Nintendo Aim To Complete Construction Of New R&D Facility By 2013

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Nintendo are in the process of laying the groundwork for a new Research & Development facility in Kyoto, reports Japanese newspaper, Nikkan Kyogo Shimbun. Nintendo aim to have construction work begin in January 2012, and have it completed in 2013.


This new R&D facility will be built upon a 40,582 square metre area acquired by Nintendo in 2008, and will be situated closer to Nintendo’s main headquarters in Kyoto. It will span seven storeys in total and be capable of housing 1,500 employees.


News of this facility first broke back in 2009, reported by Japanese newspaper Nikkei’s online financial news service, who revealed that Nintendo were investing 12.8 billion yen (or $141.6 million) in the project, and hoped to improve R&D efficiency by consolidating it into a single location.

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Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.