Nintendo EAD Tokyo is renowned for creating some of the best video games of all-time. Now it appears as though there could be a potential third team over at Nintendo EAD Tokyo. Koichi Hayashida, who is behind Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario Galaxy 2, is rumoured to be heading the division. It would appear that the adorable Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is their first project.
According to a Neogaf user by the name of Shikamaru Ninja, legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto is expected to leave Nintendo’s EAD division by December. Apparently, it troubles Miyamoto that his position as EAD General Manager overshadows the content created by new producers and directors at Nintendo’s largest gaming division. New Super Mario Bros. series producer Takashi Tezuka is rumored to take Miyamoto’s place at EAD.
Here’s a list of supposed changes at Nintendo, which the user claims are gathered from Guardian UK, Nikkei and Wired:
- Major shift in Kyoto development sources involving three Research & Development buildings
- Shigeru Miyamoto stepping down as EAD General Manager
- Takashi 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
A couple Wii U details were shared during today’s GT.TV interview with Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. Fils-Aime confirmed Nintendo is publishing Wii U exclusive Bayonetta 2 worldwide. Legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo EAD and Retro Studios are apparently working on ‘fantastic projects’ for the new console. Depending on their progress, Nintendo may reveal Wii U’s new projects before, during or after E3 2013.
Over the past few days, IGN has been listing the top 50 video game makers of all time and, the one and only, Nintendo EAD came out on top. Nintendo EAD (Entertainment Analysis and Development) is responsible for some of the most influential video game franchises in history including Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, Metroid, Pikmin and The Legend of Zelda. Do you agree with IGN? If not, which video game maker is your top pick?
“The term ‘legendary’ almost isn’t enough to describe Nintendo’s Entertainment and Analysis Division (EAD), an internal group of development teams based in Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan that have revolutionized gaming time and time again for more than three decades.”
“With various groups led over the years by such visionaries as Shigeru Miyamoto, Gunpei Yokoi, Hideki Konno, Katsuya Eguchi, Eiji Aonuma, Genyo Takeda and Takashi Tezuka, Nintendo has not only created iconic series like Super Mario Bros., the Legend of Zelda and Metroid, but boldly redefined gaming with efforts like Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Brain Age and Wii Sports.”
“Its contributions have accomplished no less than saving the entire industry after it crashed in the early ‘80s, and continue to redefine how the world experiences games, even when it seems crazy to avoid commonplace trends.Nintendo has forever changed the way we interact with games, and every few years, it seems to do that all over again. That’s thanks to EAD. The only question confronting this crew isn’t if they’ll revolutionize the industry again – it’s when.”