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Non-developed Nintendo games: A brief list of producers and directors from Nintendo

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With the last interviews that came from Paper Mario, Kensuke Tanabe was in a lot of them. Many people were confused a lot about him, thinking that he was a director or even part of Intelligent Systems when in reality, he has been a producer for more than 15 years at this point for games developed externally. People are also often surprised that a producer has creativity liberty but that is the normal in Japan be it on games developed internally or externally, which in that case, there'll be the producer for the publisher and producer for the developer (sometimes also a director from the publisher).

Tanabe though isn't the only one who do that. An aspect that always seems to be ignored but is constantly presented in interviews with Nintendo producers being interviewed in games not developed by Nintendo is the fact that since the very beginning, games not developed by Nintendo but funded by them have the company producing, overseeing, distributing and doing things that a publisher does. In the internet we see the term "just published" a lot, and while sometimes that makes sense, in most of the cases it doesn't, because in most of the cases those games aren't already done and they just need a publisher but in a lot of times the concept literally comes from a producer which then contract a developer to do programming and design, while in others the concept comes from the development team but still has participation from others.

This of course isn't exclusive to Nintendo. Bravely Default and Octopath Traveler are both games which had their concept by Square Enix producer Tomoya Asano which then contracted Silicon Studio to realize that vision with programming, game design and other aspects while he and his team produced it and on Second, did script as well. Same idea for Octopath Traveller with Acquire.

Point is, this is an aspect that is very overlooked and with the case of Nintendo, I want to point out producers and directors from Nintendo who worked on games not developed by Nintendo. The far majority of them work on departments which are responsible solely for production of external developed games like Nintendo EPD Production Group No 1, 2 and 6, while others are from development only departments but sometimes work with.

Nintendo EPD is of course the main development and production division of Nintendo which is the result of the merger that happened in 2015 between Nintendo EAD and Nintendo SPD, with Nintendo EPD assuming the functions of development, production, supervision and overseeing of both into just one entity of more than 900 people between directors, producers, designers, coordinators, planners and so on which are divided between internal and external development after the merger of EAD (about 700) and SPD (about 90)

Anyway, here's a list for all producers and directors on new Switch games not developed by Nintendo but funded, owned, distributed, produced and so on, like a publisher does. The list will have the name, the games and position, and a page from Nintendo wikia which if desired, you can see more of their history and what they worked before.

Masamichi Abe – Currently part of Nintendo of America. Creative Director on The Stretchers. –
Masamichi Abe - Non-developed Nintendo games: A brief list of producers and directors from Nintendo


https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Masamichi_Abe

Takao Nakano – Currently part of Nintendo of America. Producer on Snipperclips and The Stretchers. –
Takao Nakano - Non-developed Nintendo games: A brief list of producers and directors from Nintendo

https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Takao_Nakano

Toyokazu Nonaka – Part of Nintendo EPD. Producer on Snipperclips, Mario Tennis Aces, Super Mario Party, BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL!, The Stretchers, Good Job, Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics, Pokémon Café Mix. – https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Toyokazu_Nonaka

Genki Yokota – Part of Nintendo EPD. Director on Xenoblade 2 and Fire Emblem Threehouses. – https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Genki_Yokota

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Hitoshi Yamagami – Part of Nintendo EPD, Manager of Production Group No 1. Producer on Xenoblade 2, Kirby Star Allies, Pokemon Quest, Pokemon Let's Go, Tetris 99, Fire Emblem Three Houses, Astral Chain, Super Kirby Clash, Pokemon Sword and Shield. – https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Hitoshi_Yamagami

Toshiharu Izuno – Part of Nintendo EPD, Manager of Production Group No 2. Producer on Mario Tennis Aces. – https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Toshiharu_Izuno

Keisuke Terasaki – Part of Nintendo EPD. Producer on Super Mario Party, Mario Tennis Aces and The Stretchers – https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Keisuke_Terasaki

Toshiaki Suzuki – Part of Nintendo EPD. Producer on Super Mario Party and Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classic. – https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Toshiaki_Suzuki

Akira Kinashi – Part of Nintendo EPD. Producer on Pokémon Let's Go, Tetris 99, Pokemon Sword and Shield, Pokemon Café Mix. – https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Akira_Kinashi

Shinya Saito – Part of Nintendo EPD. Producer on Super Smash Bros Ultimate. – https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Shinya_Saito

Takashi Tezuka – Part of Nintendo EPD, Senior Officer. Executive Officer at Nintendo. Producer on Yoshi Crafted World and Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics. – https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Takashi_Tezuka

Akira Kimoto – Part of Nintendo of America. Director on Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. – https://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,415948/

Kaori Ando – Part of Nintendo EPD. Co-director on Astral Chain. – https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Kaori_Ando

Ryuichi Nakada – Part of Nintendo EPD. Director on Tetris 99. – https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Ryuichi_Nakada

Kensuke Tanabe – Part of Nintendo EPD, Senior Officer. Producer on Luigi's Mansion 3 and Paper Mario The Origami King. –
https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Kensuke_Tanabe

Katsuya Eguchi – Part of Nintendo EPD, Deputy General Manager. Producer on The Stretchers, Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics and Good Job. – https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Katsuya_Eguchi

Yoshiaki Koizumi – Part of Nintendo EPD, Deputy General Manager. Senior Executive Officer at Nintendo. Producer on The Stretchers. – https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Yoshiaki_Koizumi

I hope I could make it better on how those things works with this and also about the people from Nintendo who work on those games and are effectively ignored since the information from credits and search for people who work on games are rarely done.

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