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Nintendo
Software Planning & Development
Native name 任天堂 企画開発
Romanized name Nintendo Planning and Development
Type Division
Industry Video games
Predecessors Nintendo R&D1, R&D2
Founded Kyoto, Japan (September 30, 2003 (2003-09-30))
Founders Satoru Iwata
Headquarters Kyoto, Japan
Number of locations 1 (Kyoto, Japan)
Key people Shinya Takahashi (General Manager)
Yoshio Sakamoto (Deputy Manager)
Kensuke Tanabe (Executive Officer)
Products Develops and co-produces various video game titles
Employees ~70[1]
Parent Nintendo
Divisions Software Planning & Development
Software Development & Design

The Nintendo Software Planning & Development Division (Japanese: 任天堂 企画開発本部 Hepburn: Nintendō Kikaku Kaihatsu Honbu?, lit. Nintendo Planning and Development Division) (commonly abbreviated to Nintendo SPD) is a research, planning and development division housed inside the Nintendo Development Center in Kyoto, Japan. The division has two departments: Software Planning & Development Department, which primarily co-produces games with external developers; and Software Development & Design Department, which primarily develops experimental and system software. The division was created during a corporate restructuring on September 30, 2003 with the abolition of the Nintendo R&D1 and Nintendo R&D2 departments.

While several of the remaining Nintendo R&D1 designers reside in the division along with a staggered group of former Nintendo R&D2 and Nintendo EAD staff, the programmers and artists consist of a lot of new talent. The group has the task of independently developing small innovative games, assisting other development teams on projects, and managing overseas production of first-party franchises.[2] Both SPD and SDD departments are currently split into four separate groups who work concurrently on different projects.[3]

History[edit]

Chronology[edit]

  • 2003 - The division was created along with several development and production groups, each with its own manager and Shinya Takahashi as General Manager.
  • 2013 - Yoshio Sakamoto was promoted Deputy Manager of the Software Planning & Development Department.
  • 2014 - The division was moved from the Nintendo Central Office to the Nintendo Development Center.

Structural hierarchy[edit]

The General Manager of the Nintendo Software Planning & Development Division is Shinya Takahashi, assisted by both Keizo Kato, the Assistant Manager and Kensuke Tanabe, the Executive Officer. The division is split into two different departments: the Software Planning & Development Department, which is split into four separate groups, which is supervised by Deputy Manager Yoshio Sakamoto; and the Software Development & Design Department which is split into three separate groups, supervised by Deputy Manager Masaru Nishita. All of these groups work concurrently on different projects.[4] Collectively these officers are responsible for green lighting software titles, managing prototypes, allocating development resources, and managing budgets.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Software Planning & Development Department[edit]

Deputy Manager: Yoshio Sakamoto


Production Group No. 1[edit]

Group Manager: Katsuya Yamano

The Production Group No. 1's is primary focus is the development and co-production of video game software and software applications for Nintendo home and handheld consoles in cooperation with second-party developers. The current Group Manager and main producer is Katsuya Yamano, assisted by Nintendo veteran developer Yoshio Sakamoto, with the directing and planning team including a collective of talented personnel. This development group typically has more than one project simultaneously in production, with emphasis on maintaining the Rhythm Heaven series and Friend Collection series and co-producing the WarioWare series with Intelligent Systems.

In 2013, Katsuya Yamano was promoted Group Manager, effectively taking Yoshio Sakamoto's place as he was promoted to Department Manager.[citation needed]

List of software developed by Nintendo SPD Production Group No. 1
Title Genre(s) Platform(s) Year Producer(s) Director(s)
WarioWare: Twisted![co-developed 1][co-developed 2][5] Action, puzzle Game Boy Advance 2004 Yoshio Sakamoto,
Ryoichi Kitanishi[a]
Goro Abe
WarioWare: Touched![co-developed 1][6] Action, puzzle Nintendo DS 2004 Yoshio Sakamoto,
Ryoichi Kitanishi[a]
Ryuichi Nakada
Play-Yan[co-developed 2][7] Sound player Game Boy Advance 2005 Yoshio Sakamoto,
Kazuhiko Taniguchi[b]
Takuma Matsunaga[b]
WarioWare: Smooth Moves[co-developed 1][8] Action, puzzle Wii 2006 Yoshio Sakamoto,
Ryoichi Kitanishi[a]
Goro Abe
Rhythm Tengoku[co-developed 3][9] Rhythm Game Boy Advance 2006 Mitsuo Terada (Tsunku),[c]
Yoshio Sakamoto
Kazuyoshi Osawa
Face Training[co-developed 1][co-developed 2][10] Nintendo DS 2007 Katsuya Yamano,
Toshio Sengoku[a]
Ryuichi Nakada,
Takeshi Ando[a]
Nintendo DS Digital TV Tuner[11] Television antenna Nintendo DS 2007 Katsuya Yamano Noriyuki Sato
Birds & Beans[12]
Pyoro EU|AUS
Nintendo DSi
(DSiWare)
2008 Yoshio Sakamoto,
Teruki Murakawa
Hiroshi Momose
Paper Airplane Chase[13]
Paper Plane EU|AUS
Endless running Nintendo DSi
(DSiWare)
2008 Yoshio Sakamoto,
Teruki Murakawa
Hiroshi Momose
Kousoku Card Battle: Card Hero[co-developed 1][14] RPG Nintendo DS 2007 Yoshio Sakamoto Hiroshi Momose
Rhythm Heaven[co-developed 3][15] Rhythm Nintendo DS 2008 Mitsuo Terada (Tsunku)[c] Kazuyoshi Osawa
Nintendo DSi Instrument Tuner[co-developed 1] Instrument tuning Nintendo DSi
(DSiWare)
2009 Yoshio Sakamoto Goro Abe
Nintendo DSi Metronome[co-developed 1] Metronome Nintendo DSi
(DSiWare)
2009 Yoshio Sakamoto Goro Abe
WarioWare D.I.Y.[co-developed 1][16] Action, puzzle Nintendo DS 2009 Yoshio Sakamoto,
Toshio Sengoku[a]
Goro Abe
WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase[co-developed 1][17] Action, puzzle Wii
(WiiWare)
2009 Yoshio Sakamoto,
Toshio Sengoku[a]
Goro Abe
Tomodachi Collection[18] Social simulation Nintendo DS 2009 Yoshio Sakamoto Ryutaro Takahashi
Rhythm Heaven Fever[co-developed 3][19] Rhythm Wii 2011 Mitsuo Terada (Tsunku)[c] Ko Takeuchi,
Masami Yone
Wii Relax[20] Exergaming Wii Cancelled Unknown Unknown
Kiki Trick[21] Music Wii 2012 Katsuya Yamano Noriyuki Sato
Tomodachi Life[22] Social simulation Nintendo 3DS 2013 Yoshio Sakamoto Ryutaro Takahashi
Game & Wario[co-developed 1][23] Action, puzzle Wii U 2013 Yoshio Sakamoto,
Toshio Sengoku,[a]
Naoki Nakano[a]
Goro Abe,
Naoko Mori[a]
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Co-developed by Intelligent Systems.
  2. ^ a b c Hardware design by Nintendo Research & Engineering Department.
  3. ^ a b c Co-developed by TNX Music Recordings, formerly J.P. Room Recordings.
List of software co-produced by Nintendo SPD Production Group No. 1
Title Genre(s) Platform(s) Year Producer(s) Director(s)
WarioWare: Snapped![co-produced 1][24] Action, puzzle Nintendo DSi
(DSiWare)
2008 Katsuya Yamano,
Toshio Sengoku[a]
Taku Sugioka[a]
Atsumeru Egaocho[co-produced 1][25]
lit. Smile Collection Book
Nintendo DSi
(DSiWare)
2009 Katsuya Yamano,
Takeshi Ando[a]
Ryuichi Nakada,
Takeshi Ando[a]
Card Hero: Speed Battle Custom[co-produced 1][26] RPG Nintendo DSi
(DSiWare)
2009 Yoshio Sakamoto N/A
Face Training Mini[co-produced 1][27] Nintendo DSi
(DSiWare)
2009 Katsuya Yamano Ryuichi Nakada
Metroid: Other M[co-produced 2] Action-adventure Wii 2010 Yoshio Sakamoto,
Yosuke Hayashi[d]
Takehiko Hosokawa
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d Development co-operation for Intelligent Systems.
  2. ^ Development co-operation for Team Ninja.

Production Group No. 2[edit]

Group Manager: Hitoshi Yamagami

The Production Group No. 2's primary focus is the production and co-development of video game software for Nintendo home and handheld consoles in cooperation with Japanese third-party developers. The Group Manager and main producer is Hitoshi Yamagami, with the directing and planning team including a collective of talented personnel. This development group typically has more than one project simultaneously in production, with emphasis on maintaining the F-Zero series with Suzak, the The Legendary Starfy series with Tose, the Fire Emblem series with Intelligent Systems, the Dr. Mario and Endless Ocean series with Arika, the Fossil Fighters series with Red Entertainment, the Style Savvy series with Syn Sophia and the Xenoblade Chronicles series with Monolith Soft.

List of software developed by Nintendo SPD Production Group No. 2
Title Genre(s) Platform(s) Year Producer(s) Director(s)
Yakuman DS
lit. Mahjong DS
Puzzle (Majhong) Nintendo DS 2005 Hitoshi Yamagami Azusa Tajima
Tetris DS[28] Puzzle Nintendo DS 2006 Hitoshi Yamagami Masaki Tawara
Yosuke Ide's Health Mahjong DSi[29] Puzzle (Majhong) Nintendo DSi
(DSiWare)
2009 Hitoshi Yamagami N/A
Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day[co-developed 1][30] Edutainment Nintendo DS 2005 Hitoshi Yamagami Kouichi Kawamoto
Notes
List of software co-produced by Nintendo SPD Production Group No. 2
Title Genre(s) Platform(s) Year Producer(s) Director(s)
Densetsu no Stafy 3[co-produced 1][31]
lit. The Legendary Starfy 3
Platform Game Boy Advance 2004 Yasushiro Minamimoto,[e]
Hitoshi Yamagami
Akio Imai,[e]
Azusa Tajima
Pokémon Emerald[co-produced 2][co-produced 3] RPG Game Boy Advance 2004 Hitoshi Yamagami,
Hiroyuki Jinnai,
Gakuji Nomoto,
Hiroaki Tsuru
Shigeki Morimoto (Game Freak)
F-Zero: Climax[co-produced 4][32] Racing Game Boy Advance 2003 Hitoshi Yamagami Yutaka Hirata[f],
Azusa Tajima
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance[co-produced 5] Tactical RPG GameCube 2005 Hitoshi Yamagami,
Tohru Narihiro[a]
Masayuki Horikawa[a]
Dr. Mario & Puzzle League[co-produced 5][co-produced 1][33] Puzzle Game Boy Advance 2005 Takehiro Izushi,
Ryoichi Kitanishi,[a]
Yasuhiro Minamimoto[e]
Azusa Tajima,
Masaki Tawara,
Toshihiro Nishii,[a]
Makoto Uemura[e]
Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix[co-produced 6] Music, exergaming GameCube 2005 Hitoshi Yamagami,
Hirotaka Ishikawa (Konami)
Yukihiro Yamazaki (Konami)
Jump Superstars[co-produced 7] Fighting Nintendo DS 2005 Hitoshi Yamagami Takao Nakano
Super Princess Peach[co-produced 1] Platform Nintendo DS 2005 Hitoshi Yamagami,
Yasushiro Minamimoto[e]
Azusa Tajima,
Akio Imai[e]
Densetsu no Stafy 4[co-produced 1][34]
lit. The Legendary Starfy 4
Platform Nintendo DS 2006 Yasushiro Minamimoto,[e]
Hitoshi Yamagami
Azusa Tajima
Mawashite Tsunageru Touch Panic[co-produced 8] Puzzle Nintendo DS 2006 Hitoshi Yamagami
Project Hacker: Kakusei[co-produced 9][co-produced 3]
lit. Project Hacker: Awakening
Graphic adventure Nintendo DS 2006 Hitoshi Yamagami
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl[co-produced 2] RPG Nintendo DS 2006 Hitoshi Yamagami
Hiroyuki Jinnai
Gakuji Nomoto
Hiroaki Tsuru
Junichi Masuda (Game Freak)
Jump Ultimate Stars[co-produced 7] Fighting Nintendo DS 2006 Hitoshi Yamagami Takao Nakano
Wario: Master of Disguise[co-produced 4] Platform Nintendo DS 2007 Hitoshi Yamagami
Masahiro Yonezawa (Suzak)
Azusa Tajima
Akira Kinashi
Yutaka Hirata (Suzak)
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn[co-produced 5] Tactical RPG Wii 2007 Hitoshi Yamagami
Thoru Narihiro (Intelligent Systems)
Taeko Kaneda (Intelligent Systems)
Ganbaru Watashi no Kakei Diary[co-produced 8]
lit. My Household Budget Diary
Nintendo DS 2007 Hitoshi Yamagami
Endless Ocean[co-produced 10] Adventure, simulation Wii 2007 Hitoshi Yamagami
Ichirou Mihara (Arika)
Maski Tawara
Yurie Hattori
Akira Kurarayashi (Arika)
Zekkyō Senshi Sakeburein[co-produced 4] Beat 'em up Nintendo DS 2007 Hitoshi Yamagami Takehiko Hosokawa
Dr. Mario Online Rx[co-produced 10]
Dr. Mario & Germ Buster EU|AUS
Puzzle Wii
(WiiWare)
2008 Hitoshi Yamagami Hiroyasu Hashidate
Kazuki Yoshihara
Takamasa Hori (Arika)
Fossil Fighters[co-produced 9] RPG Nintendo DS 2008 Hitoshi Yamagami
Ai Ito (Red Entertainment)
Genki Yokota
Shunichi Ii (Red Entertainment)
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon[co-produced 5] Tactical RPG Nintendo DS 2008 Hitoshi Yamagami
Toru Narihiro (Intelligent Systems)
Masaki Tawara
Masayuki Horikawa (Intelligent Systems)
Pokémon Platinum[co-produced 2] RPG Nintendo DS 2008 Hitoshi Yamagami
Junichi Masuda (Game Freak)
Shusaku Egami
Hiroaki Tsuru
Takeshi Kawachimaru (Game Freak)
Disaster: Day of Crisis[co-produced 11] Action-adventure Wii 2008 Hitoshi Yamagami
Tadashi Nomura (Monolith Soft)
Azusa Tajima
Genki Yokota
Keiichi Ono (Intelligent Systems)
Style Savvy[co-produced 8] Simulation Nintendo DS 2008 Hitoshi Yamagami
Syuji Yoshida (Syn Sophia)
Azusa Tajima
Yurie Hattori
Hideyuki Ikeda (Syn Sophia)
Dr. Mario Express[co-produced 10]
A Little Bit of... Dr. Mario EU|AUS
Puzzle Wii
(WiiWare)
2008 Hitoshi Yamagami
Ganbaru Watashi no Osaifu Ouendan[co-produced 8] Nintendo DSi
(DSiWare)
2009 Hitoshi Yamagami
Metal Torrent[co-produced 10] Nintendo DSi
(DSiWare)
2009 Hitoshi Yamagami Hiroyasu Hashidate
Ichirou Mihara (Arika)
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver[co-produced 2] RPG Nintendo DS 2009 Hitoshi Yamagami
Junichi Masuda (Game Freak)
Shusaku Egami
Hiroaki Tsuru
Shigeki Morimoto (Game Freak)
Sin & Punishment: Star Successor[co-produced 12] Shoot 'em up Wii 2009 Hitoshi Yamagami
Masato Maegawa (Treasure)
Atsutomo Nakagawa (Treasure)
Endless Ocean 2: Adventures of the Deep[co-produced 10]
Endless Ocean 2: Blue World NA
Adventure, simulation Wii 2009 Hitoshi Yamagami
Ichirou Mihara (Arika)
Maski Tawara
Yurie Hattori
Akira Kurarayashi (Arika)
Xenoblade Chronicles[co-produced 11] Action RPG Wii 2010 Takao Nakano
Shingo Kawabata (Monolith Soft)
Genki Yokota
Koh Kojima (Monolith Soft)
Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem[co-produced 5] Tactical RPG Nintendo DS 2010 Hitoshi Yamagami
Toru Narihiro (Intelligent Systems)
Hideaki Araki
Kouhei Maeda (Intelligent Systems)
Pokémon Black and White[co-produced 2] RPG Nintendo DS 2010 Hitoshi Yamagami
Junichi Masuda (Game Freak)
Shusaku Egami
Hiroaki Tsuru
Junichi Masuda (Game Freak)
Fossil Fighters: Champions[co-produced 9] RPG Nintendo DS 2010 Hitoshi Yamagami
Ai Ito (Red Entertainment)
Genki Yokota
Shunichi Ii (Red Entertainment)
The Last Story[co-produced 13] Action RPG Wii 2011 Hitoshi Yamagami
Takao Nakano
Yutaka Takehisa (Mistwalker)
Hironobu Sakaguchi (Mistwalker)
Pandora's Tower[co-produced 7] Action RPG Wii 2011 Hitoshi Yamagami
Chikako Yamakura (Ganbarion)
Takao Nakano
Toru Hoga (Ganbarion)
3D Classics: Excitebike[co-produced 10] Racing Nintendo 3DS
(Nintendo eShop)
2011 Hitoshi Yamagami
Ichirou Mihara (Arika)
Takao Nakano
Akira Kurarayashi (Arika)
3D Classics: Xevious[co-produced 10] Shoot 'em up Nintendo 3DS
(Nintendo eShop)
2011 Hitoshi Yamagami
Ichirou Mihara (Arika)
Takao Nakano
3D Classics: Urban Champion[co-produced 10] Fighting Nintendo 3DS
(Nintendo eShop)
2011 Hitoshi Yamagami
Ichirou Mihara (Arika)
Takao Nakano
3D Classics: Twinbee[co-produced 10] Shoot 'em up Nintendo 3DS
(Nintendo eShop)
2011 Hitoshi Yamagami
Ichirou Mihara (Arika)
Takao Nakano
3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure[co-produced 10] Platform, action Nintendo 3DS
(Nintendo eShop)
2011 Hitoshi Yamagami
Ichirou Mihara (Arika)
Takao Nakano
3D Classics: Kid Icarus[co-produced 10] Action, platform Nintendo 3DS
(Nintendo eShop)
2012 Hitoshi Yamagami
Ichirou Mihara (Arika)
Takao Nakano
Shinzi Watanabe (Arika)
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2[co-produced 2] RPG Nintendo DS 2012 Hitoshi Yamagami
Junichi Masuda (Game Freak)
Shusaku Egami
Takao Unno (Game Freak)
Fire Emblem: Awakening[co-produced 5] Tactical RPG Nintendo 3DS 2012 Hitoshi Yamagami
Toru Narihiro (Intelligent Systems)
Genki Yokota
Kouhei Maeda (Intelligent Systems)
HarmoKnight[co-produced 2] Rhythm Nintendo 3DS
(Nintendo eShop)
2012 Hitoshi Yamagami
Tetsuya Watanabe (Game Freak)
James Turner (Game Freak)
Style Savvy: Trendsetters[co-produced 8] Simulation Nintendo 3DS 2012 Hitoshi Yamagami
Hiromasa Tsujii (Atom Inc.)
Syuji Yoshida (Syn Sophia)
Yurie Hattori
Kensuke Suzuki
Solitiba[co-produced 2] Solitaire, racing Nintendo 3DS
(Nintendo eShop)
2013 Hitoshi Yamagami
The Wonderful 101[co-produced 14] Action Wii U 2013 Hitoshi Yamagami
Atsushi Inaba (Platinum Games)
Shingo Matsushita
Kaori Ando
Hideki Kamiya (Platinum Games)
Pokémon X and Y[co-produced 2] RPG Nintendo 3DS 2013 Hitoshi Yamagami
Shusaku Egami
Takato Utsunomiya
Junichi Masuda (Game Freak)
Junichi Masuda (Game Freak)
Dr. Luigi[co-produced 10] Puzzle Wii U
(Nintendo eShop)
2013 Hitoshi Yamagami Takao Nakano
Fossil Fighters: Frontiers[co-produced 9] RPG Nintendo 3DS 2014 Hitoshi Yamagami
Ai Ito (Red Entertainment)
Genki Yokota
Shunichi Ii (Red Entertainment)
Devil's Third[co-produced 15] Third-person shooter, hack and slash Wii U 2015 Hitoshi Yamagami Tomonobu Itagaki (Valhalla Game Studios)
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.[co-produced 5] Tactical RPG, third-person shooter Nintendo 3DS 2015 Hitoshi Yamagami Paul Patrashcu (Intelligent Systems)
Xenoblade Chronicles X[co-produced 11] Action RPG Wii U 2015 Tetsuya Takahashi (Monolith Soft)
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d Development co-operation for Tose.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Development co-operation for Game Freak.
  3. ^ a b Co-developed by Creatures Inc..
  4. ^ a b c Development co-operation for Suzak.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Development co-operation for Intelligent Systems.
  6. ^ Co-developed by Konami.
  7. ^ a b c Co-developed by Ganbarion.
  8. ^ a b c d e Co-developed by Syn Sophia, formerly Aki Corporation.
  9. ^ a b c d Co-developed by Red Entertainment.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Co-developed by Arika.
  11. ^ a b c Co-developed by Monolith Soft.
  12. ^ Co-developed by Treasure.
  13. ^ Co-developed by Mistwalker and AQ Interactive.
  14. ^ Co-developed by Platinum Games.
  15. ^ Co-developed by Valhalla Game Studios.
List of software supervised by Nintendo SPD Production Group No. 2
Title Genre(s) Platform(s) Year Producer(s) Director(s)
Drill Dozer[developed 1][supervised 1] Action, platform Game Boy Advance 2005 Junichi Masuda (Game Freak) Ken Sugimori (Game Freak)
Pokémon Conquest[developed 2][supervised 2] Action, platform Nintendo DS 2005 Hisashi Koinuma (Tecmo Koei)
Toshio Miyahara
Osamu Mieda (Tecmo Koei)
Notes
  1. ^ Developed by Game Freak.
  2. ^ Developed by Tecmo Koei.
  1. ^ Supervised by Hitoshi Yamagami and Azusa Tajima.
  2. ^ Supervised by Hitoshi Yamagami and Takao Nakano.

Production Group No. 3[edit]

Group Manager: Kensuke Tanabe
Responsible for overseeing the development of titles by overseas and outhouse teams from the Metroid Prime series, Battalion Wars series, Super Mario Strikers series, Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, Excite series, Paper Mario series, Fluidity series and Donkey Kong Country series.

Title Year Platform(s) Director Producer
Metroid Prime1 2002 GCN Mark Pacini Kensuke Tanabe
Shigeru Miyamoto
Mario vs. Donkey Kong5 2004 NDS Yukimi Shimura Kensuke Tanabe
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes1 2004 GCN Mark Pacini Kensuke Tanabe
Kenji Miki
Battalion Wars2 2005 GCN Mat Hart Kensuke Tanabe
Super Mario Strikers3 2005 GCN Mike Inglehart Kensuke Tanabe
Geist4 2005 GCN Dan O'Leary Kensuke Tanabe
Hideki Konno
Metroid Prime Hunters5 2006 NDS Masamichi Abe Kensuke Tanabe
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis5 2006 NDS Yukimi Shimura Kensuke Tanabe
Excite Truck6 2006 Wii Richard Garcia Kensuke Tanabe
Keisuke Terasaki
Super Paper Mario7 2007 Wii Ryota Kawade Kensuke Tanabe
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption1 2007 Wii Mark Pacini Kensuke Tanabe
Battalion Wars 22 2007 Wii Tancred Dyke-Wells Kensuke Tanabe
Mario Strikers Charged3 2007 Wii Mike Inglehart Kensuke Tanabe
Punch-Out!!3 2009 Wii Mike Inglehart Kensuke Tanabe
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!5 2009 NDS Yukimi Shimura Kensuke Tanabe
Excitebots: Trick Racing6 2009 Wii Richard Garcia Kensuke Tanabe
Eco Shooter: Plant 5307 2009 Wii Atsushi Ikuno Kensuke Tanabe
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!5 2010 NDS Yukimi Shimura Kensuke Tanabe
Fluidity8 2010 WiiWare Jonathan Biddle Kensuke Tanabe
Donkey Kong Country Returns1 2010 Wii Bryan Walker Kensuke Tanabe
Pilotwings Resort6 2011 3DS Richard Garcia Kensuke Tanabe
Paper Mario: Sticker Star7 2012 3DS Naohiko Aoyama Kensuke Tanabe
Fluidity: Spin Cycle8 2012 3DS Jonathan Biddle Kensuke Tanabe
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon3 2013 3DS Bryce Holiday Shigeru Miyamoto
Lego City Undercover9 2013 Wii U Erin Roberts Masakazu Miyazaki
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move5 2013 3DS Stephen Mortimer Yukimi Shimura
Kensuke Tanabe
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze1 2014 Wii U Ryan Harris

Vince Joly

Kensuke Tanabe

Production Group No. 4[edit]

Group Manager: Hiroshi Sato
Responsible for overseeing the development of titles by external Japanese teams from the Mario Party series, Donkey Kong series and Wii Party series.

Title Year Platform(s) Director Producer
Kuru Kuru Kururin1 2001 GBA Hiroshi Sato Shinji Hatano
Mario Party 44 2002 GCN Kenji Kikuchi Shinji Hatano
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour6 2003 GCN Haruki Kodera Shinji Hatano
Mario Party 54 2003 GCN Kenji Kikuchi Hiroshi Sato
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga8 2003 GBA Yoshihiko Maekawa Shigeru Miyamoto
Mario Golf: Advance Tour6 2004 GBA Yasuhiro Taguchi Shinji Hatano
Kururin Squash!1 2004 GCN Miyuki Hirose Hiroshi Sato
Mario Power Tennis6 2004 GCN Haruki Kodera Shinji Hatano
Mario Party 64 2004 GCN Shuichiro Nishiya Hiroshi Sato
Mario Party Advance4 2005 GBA Shinichi Nakata Hiroshi Sato
DK: King of Swing7 2005 GBA Atsushi Kaneko Toshiharu Izuno
Mario Tennis: Power Tour6 2005 GBA Yutaka Yamamoto Shinji Hatano
Mario Party 74 2005 GCN Shuichiro Nishiya Hiroshi Sato
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time8 2005 NDS Hiroyuki Kubota Shigeru Miyamoto
Elite Beat Agents5 2006 NDS Keiichi Yano Shinya Saito
Hotel Dusk: Room 2153 2007 NDS Taisuke Kanasaki Takuya Miyagawa
Satoshi Kira
Mario Party 84 2007 Wii Shuichiro Nishiya Hiroshi Sato
DK: Jungle Climber7 2007 NDS Atsushi Kaneko Toshiharu Izuno
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast7 2007 Wii Kenichi Imaeda Toshiharu Izuno
Mario Party DS4 2007 NDS Koji Matsuura Hiroshi Sato
Another Code: R3 2009 Wii Shigeru Komine Takuya Miyagawa
Satoshi Kira
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story8 2009 NDS Hiroyuki Kubota Toshiharu Izuno
Last Window: The Secret of Cape West3 2010 NDS Taisuke Kanasaki Takuya Miyagawa
Satoshi Kira
Wii Party2 2010 Wii Shuichiro Nishiya Hiroshi Sato
Mario Party 92 2012 Wii Shuichiro Nishiya Hiroshi Sato
Mario Tennis Open6 2012 3DS Shugo Takahashi Hiroyuki Takahashi
Toshiharu Izuno
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team8 2013 3DS Hiroyuki Kubota Toshiharu Izuno
Wii Party U2 2013 Wii U Shuichiro Nishiya Hiroshi Sato
Mario Party: Island Tour2 2013 3DS Yukio Uematsu Miyuki Hirose
Mario Golf: World Tour6 2014 3DS Shugo Takahashi Toshiharu Izuno

Software Development & Design Department[edit]

Deputy Manager: Masaru Nishita
The Nintendo Software Development & Design department is an experimental software development team assembled by Nintendo Co., Ltd. president Satoru Iwata.[35] The team was originally assembled as a System Service Task Force that would develop all the unique internal system software for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii.[36] The team was responsible for all the additional Wii Channels,[37] the Nintendo DSi system software and more recently, the Nintendo 3DS system software. Nintendo SDD also went on to develop several innovative retail games. The philosophy behind development was to think out of the box and create unique software in a timely manner with smaller development resources. The development staff was composed of Koichi Kawamoto, who was the original programmer of WarioWare, and Shinya Takahashi, who was a longtime designer at Nintendo EAD. The development group was instantly vindicated with their smash hit Brain Age.[38] The development division has gone on to be the driving force behind the Touch Generations line on the Nintendo DS. The development team has also been responsible for developing several subsequent WiiWare and DSiWare software.

Software Development Group[edit]

Manager/producer: Kiyoshi Mizuki
Responsible for developing software from the Jam with the Band series, Brain Age series and additional Touch! Generations titles with partner developers.

Title Year Platform(s) Director Producer
Band Brothers 2004 NDS Masaru Nishita Shinya Takahashi
DS Easy Dictionary 2005 NDS Toshiaki Suzuki Shinya Takahashi
Band Brothers: Request Selection 2005 NDS Masaru Nishita Shinya Takahashi
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! 2005 NDS Kouchi Kawamoto Shinya Takahashi
Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day! 2006 NDS Kouchi Kawamoto Shinya Takahashi
English Training: Have Fun Improving Your Skills! 2006 NDS Yoichi Ohshima Shinya Takahashi
Kanji Sonomama Rakubiki Jiten DS 2006 NDS Toshiaki Suzuki Shinya Takahashi
More English Training 2007 NDS Yoichi Ohshima Shinya Takahashi
Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day1 2008 NDS Takayuki Shimamura Shinya Takahashi
Jam with the Band/Band Brothers DX 2008 NDS Noriko Kitamura Shinya Takahashi
Band Brothers DX Radio 2008 Wii Noriko Kitamura Shinya Takahashi
Brain Age Express 2008 DSi Kouichi Kawamoto Shinya Takahashi
Touch Solitaire 2009 DSi
Photo Dojo 2009 DSi Megumi Kurata Tomoaki Kuroume
How The Economy Works DS 2009 NDS Kanako Tsugihashi Shinya Takahashi
AR Games 2011 3DS Kouichi Kawamoto Tomoaki Kuroume
StreetPass Mii Plaza 2011 3DS Kouichi Kawamoto Shinya Takahashi
Brain Age: Concentration Training 2012 3DS Noriko Kitamura Kouichi Kawamoto
Band Brothers P 2013 3DS Noriko Kitamura
Rusty's Real Deal Baseball 2014 3DS Katsuhiko Kanno Kouichi Kawamoto

UI Development Group[edit]

Manager/producer: Kazunobu Shimizu
Responsible for developing additional Wii Channels, the Nintendo DS/DSi General Interface and the Nintendo 3DS General Interface.

Title Year Platform(s) Director Producer
Nintendo DS General Interface 2004 NDS Tomoaki Kuroume
Photo Channel 2006 Wii Kouichi Kawamoto Tomoaki Kuroume
Weather Channel 2006 Wii Kouichi Kawamoto Tomoaki Kuroume
News Channel 2006 Wii Kouichi Kawamoto Tomoaki Kuroume
Internet Channel 2006 Wii Tomoaki Kuroume
Everybody Votes Channel 2007 Wii Tomoaki Kuroume
Check Mii Out Channel 2007 Wii Tomoaki Kuroume
Nintendo DSi General Interface 2009 DSi Yoshihiro Matsushima Tomoaki Kuroume
Nintendo 3DS General Interface 2011 3DS Ryutaro Takahashi Tomoaki Kuroume
Internet Browser (Nintendo 3DS) 2011 3DS Tetsuya Sasaki Tomoaki Kuroume
Internet Browser (Wii U) 2012 Wii U Munetaka Tsuda Tomoaki Kuroume

Character Design Group[edit]

Manager/producer: Hiroji Kiyotake

Responsible for managing and developing characters for Nintendo SPD/SDD internal and external projects.

Sound Group[edit]

Group Manager: Kenji Yamamoto

Responsible for managing and developing music and sounds for Nintendo SPD/SDD internal and external projects.

List of composers

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Works for Intelligent Systems.
  2. ^ a b Works for the Nintendo Research & Engineering Department.
  3. ^ a b c Works for TNX Music Recordings, formerly J.P. Room Recordings.
  4. ^ Works for Team Ninja
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Works for Tose.
  6. ^ Works for Suzak.

References[edit]

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