Nintendo increasing spend on new R&D HQ - Report

Publisher now expects to pump $204 million into what will become primary product development hub by 2014.

Back in 2009 when the Wii and DS were still minting yen hand over fist, Nintendo announced plans to begin construction on a new research and development facility near its Kyoto, Japan, headquarters. Today, Nikkei provided an update on that construction, saying that Nintendo has increased the amount of resources it will be spending on the facility.

Nintendo's current HQ (pictured) exudes creativity.

As relayed by Andria Sang, Nikkei's new report indicates Nintendo will now spend ¥16.5 billion ($204 million) on the compound, up from the ¥12 billion ($148 million) that the Japanese financial paper reported in March. Nintendo purchased the land on which the new building will be constructed in December 2008 for ¥12.8 billion ($158 million).

Construction on the project is expected to commence in January 2012, and Nintendo plans to have the facility up and running by the end of 2013. The seven-story structure is being built on a 40,000-square-meter lot in Kyoto's Minami Ward, the same district as Nintendo's headquarters building. The company's current main R&D facility is located in the more distant Higashiyama Ward.

The new building's closer proximity to its headquarters will improve efficiency because it will allow its 1,500 employees to be much closer to Nintendo's headquarters. When complete, the new building will become Nintendo's flagship R&D facility and will focus on product development.

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wiiplay1
wiiplay1

@bigcrusha I think Nintendo is filled with simpletons. Come on, now. Do you really think Nintendo is capable of being ahead of it's competitors anymore?

poncho174
poncho174

Nintendo is the "Borg cube" of Independence and creativity.

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

@wiiplay1 So you admit that every arguement you've thrown my way were merely speculatory assumptions? Until the Wii U launches, you cannot say the Wii U will fall the same way the Wii did. As for developpers, many of them get paid a monetary fee from publishers on certain occasions. If Nintendo doesn't get the third party support they want, they'll simply pay for it. Besides, the main purpose of these launch titles is to give developpers and idea of what they can do with this console. As for hardware, unless Nintendo's sales rep is an absolute simpleton with an IQ equal to that of a peanut, they most likely took to consideration the rate in which the Wii U will become obsolete when the competition drops the bomb. If the Wii U recieves the latest and greatest hadware then they should be ok.

wiiplay1
wiiplay1

@bigcrusha I'll admit that those titles give some promise, but that's all we can really say right now. We haven't even seen much of these titles. These titles don't have much competition yet either, considering Microsoft and Sony have yet to officially present their new system. But when they do present them, their systems may surpass the Wii U, and given their record with third parties, they could easily get enough support to surpass the Wii U. I wouldn't say developers would LOVE to develop for the Wii. The Wii has a big audience, but much of that audience isn't the audience that developers want to appeal to. That audience is likely using a different system. I doubt that developers would develop for a system lacking, not just power, but the right audience that will earn them money. Maybe the Wii U will be more "third party friendly" to make a developer's job easier. That would be a step in the right direction. But that doesn't mean it will have better graphics for quality developers than it's competition. It also doesn't mean that developers will make games for a system without their target audience. Time will tell.

penpusher
penpusher

@wiiplay1 I'm sorry but how much of the E3 stuff did you actually watch? The machines spec havent even been properly confirmed (and some say theres still some tweaking going on) but the vids and developer interviews etc would indicate you dont know what youre talking about ...

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

@wiiplay1 And I quote from you: " It's graphics won't be nearly capable enough for what quality developers want" Now I want you to rewatch the Nintendo E3 press confrence, to save you the trouble, Nintendo stated that while the Wii U specs will not be revealed yet, they confirm that this console will be 50x more powerful then the current generation line of consoles.. You have no clue what developpers want. Nintendo has an entire line of third party publishers behind them, search the archives for that gamespot article where Valve stated their enthusiasm for the Wii U and how this console works best with their achievements. Dev companies would LOVE to produce games for the Wii, The main reason why third party support hadn't come the way they hoped is because of the fact that the dev kits and programming wasn't nearly as precise and straight forward as ps3 and 360. Developpers had a tougher time Wii exclusive specifications such as graphics, motion implifications, ram size etc... Nintendo had confirmed that the Wii U will be FAR more third party friendly and if you want proof, the launch lineup pretty much confirms that. Google "Wii launch lineup" and tell me Wii U isn't getting any support.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@ dstv Just one more thing.I wouldn't say Nintendo "hides" behind their 1st party titles.I don't know if you play them much,but they consistently yield anjoyable games you can't play elsewhere.Nothing wrong with that. They do need to step up their game with the 3rd party support,and they're doing just that.They have lots of devs ready to work on or already making Wii U and 3DS games.If it stays that way remains to be seen,but at least give them a chance. @ anyone People just need to stop slamming things that aren't here yet.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@ dstv I didn't mention sales.Maybe bigcrusha did,I haven't read all the comments,but I didn't.I also never said graphics didn't matter,I said they land some where around 3rd.The very most important thing in a game is the gameplay.Is it fun?Addictive?Challenging?Innovative?It doesn't have to be all of these things(except of course fun,which it must always have),but as long as it reels you in and makes you play and you have a good time,then it's done its job. Story would be next,as that's part of what reels you in,but some games don't need a lot of story to be engaging. I'd place graphics around 3rd.Of course they play a part,good graphics can suck you in and make a great first impression.But if the gameplay is bad,you'd have been better off spending your money on a nice picture to hang on the wall,because it does the same thing as a pretty game with no gameplay value. And I don't know about you,but most everyone can still boot up the old NES,SNES,N64,Genesis,or Atari and play some old pixelated game,or some of the first 3D gameworld games with blurry textures and low polygon counts and still have a good time,despite the aged looks.Because those good ol' games were plain fun. They don't make 'em like they used to.

wiiplay1
wiiplay1

@bigcrusha Nintendo hasn't shown me anything to make me think that the Wii U is going to be "the system to have" in the next generation of gaming. Sure, they added HD, but so what? Why did it take them so long? As for strong third party support on the Wii U, I don't see it. It's graphics won't be nearly capable enough for what quality developers want. The Wii U won't have the huge audience that quality developers want to appeal to. Developers just won't come. Overall, the Wii U will just be like the Wii has been this generation. Weird controls that not all developers want. Only a few AAA titles, if any. Poor third party support. Tons of horribly ported games. No structure in their online gaming. And chances are, Nintendo will develop more crappy accessories that they don't even support, just to make a quick buck.

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

@dstv Oh I agree whole heartedly, graphics are important. Although not nearly as much as gameplay. An ugly game with awesome gameplay will sell infinately better than bad game with next level eye candy. Seeying the launch lineup for Wii U, I doubt third party support will still be an issue. Developers will no longer have to downgrade for Nintendo's sake, if anything, they are encouraged to go even further considering the Wii U's power. The real aguement now is wether or not Nintendo will get steamrolled when the competition pulls out their big guns.

dstv
dstv

@bigcrusha and if you think the wii's ports aren't lazy then check out transformers: dark of the moon on wii .....you can't even TRANSFORM....>XD

dstv
dstv

@bigcrusha @Wormkid_64 since when did sales reflect quality?.... imean black ops is the BEST SELLING game of all time in america , does that make it even close to being the best? .....yes i agree that gameplay is important but nintendo has to stop hiding behind its first party support and gameplay ...times are changing, its called a video game for a reason...if graphics didnt matter we'd be still playing on the atari

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

@wiiplay1 Of course they are designed to make more money, that is a companies job. Although you'd be blind to say Nintendo does nothing to cater fans. In fact, Nintendo does it better than anyone else. OOT 3ds is a full featured game with added master quest, they didn't need to do it did they? They could have made the same amount with only the regular adventure included. How bout Metroid trilogy? Revamping MP and Echoes for wii motion and a bonus metroid game, bundling it as trilogy for the price of one? Sounds pretty generous to me. How bout super mario 64 for the ds, could have been just a simple port with updated graphics and they would have still made quite a profit, although, they decided to add a roster of characters for fan enjoyment. Believe what you want, I think these ports did indeed have the best interests of the fans in mind. I never said they were quite there, I said they had a step in the right direction. You think wii U is gonna continue along the footsteps of the wii? How about third party support? Did you read the launch lineup? Until you read the wii U specs, you shouldn't make assumptions that Nintendo isn't ready for the 2012-2019 generation. They've already taken the right steps by making the console HD friendly and that's all we're going to need, all you need is a pair of eyes to see that the next gen won't be a MIND BLOWING graphical plateau from the previous.

wiiplay1
wiiplay1

@bigcrusha I've never seen Nintendo, or any other Wii/DS game developer, make a port designed to cater to fans. The ones I have seen them make are only designed for them to make more money, not to please the customer. Don't confuse ports and sequels, either. Sequels are an entirely new game. Ports are just the same game, often with the same graphics. Also, out of those 3 things you said Nintendo needs to do, they have not done ANY of those things. And I believe the Wii U will continue the tradition of Nintendo being behind, gameplay wise, and definitely graphics wise.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@ dstv Nintendo needs to fix their 3rd party relationships.That's about all they can do.If 3rd parties make turds,then turds they shall be. And BTW,"Teh graphics dernt matter" indeed.I will stress this in any game from Portal to Mario to Need for Speed on any system from the NES to the PSOne to the 360 to the Wii to the PC.Gameplay first.Graphics....somewhere later,probably 3rd, after story.Nintendo does good on this.The 3rd parties better get on the ball.Nintendo needs to encourage them to do so,and it seems they are starting now.

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

Nintend you didn't have to spend all that money. If you just have a regular controller you'lll have me back.

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

@Daian @wiiplay1@dstv Not to sound like a fanboy here, I usually wear a neutral mask, but if I'm correct, neither ps3 and 360 did nearly as great as Wii has in sales. They definitely deserve respect, right now they are down but not out. 90% of games made on the Xbox and PS were inspired by games from the past which were all licensed by Nintendo so don't forget that. Btw there is NOTHING wrong with ports and they don't do this to be lazy. If you believe ports are useless then clearly you have no real conception of what marketing is, "Stick to your guns" ever hear of that expression? Until fans get bored, ports, sequels and remakes are an excellent idea in terms of catering fans. They have the right idea, all they really need to do now is: 1. keep up with the times, graphics and gameplay wise 2. Ensuring that the wii U provides development tools which actually encourage third party developers to jump aboard 3. Reaching all audiences and markets

Krusnikzero2
Krusnikzero2

It's always nice to hear news about a company creating new employment opportunities, rather than destroying them

Ovirew
Ovirew

@swamptick Well, they are good games. And really, isn't what you just said basically what every developer does? They make sequels to their big games. If you're gonna sit here and act like a game series can only last for 1 game, I'm gonna go sit over here and laugh.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Ah, so this is where all of Nintendo's money has been going...

dstv
dstv

Please no more lame ports!! ....its not that hard ....nintendo fanboys say its all about the gameplay and "teh grephics dernt metter " but for most of the 3rd party games Both the graphics and the gameplay suck ....fix this nintendo

wiiplay1
wiiplay1

Another place to make lazy ports!

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Good.Fill the economy with money,and fill my living room with awesome games. @ Dekanis Thank you,o reasonable one.Those franchises consistently produce great games that you can't get elsewhere-even in earlier entries into the franchise.So if it ain't broke,don't fix it.Just build a bigger place to make more of it.

swamptick
swamptick

New R&D? Who cares? They will just use it to make the same games over and over and over and over and over and over. Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong and Kirby. Over and over and over.

Daian
Daian

Yey, another place for Nintendo to make worse consoles than Sony and Microsoft...

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@megakick As far as Sony spending most of their $$ on marketing vs R&D, that isn't surprising, and I don't think nothing is really wrong with that. They invested a lot of money working with IBM in creating this cell chip, not to mention the money it took for the R&D, working with other companies creating the Blurays. So I'm not surprised that they are now trying to sit back and market heavily so they can get some return on their investment.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

They have to make it look like they're doing something just to keep the shareholders confident in them. I'm sure it'll help them to churn out the next R.O.B unit.

Toplinkar
Toplinkar

The sucessor to the Wii U will be invented in this new facility. Let's wait and see what the Big N will come up with. :D

Dekanis
Dekanis

I don't get why there are so many people trying to trash Nintendo and their Franchises... I don't even get all the complaining about the same franchises over and over again... Last time we a got a full console Zelda... was what? 5 or more years ago? We got 2 metroid games on the wii? We got 1 full Donkey Kong Country game, with a port of Jungle Beat much earlier in the consoles life? Mario is the mascot, hence the games that he is featured in, but they are mostly all very different... Yep.. they are just milking us for cash, giving us things that we love.. SHAME ON THEM! For any Fanboys who don't understand sarcasm... please leave.

jenova
jenova

Sony's resting on it's laurels and has been for some time. The PS3 is nowhere near as good as the Xbox 360, or even the PS2. Sorry guy who was kvetching about advertising, you're the victim of advertising too. This is neat news, I hope that Nintendo does well with this, and makes more first party games. Although, the Wii U's gimmick looks like it's far easier to implement than the Wiimotes, so maybe we'll see some good third party stuff and a reason to make the Wii more than a second tier system at best for real gaming.

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

@KabutoHunter Apparently, you've never heard of Xenoblade or Monster Hunter Tri. Also, what's wrong with soccer moms playing video games?

Kenshiro_Kenoh
Kenshiro_Kenoh

@megakick microsoft spends more on R&D and sony on marketing? LOOL what a joke,so i guess microsoft's ads for the kinect which were EVERYWHERE are less than sony's ads right?,btw who has more exclusives this year? oh yeah SONY.microsoft's line up is pathetic and the only reason their games sell well is because of advertisments EVERYWHERE, get real.

gobbo00
gobbo00

This is to do with software, so this is very welcome news. As Hardware "R&D" means picking off the shelf components.

Sandrock-E
Sandrock-E

Mean while in the tool shed!... seriously though great news :)

Stoopid_Cow
Stoopid_Cow

the current one looks like a prison lol

okassar
okassar

Hey Nintendo, how about you come up with like, 5 new Mario/Zelda/Donkey Kong/etc...sort of game series. The several that you have are getting tired (#1 reason I didn't buy the Wii, but the N64 was the %#$@ing best).

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

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Flint247
Flint247

Keep up the great work, Nintendo. :) Don't listen to negative critics.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

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Tauu
Tauu

It's nice to see Nintendo doing well and taking the steps to ensure their success in the future. They are the creative engine of the video game industry. No other company makes the bold moves that push games in new directions and bring new audiences to the medium.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@Redsyrup right... ever hear of NoA. You made a completely fact-less statement and got thumbs up man the world is sad.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@Redsyrup You should try reading the article because Nintendo is building the new R&D building to have on closer to its head quarters in Kyoto Japan. Besides Nintendo dose employee people overseas including Retro Studios in North America the created the Metroid Prime trilogy and New Donkey Kong Country.

mcomeau10
mcomeau10

@megakick "SONY spends more for marketing." And fails.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

I'd like to work for them....until I can establish a studio that is :P

megakick
megakick

Nintendo spends more for R&D, Microsoft spends more for R&D and SONY spends more for marketing.

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

@crushing666 I can't stand fanatics who label fans and make assumptions about their sex lives. It's also rather vulgar they way you put it even if you replaced the Ss with $s.