When a video game creator can become synonymous with their product, that’s more often than not a good sign of involvement, dedication, and passion. Such was the case with Yoshinori Ono, Producer of the Street Fighter series since 1998. Always an energetic presence at events and tournaments, Ono could be counted on for plenty of Blanka photo ops and leading the gathered crowd in a group shout of “Shoryuken!”

Yesterday though, he’s made the announcement that he will be leaving Capcom this summer, ending an almost 30 year tenure with the company.

 

 
Having met Ono a handful of times at events like San Diego Comic-Con and Evo, it was clear that his love of Street Fighter and showmanship made him perfect for this sort of forward facing role. Highlights included his “rivalry” with Bandai Namco’s Tekken Producer and Director Katsuhiro Harada and a tease for a potential Darkstalkers revival that (unfortunately) never left the grave.

We wish Ono nothing but the best, and look forward to what the future holds for the Street Fighter series.

 

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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.

Ricky Berg