Numerous Nintendo devs get promotions

Moving on up

Some of Nintendo's most well-known developers are climbing the corporate ranks, it appears. Nintendo has detailed the following changes in position for some higher-ups.

- Eiji Aonuma, producer of The Legend of Zelda series, has been promoted to Deputy General Manager
- Hisashi Nogami, responsible for the Splatoon and Animal Crossing franchises, has been promoted to Deputy General Manager
- Aya Kyogoku, known for work on the Animal Crossing series, has been promoted to Manager of EPD Production Group No. 5
- Yoshiko Ikebata is now with EPD Production Group No. 6, which manages Luigiā€™s Mansion and Metroid Prime games

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Huh, does this mean Aonuma is not in charge of the Zelda series anymore as a producer?
Can anyone explain?

He'll likely still be involved, same way Miyamoto is.

Fri Jun 14 19 05:56pm
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Not really, Miyamoto has minimal involvement in any specific franchise anymore, Aonuma will continue his role in leading the Zelda team, he just has greater responsibilities for the overall EPD studio now. Nogami seemingly isn't going to be as involved with the future AC and Splatoon games after New Horizons releases, I would assume, since Aya Kyogoku is now the produce of that division.

So I guess that means Yoshiko Ikebata is taking over Kensuke Tanabe's spot? Since he was the one that oversees Next Level Games and previously Retro Studios. As those two developers are the only ones that have worked on either Luigi's Mansion or Metroid Prime. Also whack how DKC, Mario Strikers, and Punch-Out aren't grouped in there. Makes it seems like those 3 franchises have no future or spearheaded guidance...

Nintendo needs to specify the duties of all of the new EPD groups ASAP, they have been around for 4 years and we still don't know them.

I don't think they are going to divide EPD like how EAD was done. It's just a merge of all the divisions combined.

Honestly...I miss EAD days...

Tue Jun 18 19 05:50pm
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They refer to production groups in the article as EPD production group 5 and 6, also they absolutely did keep divisions for groups, which is why Nogmai remained in charge of both Animal Crossing and Splatoon after the merger. The merger was more to remove the separation between their 2 key internal development companies, and also to help merge resources, not keep the SPD teams separate from EAD. Even during EAD, we know people were moved around groups all the time.

Edit: Also, the original source (a ResetEra post if you are curious) seemingly has now posted EPD divisions, which are interesting (for instance EPD Group 1 is an external R&D group, what SPD used to do, handling Game Freak, HAL, Monolith, etc. and Group 3 is the old Zelda group.)

Also, interestingly, there used to be 2 separate SPD internal development teams (the one that did stuff like Rhythm Heaven, and a smaller one which use dot do Brain Age, whose director now does Labo), and they are now acting as two new internal R&D groups separately, with the Rhythm Heaven one continuing to do some external stuff like 2D Metroid.

Fri Jun 14 19 06:01pm
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Really cool that Aya Kyogoku is now in charge of the AC/Splatoon division, her work with AC has been really good, glad she got a greater role because of it. She hasn't had involvement with the Splatoon team in the past, I wonder how much more she will have in the future. Turns out she also used to work for Atlus. Which is interesting I guess.


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