NeoGAF member Shikamaru Ninja has published an update detailing the restructuring at Nintendo’s Kyoto development centre. The information was taken from a number of verified sources which include,jp,, and

Central HQ Building / Kyoto Research Office (old buildings)

  • “1,000 developers” from the Central Office HQ vacated
  • “100 developers” from the Kyoto Research Office vacated
  • Intelligent Systems vacated from Kyoto Research Office into their new private building.
  • No more development personnel in Central Office HQ?
  • Only Mario Club Co., Ltd left in Kyoto Research Office?

Kyoto Development Center (new building)

  • June 2014 official time of personnel transplant
  • “1,000” Nintendo developers from Central HQ and “100” Nintendo developers from Kyoto Research Office merged into new Kyoto Development Center.
  • Hardware and all Software personnel now in one building.
  • 1,100~ / 1,500+ capacity filled thus far
  • Nintendo hopes for better efficiency and expansion
  • SRD is on the “8th floor” of building (Nintendo technology affiliate)
  • EAD absorbed several SPD development personnel.
  • SPD production units still separate. May not be in this building.
  • SDD (Miiverse, System tools) and IRD (Hardware engineers) in building.
  • SDD includes a Network Operations Department, with over 100 developers purely focused on network infrastructure and network based applications. (small chapter at Tokyo office as well)
  • Katsuya Eguchi is department manager of all EAD groups in building. (New 90’s Miyamoto)
  • Slight delay of Kyoto based development of games until 2015.


  • Sakamoto and his personal development team re-emerging under new identity?
  • Graphic Art staff collectively throughout Nintendo about 40-50% female.
  • EAD Tokyo unaffected
  • Iwata / Miyamoto establish “General Support Group” which is an alliance of small internal and external support studios filling out large EAD production units. (1-Up Studio, Monolith Kyoto, Indies Zero, Mox).
  • Nintendo has become a large client of Digitalscape Co., Ltd. (temp agency) hiring large number of contract workers, and having a high retention rate of most of them after contract is over. (Mostly for EAD Tokyo)

Thanks, Simba



    • They’re mostly certainly talking about games that haven’t been revealed yet. That change was planned ever since last year (that’s when we got the news, the company might have decided on that a long time before that), so they surely have arranged their schedules to fit that.

      Also, the “slight delay” are for games being developed in Kyouto. Nintendo has another building developing in Toukyou as well, and that one seems to be unaffected.

      Anyway, we’re probably getting the games promised for 2014 this year, and the games that were supposed to come in 2015 and after are the ones being affected. Aside from that, that change means they’ll have faster change of information between teams, which means faster development (and possibly less budget needed), so we might actually see those delayed titles sooner than later.

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    • Actually, that change seems to have been proposed by Iwata, and seeing how it’s coming true, I’d say he’s staying as President for now. And I’m actually glad, because I can’t imagine anyone else doing a better job than he can – he just needs someone to slap him in the face and say “you’re doing it wrong!”, but overall he’s the best Nintendo could have.

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  1. About god damn time they did this, it is no wonder they are so behind when it comes to everyone else. They should have merged years ago.

    So maybe now we will finally see an actual account system that is current or the same features that exist in the 3DS’s OS in the Wii U’s.

    It should really help with their next systems that is for sure, no more separate ecosystems.

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      • Pretty much what I am already expecting, not to be a downer but Nintendo has always been slow. I just said maybe now we will finally see some damn progress other than somewhat pointless NNID’s.

        I know you were just joking but with their track record that seems about right.

        It would also be great if they merged Club Nintendo accounts together as well, I think having a separate ID and password for Club Nintendo is outdated and I feel it will only cause more problems in the long run as they try to unify everything like everyone else has.

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    • HEY! Making fun of other companies is unacceptable! You will have to learn how to appreciate all three companies equally if you ever want to become a true gamer like me and Sickr. XD

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      • Its a bait joke dude. XD I knew someone would jump for it. lol But even though its a joke, sadly its a true story. Sony needs to get rid of some of their failed divisions to avoid going bankrupt eventually. Movies and video games with PlayStation is their main strong points of survival.

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          • I’ll respect that if Microsoftdick cuts the monopoly nonsense over vide games, stop screwing their fanbase of their money over ridiculous incentive baits and give Rare back to Nintendo so they can fire those incompetence who killed Conker and Banjo.

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              • Its not them. I would say both sides are at fault in their own ways but if there’s something else going on inside that they’re not telling us, I want to know. You can’t blame the fanbase either because they wanted the games and all the third party did was disappoint us with gimps and excuses.

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                • I was referring to promises and plans that were made before the release of the WiiU, but never actually happened to become reality afterwards. And it unfortunately wasn’t about 3rd-party only.
                  But concerning the lack of support, I personally place most of the blame on Nintendo because it’s them who have to take care of getting in decent games and ports, even if that means they have to pay the developers. It really is no coincidence that the other two companies don’t have the problems Nintendo has with the WiiU in concern of 3rd-party games, and it surely is not because developers conspire against Nintendo because they’re jealous or any of that nonsense. The thing is, Nintendo’s FANS try harder than Nintendo themselves to convince people to buy WiiU games, and the saddest part about that is that the fans’ attempts aren’t even any good, so it’s not hard to do better than that.
                  I just wish Nintendo would finally do something, because the way they’re handling the WiiU right now isn’t gonna result in them losing money only, but more importantly, (loyal) supporters like myself. The WiiU literally is the first Nintendo home console I’ve skipped. They urgently need to change some things, or things won’t turn out too good for them.


                  • What I really wanna know is WTF is going on in the inside between them two to know the real answer. But in some situations like EA and Bethseda, both of them are full of shit. EA backed off because of Origin denial which we can all agree Origin is pure shit and Bethseda are big, fucking liars about Wii U specs being “weak” when they clearly build a demo of Metro Last Light for Wii U at 2012 E3 and worked just fine. Not sure about Activision with DLC but Ubisoft has been pulling BS strings in every turn without any real explanation like gimping. Blacklist and not updating the offline co-op to make up for the “limited time” excuse they said or why delay completed Wii U port of Watchdogs to high heaven or lied about Rayman being a Wii U exclusive for several months. Right now, I’m giving 3rd parties more dirty looks than Nintendo themselves.


        • You do realize that Sony has been undergoing some major restructuring for a while now, right ?
          They’ve started reporting huge profits already, and once they’ve finished reorganizing, they’re going to do even better.
          Sony won’t be going bankrupt anytime soon, don’t you worry.


        • You live under a rock or something? Kaz Hirai has been restructuring Sony for two years now, focusing on what divisions make them the most and selling those that don’t.

          Don’t believe me, look it up, articles are all over as far back as 2012 about the restructuring of Sony. Did you also miss all the lay offs that were apart of the restructuring plans?

          Sadly it is kind of stupid on your part to suggest that Sony isn’t doing this, when that is actually what they have been doing for years now. I really have no idea how you missed all this unless your one of those people who are just oblivious to much that happens around them or you are so biased you ignore all things Sony related but oddly still feel the need to talk about them regardless of how misinformed you are.

          Don’t even get me started on R&D because once again Sony was far ahead in this regard.

          So I’ll say it again, it’s about god damn time Nintendo did this like everyone else had years ago but nothing new I suppose, Nintendo showing up unreasonably late to the party as always..

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          • I’m talking about how PS4 succeeded without even a single good or exclusive game for it for months. But I already know they’re making profit from movies and music too. About the MP3 part, I mean hardware wise, they’re fighting a losing battle against iPods and even smartphones that play MP3 now.


            • It succeeded because Sony did a damn well job marketing it and building up hype. They literally convinced people that they won’t regret buying the PS4 in its first months (hell, even on day one) even though you can get most of its games on other platforms too. I wish Nintendo would do a job half as good as that, the difference to how it is right now would be huge.
              And yea, I’m guessing music players are probably gonna die out soon, seeing how phones do a better job at being MP3 players than MP3 players themselves, lmfao.


              • I’d give them credit for that. Nintendo, I just don’t know what they’re thinking not advertising Wii U at all, plus the choice of name was kinda a bad idea but at least not as stupid as naming a 3rd Xbox after the first gen name especially since its technically not an all-in-one device plus making a console doing as such is just giving it an identity crisis on what it wants to be: A console or a freaking DVR cable box. lol And Sony, even though they were gonna do DRM like Microsoft because they’re copycats, was smart enough to keep it quiet and let Microsoft test the waters first. lol

                Yeah. MP3 players are going extinct and I’m not sure if iPods are gonna fall with them. Maybe the Touch models will survive longer.


                • Disagree. The name Xbox One actually makes sense because they’re advertising it as an “All-in-one”console. Whereas the U in “Wii U”has no meaning. Lol.


                  • Its technically not “all in one” if it doesn’t have 360 compatibility or even do my laundry. lol If you think about Wii U name, its a continuation of Wii with its background compatibility and has a tablet controller for personal use which is where the “U” part comes in. But the problem about its name is that you got too many dumbasses who think its an add on while both consoles are nothing alike. The packaging boxes are different, the physical hardware design is different, the graphics are different, the game art boxes are different, the price points of both console models are different, hell even the menus itself are freaking different. All of which are all publicly displayed for people to see and with 104+ million Wii users who are familiar with the old Wii in every detail, how the fuck can these people miss those obvious differences? lol


                • I know right ? The 3DS gets so, SO much more attention from Nintendo than the WiiU and I can’t think of a single reason why. The WiiU desperately NEEDS the attention, and again, I can’t think of a single reason why Nintendo is fucking up the marketing so majorly.
                  And yea, they sure messed it up with the name. Instead of going the easiest, fastest, BEST way and putting a 2 behind the Wii, they decided they wanted to be the special snowflake of the next gen and go without a number in their console’s name. Congrats, you managed to have a super special and unique name, which is super important, at the expense of sales, which are totally not important at all. They unnecessarily confused possible consumers and now they have to literally pay for it.


  2. This is why Nintendo has been reporting such big losses here lately. These new renovations cost millions of dollars. Add that to the cost of the Amibo project and there you have it. Once Nintendo gets settled, finishes up development on thier new projects, and actually starts seeing a return on investments, they will be back to a healthy profit. Everybody just see’s Nintendo losing money and never takes into account as to ‘why’ that is, especially “gaming journalist”.

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