Nintendo 2013 R&D Preview and Retro Studios moves into a new building

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#1 Posted by Nintendo_Ownes7 (30917 posts) -

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

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=495509

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.

#2 Posted by Vickman178 (1035 posts) -

The next few years with Wii U are going to be one crazy ride...I've got a good feeling about this..Its going to be crazy to see Metroid with awesome graphics and whatever Retro and Miyamoto are working on!

Sadly though near the end of next gen Miyamoto will prbably retire. I mean he's turning 60 this November and by 2017 he will be 65!

#3 Posted by NaveedLife (17179 posts) -

The next few years with Wii U are going to be one crazy ride...I've got a good feeling about this..Its going to be crazy to see Metroid with awesome graphics and whatever Retro and Miyamoto are working on!

Sadly though near the end of next gen Miyamoto will prbably retire. I mean he's turning 60 this November and by 2017 he will be 65!

Vickman178

It should definitely be interesting. While I don't want to get my hopes up, I have a good feeling as well. I really hope this E3 they blow my mind! :P

#4 Posted by Gamingclone (5224 posts) -

The next few years with Wii U are going to be one crazy ride...I've got a good feeling about this..Its going to be crazy to see Metroid with awesome graphics and whatever Retro and Miyamoto are working on!

Sadly though near the end of next gen Miyamoto will prbably retire. I mean he's turning 60 this November and by 2017 he will be 65!

Vickman178

Yeah his retirement is certainly nearing, but I feel he might stick around longer than just another gen if he is allowed to. He loves what he does.

#5 Posted by nini200 (10099 posts) -

Great about the Retro Restructuring! This is some very very interesting news.

Nintendo should use some of those resources to revive and bring sequels to:

1. This game

2. This game

3. This game *especially this game*

4. This game

5. This game

That would be great.

If they can get a new Panzer Dragoon, Phantasy Star Online 2, Sword/Secret/Dawn of Mana as well, they'd have me sold for the next few years. The WiiU is going to be another great Nintendo console.

#6 Posted by VendettaRed07 (14012 posts) -

Good to hear retro is moving into a massive new building. HOpefully this means they are expanding their development team. They need to be larger. They are too talented to have as little output as they do.

They should be like Rare was for Nintendo during the n64 era this gen and pump out a game per year. They've only made 4 since 2002!

#7 Posted by locopatho (20438 posts) -
"The new building is suppose to house 1500 people. Retro currently only has 51-200 employees." Say whaaaat? Is Nintendo gonna make a massive push for Western type games? Is Retro gonna hire another 1000 people? Will this be to create game engines/online system/backend system stuff that won't actually turn into games? Interesting times ahead.
#8 Posted by NaveedLife (17179 posts) -

"The new building is suppose to house 1500 people. Retro currently only has 51-200 employees." Say whaaaat? Is Nintendo gonna make a massive push for Western type games? Is Retro gonna hire another 1000 people? Will this be to create game engines/online system/backend system stuff that won't actually turn into games? Interesting times ahead.locopatho

Retro pumping out Metroid, Zelda, and a couple few IP's this gen would be awesome!

#9 Posted by Gamingclone (5224 posts) -

You guys should of saw the Neogaf topic on this, they were jokingly making plans to break in to find out what Retro is working on and some people were taking them seriously:lol: