Bill Trinen at the 2007 Game Developers Conference.
|Education||Aoyama Gakuin University, University of Oregon|
|Alma mater||University of Oregon|
|Occupation||Senior Product Marketing Manager|
Bill Trinen is the Senior Product Marketing Manager of Nintendo of America. He is also a professional Japanese-to-English translator who has worked on the localization of numerous Nintendo-published video games and acts as an interpreter for video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto.
Trinen began studying Japanese while in high school, continuing it through college, where he majored in Japanese and minored in Business. He also studied international business, international management, economics, and translation a year overseas in the Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan, and lived in Shibuya.
Role at Nintendo
Trinen began work with Nintendo translating bug reports on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and was then hired full-time for the Nintendo Treehouse, its game localization division. Trinen described his responsibilities in the Treehouse as "helping explain to people at Nintendo what the cool new features of the games are and points to focus on in PR and marketing". Trinen's first translation project was Mario Party, a Nintendo 64 game first released in 1998. Trinen became the interpreter for Shigeru Miyamoto six months into the job by request of former NOA software engineering manager Jim Merrick. Trinen has also presented in various North American Nintendo Direct presentations.