Most people don’t ever read credits in movies, anime, and video games. It’s the perfect time to unwind and take stock of what you just experienced and stretch it out or immediately jump to your next activity.
Those who did watch the credits for Nintendo’s latest hit, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, noticed something that seemed to stick out. The internet was quick to post about it on their favorite sites.
Out of the hundreds of Japanese names in the credits, Corey Bunnell’s name stood out for being distinctly non-Japanese. After some good old-fashioned internet detective work from Redditors and Tumblr bloggers alike, all of them converged on one post made 10 years ago: on the Translators Cafe forum asking for advice on how to study and work in Japan.
“My dream is to live in Japan and work for Nintendo as a game designer. I realize this is a very large goal but it has been my dream since I first played Mario. I need help figuring out how to achieve this goal. I know I would need to goto a game design school of some sort, and also get my Japanese to a level where I can speak and write professionally.”
After a commenter suggested that he taught English in Japan first, just to get him into the country and closer to his goal, he responded:
“I’ll basically do anything to achieve my goal so being an english teacher would be fine.”
Three years later, in 2010, Corey Bunnell got into the programming course at Ritsumeikan University and began interning at Nintendo before getting hired full time in 2014 after he graduated. He appeared in a photo taken of the Breath of the Wild‘s development team at GDC.
Corey Bunnell had a dream, asked for help, made a plan and ran with it. A decade ago, he was just a wide-eyed kid looking to work for Nintendo after playing Mario, and now his name is displayed at the beginning of the credit sequence of one of the best games of all time.
Good for you, Corey! You are an inspiration to us all!