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Nintendo-First Party Thread |OT2| New Year. New Mii.

EAD Ninja

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Oct 27, 2017
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With the advent of Nintendo's new console, growing mobile initiative, and continued support of the 3DS platform - it seems like there has never been a more exciting time to be a Nintendo fan. This upcoming wave of releases - across all three platforms - also officially welcomes the new era of Nintendo R&D management, that sees the largest arrangement of in-house developers working under the vision of one man - Shinya Takahashi.

THE DEVELOPERS


The core development force of Nintendo, with multiple production groups scattered across their main R&D plants in Kyoto and Tokyo. The personnel totals around 800 game developers that range from fresh recruits, to industry pioneers who worked on the original Famicom. While the internal R&D groups mainly focus on developing Nintendo's biggest franchises like The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. Animal Crossing, Splatoon, and Mario Kart - there is also a significant chunk of resources exclusively dedicated to creating new IPs or experiences like Miitopia, Nintendo Labo, 1-2 Switch, and Miitomo.

Nintendo EPD - Production Group No. 1 (External R&D)
■ Manager / Producer -
Hitoshi Yamagami
■ Project Leads:
■ Releases: Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE, XenoBlade Chronicles X, Kirby: Star Allies, Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! / Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!
■ Current: Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Nintendo EPD - Production Group No. 2 (External R&D)
■ Manager / Producer -
Toshiharu Izuno
■ Project Leads:
■ Releases: Mario Sports: Superstar, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga +, Mario Tennis Aces, Super Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
■ Current:
??
Nintendo EPD - Production Group No. 3 (Internal R&D) *
■ Manager / Producer -
Eiji Aonuma
■ Project Leads: Hidemaro Fujibayashi, Daiki Iwamoto, Makoto Miyanaga
■ Releases: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
■ Current: ??
Nintendo EPD - Production Group No. 4 (Internal R&D)
■ Manager / Producer -
Kouichi Kawamoto
■ Project Leads: Norihiro Ito, Tsubasa Sakaguchi
■ Releases: Rusty's Real Deal Baseball, Nintendo Badge Arcade, Miitopia, 1-2 Switch, Nintendo Labo
■ Current: ??
Nintendo EPD - Production Group No. 5 (Internal R&D) *
■ Manager / Producer -
Hisashi Nogami
■ Project Leads: Aya Kyogoku, Yusuke Amano
■ Releases: Splatoon, Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome Amiibo, Splatoon 2
■ Current: Animal Crossing
Nintendo EPD - Production Group No. 6 (External R&D) *
■ Manager / Producer -
Kensuke Tanabe
■ Project Leads: Akiya Sakamoto, Goro Abe
■ Releases: Metroid Prime: Federation Force, Paper Mario: Color Splash, WarioWare Gold
■ Current: Metroid Prime 4, Luigi's Mansion 3
Nintendo EPD - Production Group No. 7 (Internal R&D)
■ Manager / Producer -
Katsuya Yamano
■ Project Leads: Takehiko Hosokawa, Ryutaro Takahashi, Masami Yone
■ Releases: Tomodachi Life, Rhythm Heaven Megamix, Miitomo, Metroid: Samus Returns
■ Current: ??
Nintendo EPD - Production Group No. 8 (Internal R&D)
■ Manager / Producer -
Koichi Hayashida
■ Project Leads: Kentaro Motokura, Shinya Hiratake, Futoshi Shirai
■ Releases: Ultimate NES Remix, Super Mario Odyssey, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
■ Current: ??
Nintendo EPD - Production Group No. 9 (Internal R&D)
■ Manager / Producer -
Kosuke Yabuki
■ Project Leads: Masaaki Iwasaki, Kenta Sato, Kentaro Nishimura
■ Releases: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Arms
■ Current: ??
Nintendo EPD - Production Group No. 10 (Internal R&D) *
■ Manager / Producer -
Hiroyuki Kimura
■ Project Leads: ?
■ Releases: Pikmin 3, Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, Super Mario Run, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
■ Current: ??
Nintendo EPD - Smart Device Production Group (External R&D)
■ Manager / Producer -
Hideki Konno
■ Project Leads: ?
■ Releases: Fire Emblem Heroes, Dragalia Lost
■ Current: ??


Monolith Soft Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary development company of Nintendo Co., Ltd. With a staff of about 180 personnel, it's main Japan-based offices are located in Tokyo and Kyoto . The developer is mainly responsible for the XenoBlade series, but has also dedicated several resources to product art assets in cooperation with main Nintendo Co., Ltd in-house titles.
■ Monolith Soft Co., Ltd.
■ President - Hirohide Sugiura
■ Project Leads:
■ Releases: Xenoblade Chronicles X, Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country
■ Current: ??

ND Cube Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary development company of Nintendo Co., Ltd. With a staff of about 140 personnel, it's main Japan-based offices are located in Tokyo and Sapporo . The developer is responsible for a variety of mini-game compilations including the Mario Party and Wii Party series.
■ ND Cube Co., Ltd.
■ President - Hidetoshi Endo
■ Project Leads:
■ Releases: Mario Party: The Top 100, Super Mario Party
■ Current: ??

HAL Laboratory Inc. is a long-time affiliated/contracted developer for Nintendo Co., Ltd. With a staff of about 150 personnel, it's main location is in Tokyo, Japan. The developer is responsible for the Kirby series, and also helps create system tools for Nintendo's hardware.
■ HAL Laboratory Inc.
■ President - Shigefumi Kawase
■ Project Leads:
■ Releases: Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby: Star Allies
■ Current: ??

Intelligent Systems Co., Ltd. is a long-time affiliated/contracted developer for Nintendo Co., Ltd. With a staff of about 140 personnel, it's main location is in Kyoto, Japan. The developer is responsible for the Fire Emblem, Advance Wars, and Paper Mario series, and also helps create system tools for Nintendo's hardware.
■ Intelligent Systems Co., Ltd.
■ President - Toshiyuki Nakamura
■ Project Leads:
■ Releases: Fire Emblem Fates, Fire Emblem Heroes, WarioWare Gold
■ Current: Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Retro Studios Inc. is an American video game developer and subsidiary of Nintendo based in Austin, Texas. Retro was founded on September 21, 1998 as an alliance between Nintendo and former Iguana Entertainment founder Jeff Spangenberg, hoping to create titles for the then-upcoming GameCube aiming at an older demographic. The studio is best known for its work on the Metroid Prime and Donkey Kong Country series.
■ Retro Studios Inc.
■ President - Michael Kelbaugh
■ Project Leads:
■ Releases: Metroid Prime Trilogy, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze
■ Current: ??

Nintendo Software Technology Corp. is an American video game developer and subsidiary of Nintendo based in Redmond, Washington. NST was created by Nintendo as a first-party developer to create games for the North American market, though their games have also been released in other territories such as Europe and Japan. Although the development team is based in North America, there is a traditional Nintendo and Japanese-centric design applied to the development of the software.
■ Nintendo Software Technology Corp.
■ President - Shigeki Yamashiro
■ Project Leads:
■ Releases: Metroid Prime Hunters, Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge, Super Mario Maker for 3DS, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (3DS)
■ Current: ??

Next Level Games Inc. is a Canadian video game developer that is currently contracted to Nintendo Co., Ltd for the development of first-party games. The developer is located in Vancouver, Canada. The company is best known for its work with Nintendo, having released three games that have been branded into the Nintendo Selects series of most popular titles for its system: Mario Strikers and Punch-Out!! for the Wii and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon for the Nintendo 3DS.
■ Next Level Games Inc.
■ President - Douglas Tronsgard
■ Project Leads:
■ Releases: Super Mario Strikers, Punch-Out!!, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Metroid Prime Hunters: Federation Force
■ Current: Luigi's Mansion 3

Grezzo Co., Ltd. is a Japanese video game developer that has closely worked with Nintendo since it was founded in December 2006. Koichi Ishii, originally known for his work on the Mana series of games by Square Enix, was hired as CEO and president of the company in April 2007.
■ Grezzo Co., Ltd. .
■ President - Koichi Ishii
■ Project Leads:
■ Releases: Line Attack Heroes, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, Ever Oasis, Luigi's Mansion for Nintendo 3DS
■ Current: ??
 
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EAD Ninja

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THE GAMES

Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
  1. Super Mario Maker (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 10)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 3)
  3. Miitopia (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 4)
  4. Super Mario Run (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 10)
  5. Tank Troopers (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. ? / Vitei)
  6. Fire Emblem Warriors (Nintendo / Tecmo-Koei / Omega Force / Team Ninja)
  7. Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 1 / Indies Zero)
  8. WarioWare Gold (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 6 / Intelligent Systems)
Mobile
  1. Tomodachi Collection (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 7)
  2. Super Mario Run (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 10)
  3. Fire Emblem Heroes (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG SD / Intelligent Systems)
  4. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG SD / ND Cube)
  5. Dragalia Lost (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD SG / Cy Games)
Nintendo Switch
  1. 1-2 Switch (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 4)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 3)
  3. Snipperclips (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 2 / Nintendo Software Technology / SFB Games)
  4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 9)
  5. Arms (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 9)
  6. Splatoon 2 (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 5)
  7. Fire Emblem Warriors ( Nintendo / Tecmo-Koei / Omega Force / Team Ninja)
  8. Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 8)
  9. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 1 / Monolith Soft)
  10. Bayonetta 1+2 ( Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 1 / Platinum Games)
  11. Nintendo Labo: Toy Con 01 - Variety Kit (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 4)
  12. Nintendo Labo: Toy Con 02 - Robot Kit (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 4)
  13. Hyrule Warriors Deluxe ( Nintendo / Tecmo-Koei / Omega Force / Team Ninja)
  14. Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 1 / Indies Zero)
  15. Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 2 / Camelot Software)
  16. Flip Wars (Nintendo / Over The Fence)
  17. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 8)
  18. Nintendo Labo: Toy Con 03 - Vehicle Kit (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 4)
  19. Super Mario Party (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 2 / ND Cube)
  20. Pokémon: Let's Go (Nintendo / The Pokémon Company / Nintendo EPD PG No. 1 / Game Freak)
  21. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 2 / Sora / Namco-Bandai Games)
  22. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 10)
 
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Oct 25, 2017
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gonna reply here instead

2019 for 2D Zelda is a good bet imo, 2020 for 3D Zelda perhaps a bit optimistic but it's difficult to say with Nintendo and how they change plans at the drop of a hat.
if nintendo was gonna "Majora's Mask" Breath of the Wild, I think we would have seen it by now. unless they wanted to release it the same year as they reveal it. but anytime soon would overlap with the next 2D game
 
Mar 18, 2018
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#4
2019 is shaping up to be a busy year.

Animal Crossing, Yoshi, NSMBUDX, Fire Emblem Three Houses, Luigi's Mansion 3, Pokemon Gen 8, Labo gun/camera, Smash DLC with more to be announced in the new year, I'm sure. And Mario Kart on mobile, too.

Would love to see some Mario Maker, Pikmin, and Metroid next year too.
 
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It's gonna be a pretty interesting year, even if we don't get Metroid Prime 4 or Bayonetta 3 in 2019.
Yeah. Even if those two slid into 2020, it wouldn't really change much about 2019.

Because Nintendo still has a lot of reinforcements:

- Retro Studios' unannounced game.
- Platinum's unannounced game.
- What is the 2D Zelda team up to nowadays?
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Yeah. Even if those two slid into 2020, it wouldn't really change much about 2019.

Because Nintendo still has a lot of reinforcements:

- Retro Studios' unannounced game.
- Platinum's unannounced game.
- What is the 2D Zelda team up to nowadays?
How big, in terms of scale, will be the Platinum project ? Do you think it has a niche or mainstream appeal ?
 
Mar 18, 2018
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Yeah. Even if those two slid into 2020, it wouldn't really change much about 2019.

Because Nintendo still has a lot of reinforcements:

- Retro Studios' unannounced game.
- Platinum's unannounced game.
- What is the 2D Zelda team up to nowadays?
Emily slides in to make the new thread speculate for 10+ pages.

How big, in terms of scale, will be the Platinum project ? Do you think it has a niche or mainstream appeal ?
It's Platinum so it's niche almost by definition.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#14
At this point I'm just going to assume Prime 4 will come out in 2049, and anything earlier will be a nice surprise.
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,151
#16
Nice OT but some text is a bit difficult to read with the dark theme.
Yeah. Even if those two slid into 2020, it wouldn't really change much about 2019.

Because Nintendo still has a lot of reinforcements:

- Retro Studios' unannounced game.
- Platinum's unannounced game.
- What is the 2D Zelda team up to nowadays?
Did I miss something about Platinum? I assumed they had their hands full already between Granblue Fantasy, Bayonetta 3, and Babylon's Fall.
 
May 10, 2018
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Is the assumption that Prime 4 and Bayonetta 3 were always meant to be 2019? I feel like those two games have been ambiguous for a reason.

It’s time to see them but I think it’s fair to take news of those two as they come. So with Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, Pokemon, Star Fox GP(?), Daemon X Machina, some Platinum game, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, and 2D Zelda? That’s a stacked 2019.

Metroid and Bayo can honestly take as much time as they need.
 
Feb 26, 2018
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Yeah. Even if those two slid into 2020, it wouldn't really change much about 2019.

Because Nintendo still has a lot of reinforcements:

- Retro Studios' unannounced game.
- Platinum's unannounced game.
- What is the 2D Zelda team up to nowadays?
I just hope the Platinum game isn't Wiewtiful joe. a new ip would be cool
 
Oct 26, 2017
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#23
if nintendo was gonna "Majora's Mask" Breath of the Wild, I think we would have seen it by now. unless they wanted to release it the same year as they reveal it. but anytime soon would overlap with the next 2D game
This is my thinking too. A 2D Zelda can be announced in early 2019 and then released in a few months. It's what they did for ALBW for example. A 3D Zelda on the other hand, the followup to BotW to boot...?
 
Jan 10, 2018
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Yeah. Even if those two slid into 2020, it wouldn't really change much about 2019.

Because Nintendo still has a lot of reinforcements:

- Retro Studios' unannounced game.
- Platinum's unannounced game.
- What is the 2D Zelda team up to nowadays?
Please not the rumored Link's Awakening remake for 3DS...
 

N75

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Oct 25, 2017
618
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A new 2D Zelda could also satiate the people who are still looking for a more traditional Zelda game. Both styles can definitely exist.

That rumour is almost ancient at this point. It's not happening.
I'm pretty sure it also said Grezzo was working on it, which we know isn't happening because they were working on the Luigi's Mansion remake.
 
Oct 25, 2017
12,891
#31
I'm curious, was there something new which prompted everyone to assume or guess that Prime 4 and Bayonetta 3 are missing 2019? Or is it just the general uneasiness of not hearing anything since their initial announcements?
 

N75

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Oct 25, 2017
618
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I'm curious, was there something new which prompted everyone to assume or guess that Prime 4 and Bayonetta 3 are missing 2019? Or is it just the general uneasiness of not hearing anything since their initial announcements?
They were announced too early, but Nintendo had their reasons for Prime 4 at least. Bayonetta 3 tied into the 1/2 port announcement, but they could've still held off on that for a while.

I've always assumed that any game announcement without a release window is at least two years off.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Did I miss something about Platinum? I assumed they had their hands full already between Granblue Fantasy, Bayonetta 3, and Babylon's Fall.
Emily has been teasing Platinum's other Switch game for a while. it sounds like it's quite a ways into development, but if Bayo 3 is 2019/2020, this other game is still a ways off. also, Platinum does A LOT of outsourcing. all companies do, but Platinum does a crazy amount of it
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Emily has been teasing Platinum's other Switch game for a while. it sounds like it's quite a ways into development, but if Bayo 3 is 2019/2020, this other game is still a ways off. also, Platinum does A LOT of outsourcing. all companies do, but Platinum does a crazy amount of it
Emily did say that PG might something other than Bayo 3 on Switch next year

Ehoavash mentionned that the Kamiya game was a new IP for the Switch.
 
Oct 25, 2017
12,891
#38
They were announced too early, but Nintendo had their reasons for Prime 4 at least. Bayonetta 3 tied into the 1/2 port announcement, but they could've still held off on that for a while.

I've always assumed that any game announcement without a release window is at least two years off.
Two years would be 2019 for both though. I know you said at least two but it seems like the expectation here is now that both will miss 2019 and I'm curious why.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Love the new thread! I wonder if there's a possibility to check how the staff flows from project to project or division to division. After all, the common people working on the games matter as well. I think I found a website containing the credits from most games linking to the devs from EAD Ninja, but can't find it again sadly...
 
Jan 2, 2018
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I'm working on a "announced = further in development" kind of logic. until the other game is properly acknowledge, I feel this is the safer route, even if it ends up wrong
Ah, I get you and yeah, that's probably for the best, although, like we saw with Yoshi's Crafted World, of which we saw way more than Kirby Star Allies at e3 2017, it's not always working.
But in this case it's probably for the best. At least we know that Bayonetta 3 exists, that's more than a rumour.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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They already talk a bit more openly about future projects than most other Nintendo related studios (albeit for recruitment purposes).
That’s true. I suppose it’s because Monolith Soft isn’t wholly owned by Nintendo. Is this the case for other similar subsidiaries? Or is Monolith Soft a unique exception?
 
Oct 25, 2017
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That’s true. I suppose it’s because Monolith Soft isn’t wholly owned by Nintendo. Is this the case for other similar subsidiaries? Or is Monolith Soft a unique exception?
Monolith is 97% owned by NIntendo. the last 3% is split between Takahashi, Honne, and Sugiura. they're Nintendo-bound to the grave
 

N75

Member
Oct 25, 2017
618
#46
Two years would be 2019 for both though. I know you said at least two but it seems like the expectation here is now that both will miss 2019 and I'm curious why.
I think the problem is that announcing them extremely early followed by no news for over a year makes people wary.

They clearly weren't ready to be shown when announced. The next time we see them, I expect to see a release within a year.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Be a bit wild for a new platinum game to be announced and released in the same year. Not really a case for them unless the project has been in development for a while.