You’ll have to chalk this up to “better late than never” but last year on Dec. 11th 2008 Fukio Mitsuji passed away. He created some very memorable arcade titles at Taito so it’s good to watch this interview and see where he got his inspiration from as well as his thoughts on game design. You probably know his work in titles like Bubble Bobble, Rainbow Islands, Volified and others. I personally enjoy Volified quite a bit and I like Bubble Bobble except for that insidious music that gets stuck in your head after you play.
RIP Mr. Mitsuji