Nintendo of America Inc.


This subsidiary of Nintendo Co., Ltd. is based in Redmond, Washington. It began its operations in 1980 and was initially headed by Hiroshi Yamuachi's son-in-law, Minoru Arakawa. Since then they have exclusively published and localized games.

After the video game crash in 1983, Arakawa decided to take advantage of this by bringing the Famicom to America. He feared that cheap games from Taiwan might flood the market and he got Nintendo's engineers to create a lockout chip, therefore Nintendo would only manufacture the cartridges for the console (unlike in Japan, where Nintendo, Konami, Namco, Bandai, Capcom and Jaleco made their own cartridges, custom chips, etc;). This also pushed for Nintendo to license all games in North America. Arakawa also feared that companies would also produce a bunch of low quality games, thus created the rule where a publisher can only publish five games per year. This rule was dropped after 1991, as companies such as Konami would own a second publishing label (i.e. Konami's Ultra Games/Palcom software).

Nintendo of America has always had a strong censoring policy on games.

The company has also been a strong supporter of Rare, Ltd during the time that Nintendo owned the company. It also has had a key role in publishing and localizing some games that were popular in other areas of the world and would bring them to North America for North American audiences.


Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions(2017)
Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters(2017)
Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition(2017)
Pokkén Tournament DX(2017)
Metroid: Samus Returns (Special Edition)(2017)
Metroid: Samus Returns(2017)
Monster Hunter: Stories(2017)
Flip Wars(2017)
Hey! Pikmin(2017)
Splatoon 2(2017)
Miitopia: Casting Call(2017)
Splatoon 2: Splatfest World Premiere(2017)
Kirby's Blowout Blast(2017)
Ever Oasis(2017)
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia(2017)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe(2017)
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe(2017)
Bye-Bye BoxBoy!(2017)
Has-Been Heroes(2017)
Mario Sports: Superstars(2017)
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Special Edition), The(2017)
Snipperclips: Cut it out, together!(2017)
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, The(2017)
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Master Edition), The(2017)
Tank Troopers(2017)
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS(2016)
Pokémon Sun with Bonus Solgaleo Figure(2016)
Pokémon Moon with Bonus Lunala Figure(2016)
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Dual Pack(2016)
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Steelbook Dual Pack(2016)
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Dual Pack with Bonus Figure Set(2016)
Pokémon Sun(2016)
Pokémon Moon(2016)
Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition(2016)
Mario Party: Star Rush(2016)
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon: Special Demo Version(2016)
Disney Magical World 2(2016)
Paper Mario: Color Splash(2016)
Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits(2016)
Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls(2016)
Dragon Warrior VII(2016)
Yoshi's Woolly World (Pink Yarn Yoshi Amiibo Bundle)(2016)
Mario Party 10 (Bowser Amiibo Bundle) (2016)
Mario Party 10 (Peach Amiibo Bundle)(2016)
Yoshi's Woolly World (Light Blue Yarn Yoshi Amiibo Bundle)(2016)
Picross 3D: Round 2(2016)
Style Savvy: Fashion Forward(2016)

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Company location and contact information (Jan. 2008):

Nintendo of America Inc.
4820 150th Avenue NE
Redmond, Washington 98052
Sales phone: 425-861-2040
Company email: [email protected]

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