Yuji Naka, credited in some games as YU2, is a Japanese video game programmer, designer and producer. He is the former head of the Sega studio Sonic Team, where he was the lead programmer of the original Sonic the Hedgehog series on the Sega Mega Drive.
Naka also led the development of games including Nights into Dreams (1996), Burning Rangers (1998), Sonic Adventure (1998) and three games in the Phantasy Star franchise (1987–2000).
In 2006, Naka left Sega to found Prope, an independent game company. He joined Square Enix to direct the platform game Balan Wonderworld (2021), which reunited him with the Sonic co-creator Naoto Ohshima.
After the game underperformed critically and commercially, Naka announced he had left Square Enix.
In 2022, he said he was removed from Balan Wonderworld before it was released, and sued Square Enix. That November, Naka was arrested on suspicions of insider trading during his time at Square Enix.
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Around 1983, Naka saw that the video game company Sega was looking for programming assistants and applied. Following a brief interview, he began working for Sega in April 1984.
His first task was designing maps and checking floppy disks for Road Runner for the SG-1000, he could not recall if the game was released.
His first major project was Girl’s Garden (1985), which he and the composer Hiroshi Kawaguchi created as part of their training process.
Their boss was impressed and decided to publish the game, and it earned them notice among their peers and Japanese gamers.