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OT3 note: Taking over duties from EAD Ninja for this one, he gave me the okay and said he might host OT4 when the time comes for that one. As such, I've just copy-pasted all the info from OT2 over here and updated a few minor things so far. OT2 exploded way past its 200-post limit so here we are.

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
General Manager: Shinya Takahashi
Deputy General Managers: Katsuya Eguchi, Eiji Aonuma, Hisashi Nogami, Yoshiaki Koizumi, Keisuke Terasaki
Executive Officer: Takashi Tezuka, Yoshiaki Koizumi
Senior Officer: Yoshio Sakamoto, Takashi Tezuka, Kensuke Tanabe

Nintendo EPD - Production Group No. 1 (External R&D)
Manager / Producer - Hitoshi Yamagami
Project Leads: Genki Yokota, Kaori Ando, Makoto Okazaki, Akira Kinashi
Series/Titles: Fire Emblem, Xenoblade, Kirby, Pokémon, Bayonetta, Style Savvy
Recent: Xenoblade 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Astral Chain, Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!/Let's Go, Eevee!
Current: Pokémon Sword/Shield, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE Encore, Super Kirby Clash, Bayonetta 3

Nintendo EPD - Production Group No. 2 (External R&D)
Manager / Producer - Toshiharu Izuno
Project Leads: Tomohiro Yamamura, Akira Otani, Toyokazu Nonaka
Series/Titles: Mario & Luigi RPG, Mario Sports, Mario Party, Super Smash Bros., Ever Oasis, Fatal Frame, Golden Sun, Yoshi-series
Recent: Mario Tennis Aces, Super Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, BOXBOY+BOXGIRL!, Yoshi's Crafted World
Current: The Stretchers (with Tarsier Studios)

Nintendo EPD - Production Group No. 3 (Internal R&D)
Manager - Daiki Iwamoto, Makoto Miyanaga
Producer : Eiji Aonuma
Project Leads: Hidemaro Fujibayashi
Series: The Legend of Zelda
Recent: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (with Grezzo)
Current: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel

Nintendo EPD - Production Group No. 4 (Internal R&D)
Manager / Producer - Kouichi Kawamoto
Project Leads: Norihiro Ito, Tsubasa Sakaguchi
Series/Titles: Brain Age, Rusty's Real Deal Baseball, Nintendo Badge Arcade, Miitopia
Recent: 1-2 Switch, Nintendo Labo
Current: Ring Fit Adventure, Brain Age: Nintendo Switch Training/Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch (w/ indieszero)

Nintendo EPD - Production Group No. 5 (Internal R&D)
Manager - Aya Kyogoku
Producer - Hisashi Nogami
Project Leads: Aya Kyogoku, Yusuke Amano
Series/Titles: Splatoon, Animal Crossing
Recent: Splatoon 2, Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion
Current: Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Nintendo EPD - Production Group No. 6 (External R&D)
Manager - ?
Producer - Kensuke Tanabe
Project Leads: Akiya Sakamoto, Goro Abe, Yoshihito Ikebata
Series/Titles: Metroid Prime, Donkey Kong Country, Paper Mario, WarioWare, Chibi-Robo!, Luigi's Mansion
Recent: 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 with External Collaborations)
Manager - Katsuya Yamano
Producer - Yoshio Sakamoto
Project Leads: Takehiko Hosokawa, Ryutaro Takahashi, Masami Yone
Series/Titles: Tomodachi Life/Mii-series, Rhythm Heaven, Metroid (2D)
Recent: Rhythm Heaven Megamix, Miitomo, Metroid: Samus Returns
Current: Famicom Detective Club Remakes (with Mages Inc.)

Nintendo EPD - Production Group No. 8 (Internal R&D)
Manager / Producer - Koichi Hayashida
Assistant Manager: Kenta Motokura, Atsushi Yamaguchi
Project Leads: Shinya Hiratake, Futoshi Shirai
Series/Titles: Super Mario (3D), Captain Toad
Recent: Super Mario 3D World, 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
Series/Titles: Mario Kart, Nintendogs
Recent: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS
Current: Mario Kart Tour

Nintendo EPD - Production Group No. 10 (Internal R&D)
Manager / Producer - Hiroyuki Kimura
Project Leads: Shigefumi Hino, Yosuke Oshino
Series/Titles: Pikmin, Super Mario Bros. (2D), Super Mario Maker
Recent: Super Mario Run, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Super Mario Maker 2
Current: Super Mario Maker 2 DLC

Nintendo EPD - Smart Device Production Group (External R&D)
Manager / Producer - Hideki Konno
Project Leads: ?
Recent: Fire Emblem Heroes, Dragalia Lost, Dr. Mario World
Current: Mario Kart Tour


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. [Monolith Soft Project Archive Thread, all about what MLS is working on]
President - Hirohide Sugiura
Project Leads: ?
Releases: Xenoblade Chronicles X, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, XC 2: Torna – The Golden Country
Production Team 1 (Tetsuya Takahashi): ??
Production Team 2: support for Breath of the Wild sequel[
Additionally in development: Xenoblade: Definitive Edition, Fantasy Action RPG IP


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, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
Current: ??


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: Metroid Prime 4


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: Mario & DK-series, Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge, Super Mario Maker for 3DS, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (3DS/Switch) + DLC
Current: ??


Nintendo European Research & Development (NERD) is a European subsidiary based in Paris, France. The company formerly known as Mobiclip specializes in classic game emulation and is instrumental in supporting the Virtual Console service, the Classics Mini-hardware releases, and the Nintendo Switch Online classic game service.
■ Nintendo European Research & Development (NERD website)
Projects: Nintendo DS Virtual Console on Wii U, Wii-DL software on Wii U, "Super-stable 3D" on New Nintendo 3DS, NES & SNES Classic, Labo VR Kit
Current: Nintendo Switch Online Classic NES/SNES Games-service


Genius Sonority began operations in July 2001, for the original purpose of developing Pokémon games for home consoles and was officially incorporated in June 2002, with funding provided by Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi’s Q Fund, a cash reserve used for Nintendo game company start-ups. Current shareholders of the company include Yamana Satoru, Nintendo, and The Pokémon Company. The company's founder and current president, Manabu Yamana, is best known as a key person at Heartbeat, a company that developed games in the Dragon Quest series for Enix.
■ Genius Sonority Co., Ltd.
President - Manabu Yamana
Project Leads: ?
Releases: Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors (2007), 100 Classic Book Collection, Pokémon Battle Trozei (2014), The Denpa Men RPG Free! (2014), Pokémon Shuffle (2015)
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, BYE-BYE BOXBOY!, Kirby Battle Royale, Kirby: Star Allies, BOXBOY!+BOXGIRL!, Super Kirby Clash
Current: New Kirby


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, Paper Mario: Color Splash, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, Fire Emblem Heroes, WarioWare Gold
Current: Fire Emblem: Three Houses


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: Charged, Punch-Out!!, Luigi's Mansion 2, Metroid Prime: 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 3DS
Current: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
Other frequent independent collaborators:
■ Good-Feel (Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, Yoshi's Crafted World)
■ Game Freak (Pókemon main series)
■ Arzest (Hey! Pikmin)
■ Camelot (Mario Golf World Tour, Mario Tennis Aces)
■ PlatinumGames (Astral Chain, Bayonetta 3)
■ Arika (Endless Ocean-series, 3D Classics-series, Dr. Luigi, Teddy Together, Tetris 99)
■ indieszero (Ultimate NES Remix, Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido, Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch)
■ SEGA (Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020)
■ Hamster Corp. (Arcade Archives: Donkey Kong, VS. Super Mario Bros., Sky Skipper, Punch Out!!)

Rare collaborators:
■ ATLUS Co. Ltd. (Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯ FE) - Current: Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE Encore
■ Mages Inc. - Current: Famicom Detective Club 1+2 Remakes
■ Tantalus Media (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD)
■ syn Sophia Co. Ltd. (Style Savvy-series)
■ Vanpool Inc. (Dillon's Rolling Western-series) - Current: Super Kirby Clash (co-dev)
■ Vitei Inc. (Rock N' Roll Climber, Theta, Steel Diver-series, Tank Troopers)
■ Skip Ltd. (Chibi-Robo!-series)
■ Eighting Co. Ltd. (Kururin-series, Animal Crossing New Leaf - Welcome amiibo, Kirby Star Allies)

Former collaborators:
■ Mistwalker (ASH: Archaic Sealed Heat, The Last Story)
■ Ganbarion (Jump Ultimate Stars, Pandora's Tower, Wii Fit U)
■ Monster Games (Excite Truck, Excitebots, Excitebike World Rally, Pilotwings Resort, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D)
■ ParityBit (Nintendo Pocket Football Club)

Frequent major-publisher collaborations:
■ Bandai Namco (MK8 Deluxe, Pokkén Tournament, Mario Sports Mix, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart Tour)
■ Koei Tecmo/Team Ninja (Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3)

First Party-IP licensing collaborations:
■ Ubisoft (Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle)
■ Brace Yourself Games (Cadence of Hyrule)
■ Koei Tecmo/Team Ninja/Omega Force (Hyrule Warriors/Legends/Definitive Edition, Fire Emblem Warriors)

Defunct collaborators:
■ CiNG (Another Code/Trace Memory/Hotel Dusk/The Last Window)
■ Headstrong Games (Art Academy-series, Batallion Wars-series)
■ Alpha Dream (Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics)
■ Artoon (later reformed as Arzest) (Yoshi's Island DS, FlingSmash, The Last Story)

THE GAMES
Nintendo 3DS (from 2017 onwards) (Developed and/or Produced)

  1. Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 2 / Good-Feel)
  2. Tank Troopers (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. ? / Vitei)
  3. Miitopia (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 4)
  4. Metroid: Samus Returns (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 7 / MercurySteam)
  5. Fire Emblem Warriors (Nintendo / Koei Tecmo / Omega Force / Team Ninja)
  6. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 2 / Alphadream)
  7. Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 1 / indieszero)
  8. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 8 / NST)
  9. WarioWare Gold (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 6 / Intelligent Systems)
  10. Luigi's Mansion (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 1 / GREZZO)
  11. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 2 / Alphadream)
  12. Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 2 / Good-Feel)
Mobile
  1. Miitomo (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 7)
  2. Super Mario Run (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD SG)
  3. Fire Emblem Heroes (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG SD / Intelligent Systems)
  4. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG SD / Nintendo EPD PG No.5 / ND Cube)
  5. Dragalia Lost (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD SG / Cy Games)
  6. Dr. Mario World (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD SG / Line / NH Entertainment)
  7. Mario Kart Tour (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD SG)
Nintendo Switch (Developed, and/or Produced, and/or Published**)
  1. 1-2 Switch (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 4) [~~~2017~~~]
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 3 / MonolithSoft)
  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) [~~~2018~~~]
  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. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 6 / Retro Studios)
  14. Hyrule Warriors Deluxe (Nintendo / Tecmo-Koei / Omega Force / Team Ninja)
  15. Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 1 / indieszero)
  16. Mario Tennis Aces (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 2 / Camelot Software)
  17. Flip Wars (Nintendo / Over The Fence)
  18. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 8 / NST)
  19. Go Vacation (Nintendo / Bandai Namco Games)
  20. Nintendo Labo: Toy Con 03 - Vehicle Kit (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 4)
  21. Super Mario Party (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 2 / ND Cube)
  22. Pokémon: Let's Go (Nintendo / The Pokémon Company / Nintendo EPD PG No. 1 / Game Freak)
  23. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 2 / Sora / Namco-Bandai Games)
  24. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 10) [~~~2019~~~]
  25. Fitness Boxing (Nintendo / Imagineer)
  26. Tetris 99 (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 1 / Arika)
  27. Yoshi's Crafted World (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 2 / Good-Feel)
  28. Nintendo Labo: Toy Con 04 - VR Kit (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 4)
  29. BoxBoy! + BoxGirl! (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 1 / HAL Laboratory)
  30. Cadence of Hyrule – Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo / Brace Yourself Games)
  31. Super Mario Maker 2 (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 10)
  32. Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Nintendo / Square Enix / Bird Studio / Armor Project)
  33. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 1 / Intelligent Systems / Koei Tecmo)
  34. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: Black Order (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 2 / Team Ninja)
  35. Astral Chain (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 1 / PlatinumGames)
  36. Super Kirby Clash (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 1 / HAL Laboratory / Vanpool)
  37. Daemon X Machina (Marvelous / Marvelous First Studio)
  38. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 3)
  39. Dragon Quest XI S ~ Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition (Nintendo / Square Enix / Bird Studio / Armor Project)
  40. Ring Fit Adventure (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 4)
  41. Luigi's Mansion 3 (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 6 / Next Level Games)
  42. The Stretchers (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 2 / Tarsier Studios)
  43. Pokémon: Sword / Pokémon: Shield (Nintendo / The Pokémon Company / Nintendo EPD PG No. 1 / Game Freak)
  44. Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 4 / indieszero)
  45. Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE Encore (Nintendo/ Nintendo EPD PG No. 1 / Intelligent Systems/ ATLUS Co. Ltd) [~~~2020~~~]
  46. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 5)
  47. Xenoblade: Definitive Edition (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 1 / MonolithSoft)
  48. Bayonetta 3 (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 1 / PlatinumGames) [~~~TBD/TBA~~~]
  49. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Untitled Sequel) (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 3)
  50. Famicom Detective Club Remakes (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 7 / Mages Inc.)
  51. Metroid Prime 4 (working title) (Nintendo / Nintendo EPD PG No. 6 / Retro Studios)
** includes titles only published by Nintendo in select regions, such as Nintendo publishing Koei Tecmo's Warriors-Nintendo-crossover titles in the West
 
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Neoxon

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Great job on the OP.

To be honest, I’m curious about what Yabuki & his team are up to besides Mario Kart Tour.
 
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copy paste from the top in case someone misses it and is confused why this is me and not EAD Ninja making it:

OT3 note: Taking over duties from EAD Ninja for this one, he gave me the okay and said he might host OT4 when the time comes for that one.
Great job on the OP.

To be honest, I’m curious about what Yabuki & his team are up to besides Mario Kart Tour.
It's just copy paste from the old one
 

DecoReturns

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Huh.

For some reason I thought it was confirmed it was Grezzo doing Links Awakening.

Guess I was just assuming base off the last 2 3DS game.
 

Astrogamer

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Great job on the OP.

To be honest, I’m curious about what Yabuki & his team are up to besides Mario Kart Tour.
Thinking about it and noticedthat it is interesting that Kimura was credited on ARMS and Yabuki was credited on NSMBU Deluxe so it is likely those teams are closely linked
 
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Huh.

For some reason I thought it was confirmed it was Grezzo doing Links Awakening.

Guess I was just assuming base off the last 2 3DS game.
A specific dev for LA was not announced. Could still be Grezzo-assisted but they just put out Luigi's Mansion 3DS last year so they probably had their hands mostly full to be flying solo on this one.
 
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Why no Good-Feel/Arzest/Alpha Dream/Camelot, etc?

If you're going to put Grezzo, NLG, etc you might as well put them too.
 

PucePikmin

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Lotta question marks at the moment! Hopefully a few of them get filled in at E3 -- I feel like both the Tokyo 3D Mario and the Mario Kart/ARMs teams ought to have something to show soon.
 

Chalphy

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I wouldn't include Platinum on here, I look at them more as a company like Koei Tecmo or Bamco than IS or HAL.
 
Staff Numbers for various studios (July 2019)
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Staff numbers for various studios:

EPD: 850 ~ 900 (700ish in Kyoto, 150-200 in Tokyo)
Monolith Soft: 224 (as of end of Sept 219)
Retro: ~140 (according to LinkedIn)
Nd Cube: 118
1UP Studio: 52 (May 2019) - as big as they've ever been as far as I can tell, even when they were Brownie Brown.
NST: 36~40
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HAL: 169 (July 2019)
Intelligent Systems: 151 (Dec 2018)
Game Freak: 143 (2018)
SRD: 140 (April 2019 - incl. web development group)
Good Feel: 131 (April 2019, incl. mobile division)
Next Level: ~105 (according to LinkedIn)
Arzest: 80
Grezzo: 62 (2018)
Camelot: 44 (2010, probably more now)
indieszero: 41 (June 2019)
Genius Sonority: 22
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Nintendo (global consolidated): 6,113 (Sept 2019)
NCL: 2,378 (Sept 2019)
Mario Club: 289 (January 2019)
 
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mazi

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what happened to SFB games? i would have thought nintendo wants to do more work with them after snipperclips.
 

SiG

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So what's Good-Feel tackling after Yoshi?

I really hope they take another shot at a main WarioLand game. Shake It!/The Shake Dimension wasn't bad, and as a matter of fact, I enjoyed the fact it was all animated by Production IG. Nintendo should fund more "risky" projects like that and I think with the Switch, it's the perfect opportunity.
 

mazi

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So what's Good-Feel tackling after Yoshi?

I really hope they take another shot at a main WarioLand game. Shake It!/The Shake Dimension wasn't bad, and as a matter of fact, I enjoyed the fact it was all animated by Production IG. Nintendo should fund more "risky" projects like that and I think with the Switch, it's the perfect opportunity.
i really hope it's a new wario land. i can also see them doing something with donkey kong, not necessarily following the rare/retro series but a new take on DK.
i'd be really bummed if it's another yoshi or kirby, yoshi can take some time off until next gen and we already get kirby games from HAL.
 
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So what's Good-Feel tackling after Yoshi?

I really hope they take another shot at a main WarioLand game. Shake It!/The Shake Dimension wasn't bad, and as a matter of fact, I enjoyed the fact it was all animated by Production IG. Nintendo should fund more "risky" projects like that and I think with the Switch, it's the perfect opportunity.
Whatever it is, we may not see it until 2022 or 23. But I would love for another Wario.
 

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Staff numbers for various studios:

EPD: 850 ~ 900 (700ish in Kyoto, 150-200 in Tokyo)
Monolith Soft: 209 (as of end of January 2019)
Retro: ~130 (according to LinkedIn)
Nd Cube: 100 (linked pamphlet is from early 2018 - after Pocket Camp, but before SMP - the 2019 pamphlet doesn't mention staff numbers :( )
1UP Studio: 44 (Aug 2018) - as big as they've ever been as far as I can tell, even when they were Brownie Brown.

HAL: 153 (July 2018)
Intelligent Systems: 151 (Dec 2018)
Game Freak: 143 (2018)
SRD: 140 (April 2019(planned) - incl. web development group)
Good Feel: 122 (January 2019, incl. mobile division)
Next Level: 115 (according to LinkedIn)
Grezzo: 62 (2018)
Alpha Dream: 46 (2018)
Camelot: 44 (2010, probably more now)
Genius Sonority: 22
NST is currently 36-40 people. EPD also works with their sister technology division PTD (which shares that 1500+ personnel development center). PTD handles middleware, libraries, tools, networking, and some prototype/technology creation that is central to game mechanics.
 
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NST is currently 36-40 people. EPD also works with their sister technology division PTD (which shares that 1500+ personnel development center). PTD handles middleware, libraries, tools, networking, and some prototype/technology creation that is central to game mechanics.
Added NST, thanks! They're very small...You know how big PTD is? About at big as EPD Kyoto?

Do you know how big NERD is?
 

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Nintendo First-Party Japan Platinum/Gold/Bomba Releases (Physical Retail)

Nintendo Switch
01. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} 3.045.849
02. [NSW] Super Smash Bros. Ultimate # <FTG> (Nintendo) {2018.12.07} 3.043.150
03. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} 2.269.581
04. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} 1.961.749
05. [NSW] Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! / Let's Go, Eevee! # <RPG> (Pokemon Co.) {2018.11.16} 1.504.438
06. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} 1.298.740
07. [NSW] Super Mario Party # <ETC> (Nintendo) {2018.10.05} 1.006.828
08. [NSW] Kirby Star Allies <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.16} 715.526
09. [NSW] New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe <New Super Mario Bros. U \ New Super Luigi U> <ACT> (Nintendo) {2019.01.11} 584.806
10. [NSW] 1 2 Switch <VAR> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} 449.437
11. [NSW] Arms <FIG> (Nintendo) {2017.06.07} 425.881
12. [NSW] Mario Tennis Aces <SPO> (Nintendo) {2018.06.22} 400.018
13. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX <FIG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22) 301.429
14. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit # <EDU> (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} 240.826
15. [NSW] Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.03.05} 227.296
16. [NSW] Xenoblade Chronicles 2<RPG> (Nintendo) {2017.12.01} 221.234
17. [NSW] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker <PUZ> (Nintendo) {2018.07.13} 163.390
18. [NSW] Yoshi's Crafted World <ACT> (Nintendo) {2019.03.29} 109.871
19. [NSW] Snipperclips: Cut It Out Together! <PUZ> (Nintendo) {2017.03.16} 91.391
20. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 02: Robot Kit # <EDU> (Nintendo) {2018.04.20} 56.307
21. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03: Vehicle Kit # <EDU> (Nintendo) {2018.09.14} 49.175
22. [NSW] Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit # <EDU> (Nintendo) {2019.04.12} 43.175
23. [NSW] Bayonetta 1 + 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2018.05.17} 38.266
24. [NSW] Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido <PUZ> (Nintendo) {2018.06.07} 9.782


* It looks like EPD really hasn't replicated their 2017 string of releases. Their ports and Labo experiments in the following years have not moved the needle much.
* Mario Maker 2, Animal Crossing, Zelda, Pokemon will shake up that top 10 for sure.
* 1-2 Switch is the most mediocre Nintendo party game ever. It really would be interesting to see the success of a Switch Sports, Nintendo Land 2, Switch Play.
 
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It would take a big pitch from them or a need from EPD to assist on something and lots of staffing up. Iirc they handled the bulk of the work on the Captain Toad DLC, though. Design may have been Tokyo still.
Their next project should be telling. Are they remaining an EPD assist studio, or can they do their own ports/remasters in the future.
 

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What do you guys think about the possibility of a Nintendo x Bethesda exclusive?
i've been thinking about, i think the chances are high. i think a horror game from tango gameworks would be pretty cool.

No way. Bethesda doesn't have infinite teams like an Ubisoft etc. They don't even port their own games to Switch.
https://www.resetera.com/threads/bethesda-talks-switch-future-nintendo-exclusives-are-possible-smash-bros-talk.68199/
 
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Staff numbers for various studios:

EPD: 850 ~ 900 (700ish in Kyoto, 150-200 in Tokyo)
Monolith Soft: 209 (as of end of January 2019)
Retro: ~130 (according to LinkedIn)
Nd Cube: 100 (linked pamphlet is from early 2018 - after Pocket Camp, but before SMP - the 2019 pamphlet doesn't mention staff numbers :( )
1UP Studio: 44 (Aug 2018) - as big as they've ever been as far as I can tell, even when they were Brownie Brown.
NST: 36~40

HAL: 153 (July 2018)
Intelligent Systems: 151 (Dec 2018)
Game Freak: 143 (2018)
SRD: 140 (April 2019(planned) - incl. web development group)
Good Feel: 122 (January 2019, incl. mobile division)
Next Level: 115 (according to LinkedIn)
Grezzo: 62 (2018)
Alpha Dream: 46 (2018)
Camelot: 44 (2010, probably more now)
Genius Sonority: 22
For Monolith Soft, it’s “as of April 2019”, not January 2019.
 

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Added NST, thanks! They're very small...You know how big PTD is? About at big as EPD Kyoto?

Do you know how big NERD is?
PTD could be anywhere from 200-500 people.
Mario Club was about 130-160 last. It's actually relevant because from planners / programmers go back and forth between NCL and MC.
NTD could be about 50 people.
NERD was last reported about 30-40 no?
 
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Their next project should be telling. Are they remaining an EPD assist studio, or can they do their own ports/remasters in the future.
I'm kinda wondering if they could handle a 3DS>Switch port of some kind. Would be similar to what they did for Captain Toad 3DS, just in reverse.

PTD could be anywhere from 200-500 people.
Mario Club was about 130-160 last. It's actually relevant because from planners / programmers go back and forth between NCL and MC.
NTD could be about 50 people.
NERD was last reported about 30-40 no?
Thanks!

Mario Club was apparently 288 as of January last year it looks like. http://www.marioclub.co.jp/company/index.html
Didn't realize they had planners/programmers, thought it was mostly testing and admin.

No idea about the others, never heard of a number for NERD.

For Monolith Soft, it’s “as of April 2019”, not January 2019.
Thanks, fixed!