Nintendo Software Technology
|Founded||Redmond, Washington, US (1998 )|
|Headquarters||Redmond, Washington, United States|
Number of locations
|1 (Redmond, Washington)|
|Shigeki Yamashiro (President)|
|Products||List of software developed|
|Parent||Nintendo of America|
Nintendo Software Technology (or NST) is an American video 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.
The establishment took place in 1998 through a collaboration with the private university DigiPen Institute of Technology, also located in Redmond. 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.
NST started developing Project H.A.M.M.E.R. For the Nintendo Wii but several problems landed the project in 'development hell'. A large amount of funding was spent on cut-scenes early in development and so when the project started to fall behind managers didn't want to end it because of the capital already spent. The American developers suggested that the problem was the gameplay however the Japanese managers believed the problems were the environments. This dispute, among others, made the project drag on for a number of years before it was totally abandoned and a large number of staff were made redundant.
DigiPen's Main Campus was based in the same building as theirs until 2010.
List of software developed
List of applications developed
|Nintendo 64 Emulator||2006||Virtual Console on Wii|
|BBC iPlayer Channel||2009||Wii|
|Mario Calculator and Clock||2009||DSiWare||Shigeki Yamashiro|
|Animal Crossing Calculator and Clock||2009||DSiWare||Shigeki Yamashiro|
|Kirby TV Channel||2011||Wii|
|Wii U Chat (Co-developed w/ NERD and Vidyo)||2012||Wii U||Fumihiko Tamiya|
|Wii Street U||2013||Wii U||Toshiaki Suzuki||Keiichi Kawai|
- Nintendo World Report company profile. Retrieved Oct. 30, 2008.
- PALGN company information. Retrieved Feb. 9, 2005.
- N-Sider personnel view. Retrieved Feb. 9, 2005.
- N-Sider. Retrieved May 9, 2005.
- Nintendo official website.
- A group interview with NST about 1080º Avalanche
- Two-part interview with Shigeki Yamashiro, producer of 1080º Avalanche, and Vivek Melwani, lead game designer and director
- IGN profile