Nintendo Software Technology (or NST) is an Americanvideo game developer located inside of Nintendo of America main headquarters, 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, exclusively for Nintendo consoles. 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. Co-founders Claude Comair (co-founder of DigiPen) and Scott Tsumura retired in 2002 and 2006, respectively. NST is currently headed by Shigeki Yamashiro.
Nintendo made the decision of transplanting several members of their development team in Japan over to America. The list of staff included Shigeki Yamashiro, Masamichi Abe, Katsuhiko Kanno, and Colin Reed. Nintendo Software Technology Corporation also recruited several veterans from companies like Rockstar, Electronic Arts, and Microsoft to further complete their development talent.
Nintendo Software Technology's headquarters in Redmond, Washington
The establishment took place in 1998 through the liaison of a Nintendo funded technology school called Digi-Pen. The offices opened with several doctorate level instructors and some recent graduates of the university working with several Nintendo of America designers and producers. Their first game, Bionic Commando: Elite Forces, was released for the Game Boy Color in 1999 and was a sequel of Capcom's Bionic Commando.