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A rough estimate of Nintendo’s EAD Tokyo staff count over the years

Posted on May 7, 2014 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

The folks over at Nintendo-Online recently examined the amount of employees working at Nintendo EAD Tokyo. You can get an estimated look at how the staff count changed over the years based on how many direct developers are named in the credits of the studio’s games.

– The studio started in 2003 with about 30 employees.
– Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat (2004): ~ 30 EAD Tokyo developers
– Super Mario Galaxy (2007): ~ 55-60 EAD Tokyo developers
– Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010): ~ 40 EAD Tokyo developers
– Super Mario 3D Land (2011): ~ 50 EAD Tokyo developers
– Super Mario 3D World (2013): nearly 100 EAD Tokyo developers
– Conclusion: The studio grew gradually bigger over time, but in the last two years, its staff nearly doubled.
– This is supported by a Miyamoto interview from June 2013 in which he revealed that he was working with Yoshiaki Koizumi, the studio’s producer, on increasing the staff.

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