Naoto Ohshima

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Naoto Ohshima (大島 直人 Ōshima Naoto) is a Japanese national and former Sega employee who designed the characters of Sonic the Hedgehog and Doctor Eggman. However, Yuji Naka often gets the credit for his work on the Sonic series, because of his close association with the Sonic name. Ohshima gained renown at Sega's Sonic Team for creating characters and playing integral roles in the development of games like Phantasy Star, NiGHTS Into Dreams, and Sonic Adventure.

After leaving Sonic Team, he formed an independent game company called Artoon, of which he is currently president. There he went on to work on such games as Pinobee and Blinx: The Time Sweeper, and in 2004, the sequel to Blinx, Blinx 2: Masters of Time & Space.

He is occasionally credited under the nickname "Big Island", which is a literal translation of his surname.

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