Location: Kyoto, Japan

Founded: 1889


Most famous for video game consoles and characters like Mario and Luigi, Nintendo was originally formed in Japan as a card game company called Nintendo Koppai. Before venturing into the video game industry, the company experimented with numerous other ventures, including a taxi company, food company, and television network.

Notable Products

  • Wii
  • Nintendo 3DS
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Donkey Kong
  • Kirby

What to Expect

Today, Nintendo is a multinational game developer, publisher, and console manufacturer with global headquarters in Kyoto, Japan, and divisions across Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Nintendo of America is headquartered in Redmond, Wash., and Retro Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nintendo, is based in Austin, Tex.

As a company that controls the entire lifecycle of its intellectual properties, including game development, publishing, and distribution, the worldwide organization offers numerous career opportunities in a diverse range of departments. In the United States, positions in areas of business affairs include those in marketing, contract administration, shipping, finance, advertising, sales, and promotions. A bachelor’s degree in a related field is necessary, and all applicants should be familiar with both PC and Mac word processing and spreadsheet applications. Candidates for all positions may apply at Nintendo’s official website in the Employment section. The company does not accept applications through email, fax, or standard mail.

Game development positions also exist for programmers, designers, artists, animators, audio engineers, and writers. At the associate level, or entry-level, employees assist senior members of the department while learning finer skills in direct contribution to Nintendo’s game development operations. These roles require at least a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as computer animation or game design, and one to three years of relevant experience. All candidates, including artists, should be familiar with C++. Mid-level positions typically require six to eight years of relevant experience, coupled with a bachelor’s degree. Majors in computer science, game design, game art, game development, or related field are recommended. Additional courses in music, fine art, film, and mathematics are encouraged. Senior and lead roles have the same degree requirements, and at least seven years of professional employment is necessary. For all employment opportunities, fluency in English and Japanese are valuable.


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