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Takao Sawano is the former general manager of Nintendo EAD, the company's technology development department. Originally hired in 1978 to design the Famicom Disk System's controller, Sawano has since gone on to produce, program and provide technical support for Nintendo games. Sawano is credited under special thanks in Metroid Prime. Most recently, Sawano produced the Wii Balance Board and was the project manager of Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre, an interactive guide through the Louvre in Paris.