Satoru Iwata has big plans for Nintendo Company Limited in 2013. Iwata, who architectured the big restructure of 2002 where he dissolved the legendary Nintendo R&D1 and Nintendo R&D2 to strengthen Nintendo EAD and also create Nintendo SPD. Iwata has long admitted several deficits in the company he wanted to address, including expanding the network team of Nintendo, and initiating another huge rehaul of the software development division.
By December 2012, Iwata hopes to put place a new mysterious restructure of R&D which revolves around a new Kyoto R&D building hoping to exlusively house over 1200 developers. Previously, Nintendo has its R&D split between its main Central Building and its old Kyoto Research Institute Building. It is very unclear how the third R&D building will change the dynamic in Kyoto, but Iwata has mentioned wanting to support expansion as well as efficiency.
Additionally, Nintendo has continued to expand R&D operations in its Tokyo sector. Tokyo being the largest city of Japan by far, has created a window where several veteran developers from Square, SEGA, Koei, Epoch, and Konami can easily transition to join the EAD Tokyo development section.
But alongside all the expansion in Kyoto and Tokyo, comes the biggest news that Shigeru Miyamoto is expected to leave the EAD Division most likely by December 2012. Miyamoto has expressed concern that his presence is over shining all the new producers and directors creating content in the EAD Division (the largest of two gaming divisions at Nintendo). Miyamoto has vocalized his intent of stepping aside as General Manager of EAD to perhaps to create a third development sector where he would work with younger developers and focus on smaller resource, and faster to develop games.
2013 Expected Iwata Changes
+ Major shift in Kyoto development sources involving 3 R&D buildings
+ Shigeru Miyamoto stepping down as EAD General Manager
+ Takash Tezuka becoming new EAD General Manager
+ New Groups / New Producers announced for EAD Kyoto / SPD Kyoto
+ EAD Tokyo Expansion / Masahiro Sakurai Possibly Joining EAD Tokyo
+ New Division lead by Miyamoto with younger staff focused on smaller scale games
+ Miyamoto's Departure Inspiring New IPs for the EAD Kyoto Division
Source: Guardian UK. Nikkei. Wired
Retro Studios Link
Retro Studios moves to a much larger office.
We wrote earlier this weekend about the great changes that Nintendo according to various rumors soon make in Japan. Nintendo has also outside Japan various game studios, Retro Studios is the best known.
New information shows that Retro Studios recently moved to new premises. We are not sure when this occurred. Nintendo has no press release put out and the American media does not talk about this change.
The old address of Retro Studios was 1835A Kramer Lane, Suite 100. Austin Texas. In this video and the photo below you can see that Retro's old cuttings compared to other game studios was quite small:
The new address of Retro Studios is 12345 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78753. A quick search on Google Maps shows that the information is correct. Retro Studios has added this new address in addition to its Facebook page .
The new office of Retro Studios is a lot bigger than the previous shelter. It is still not known what the studio is working on. Nintendo and Retro Studios have just announced that a Wii U game is concerned. The latest project from Retro Studios had a number of jobs for Mario Kart 7. Before they brought great success with Donkey Kong Country: Returns on the market. The most celebrated product of Retro Studios is the Metroid Prime trilogy. The three first-person adventure games gave the Metroid franchise a new impulse.
The new building is suppose to house 1500 people. Retro currently only has 51-200 employees.