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Nintendo of America Inc.

Overview

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.

Games

Good Job!(2020)
Animal Crossing: New Horizons(2020)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX(2020)
Smash Tennis(2020)
Shadow of the Ninja(2020)
Pop'n Twinbee(2020)
Eliminator Boat Duel(2020)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Challenger Pack 5(2020)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Spirit Board Challenge Pack 4 - Bolster Your Spirits(2020)
Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE: Encore(2020)
Breath of Fire II(2019)
Star Fox 2(2019)
Journey to Silius(2019)
Daemon X Machina: Outer Face Parts Set "Facial Features 2" (Male/Female)(2019)
Pokémon Shield(2019)
Pokémon Sword(2019)
Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield (Double Pack Digital Version)(2019)
Stretchers, The(2019)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Challenger Pack 4(2019)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Spirit Board Challenge Pack 3 - Bonus 5000 in-game Gold and 3 Classic Tickets(2019)
Luigi's Mansion 3(2019)
Ring Fit Adventure(2019)
Daemon X Machina: Outer Suit - "Formal Attire"(2019)
Daemon X Machina: Outer Emotes Set(2019)
Daemon X Machina: Arsenal Decals Bundle(2019)
Daemon X Machina: Arsenal - "Muramasa"(2019)
Daemon X Machina: Arsenal Decals Bundle - The Brushstrokes of Souun Takeda(2019)
Daemon X Machina: Outer Suit - "Camouflage Plugsuit"(2019)
Daemon X Machina: Arsenal - "Rabbit 11"(2019)
Daemon X Machina: Arsenal Patterns Bundle(2019)
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition(2019)
Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, The(2019)
Daemon X Machina: Outer Hairstyles Bundle 1(2019)
Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Dreamer Edition), The(2019)
Daemon X Machina: Edit part for Outer "Animal Makeup" (Unisex)(2019)
Daemon X Machina: Edit part for Outer "Cross Scar" (Unisex)(2019)
Daemon X Machina: Outer Face Parts Set "Facial Features 1" (Male/Female)(2019)
Daemon X Machina: Edit part for Outer "Closed Eye" (Unisex)(2019)
Daemon X Machina: Edit part for Outer "Suture" (Unisex)(2019)
Daemon X Machina(2019)
Daemon X Machina: Edit part for Outer "Devil Makeup" (Unisex)(2019)
Daemon X Machina: Edit part for Outer "Robot Makeup" (Unisex)(2019)
Daemon X Machina: Arsenal Design Change "Crusader"(2019)
Utawarerumono: ZAN - DLC Playable Character: Munechika(2019)
Tetris 99 (Nintendo Switch Online Bundle)(2019)
Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts(2019)
Breath of Fire(2019)
Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics(2019)
Earth Defense Force(2019)
Puyo Puyo 2(2019)

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Trivia

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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