which has seen a release on every modern platform except for Nintendo DS). Q Entertainment also handled the 2009 DS release of Peggle
At the E3 2010 Ubisoft
press conference, Q Entertainment announced Child of Eden
, a spiritual successor to Rez. Mizuguchi gave a gameplay demo with Microsoft's Kinect
controller. The game will be released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in Q1 2011.
Outside of the games industry, Mizuguchi is also involved with the band Genki Rockets. The music video for their song Heavenly Star
(which can be found in Lumines II
and No More Heroes
) was directed by him, and he also helped produce and write the lyrics for the track.
Mizuguchi is one of the few Japanese developers who can speak English fluently. He has made many presentations and given several interviews to the Western media in English.
According to his Twitter feed, he does not like Tom Cruise.