Hirokazu Yasuhara, a games industry veteran and one of the game directors for the early Sonic titles has joined Nintendo. It was reported by Gamasutra, and has been confirmed by both Nintendo and Yasuhara himself. Yasuhara has worked as a game designer for a number of major companies and has contributed to some of the most successful games and franchises of the past two decades. As well as Sonic, he has worked on the Jak & Daxter and Uncharted franchises.
Most recently he was working with Namco Bandai, but he is now a full-fledged Nintendo employee at "Nintendo NST," or Nintendo Software Technology, a North American Nintendo subsidiary. Yasuhara has told press that he will be working at Nintendo of America in Redmond, Washington.