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Rumor: EAD Tokyo restructuring, new division lead by Miyamoto
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October 13, 2012, 11:14:41
 
Sakurai will bring carnage to EAD Tokyo. D=

GAF.....

shikamaru ninja said:
2013 Expected Iwata Changes
+ Major shift in Kyoto development sources involving 3 R&D buildings
+ Shigeru Miyamoto stepping down as EAD General Manager
+ Takash Tezuka becoming new EAD General Manager
+ New Groups / New Producers announced for EAD Kyoto / SPD Kyoto
+ EAD Tokyo Expansion / Masahiro Sakurai Possibly Joining EAD Tokyo
+ New Division lead by Miyamoto with younger staff focused on smaller scale games
+ Miyamoto's Departure Inspiring New IPs for the EAD Kyoto Division

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Posted: 10/13/12, 11:14:41  - Edited by 
 on: 10/14/12, 04:26:10    
 
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From what I have read on the GAF thread Sakurai just isn't capable of studio management and directing games, if true bringing him into EAD in directing capacity seems to be a good move as it will free his hands and allow him to focus on the games rather than the red tape.


Posted by 
 on: 10/13/12, 11:17:48  - Edited by 
 on: 10/13/12, 11:19:40
I can't handle change! Wait...this doesn't concern me directly...carry on...


Posted by 
 on: 10/13/12, 14:51:02
warerare said:
From what I have read on the GAF thread Sakurai just isn't capable of studio management and directing games, if true bringing him into EAD in directing capacity seems to be a good move as it will free his hands and allow him to focus on the games rather than the red tape.

What do you mean? Some of my all-time favorite games--Kirby's Adventure, Kirby Super Star, all 3 Smash Bros, Kirby Air Ride, Meteos, and Kid Icarus Uprising--were all Sakurai-directed. That said, EAD Tokyo doesn't seem to be the kind of company that really needs Sak's help, but a game with the design and gameplay of SMG combined with the polish and content of a Sakurai title makes me drool.

This news also makes me excited for the new Shiggy division.


Posted by 
 on: 10/13/12, 17:14:55
The guy who provided this information has said a number of things such as

Managing a studio, producing and directing games was way beyond Masahiro Sakurai. Sakurai's wife helped him managed the studio as well, but it just wasn't enough. Specifically procuring and hiring talent became arduous for Sakurai. Basically he was never able to assemble an internal staff capable of developing a game on its own. For Smash Bros. Brawl and Kid Icarus, they only we able to hire about 20-50% of the necessary staff required for a Wii-3DS game. Nintendo had to subcontract several companies for each game to reach development. Again, they tried to hire staff for the Smash HD-3DS project, and they just gave up, liquidated the subsidiary, and hired Namco-Bandai to do the intial labor. Three strikes and you are out.

Iwata wanted Sakurai to join EAD Tokyo back for Brawl. But Sakurai thought he could run a studio without direct Nintendo management. He was wrong. With Project Sora closing, it seems all but evident that Sakurai should go back to Iwata's original plan to form the third main section of EAD Tokyo alongside Producer Shimizu and Producer Koizumi.


Posted by 
 on: 10/13/12, 17:34:55
This stuff sounds awesome. Gives me hope for Wii U's lineup beyond 2013. We should see lots of unique content for the system.


Posted by 
 on: 10/13/12, 19:55:40
And this part.

Takashi Tezuka becoming new EAD General Manager

Yes please, There is very little wrong here.

Devil World designer (with Shigeru Miyamoto)[5]
Super Mario Bros. designer (with Shigeru Miyamoto)[6]
Super Mario Bros. 2 (The Lost Levels) designer[6]
The Legend of Zelda director, designer, and writer (with Shigeru Miyamoto)[7]
Super Mario Bros. 3 designer (with Shigeru Miyamoto)[8]
Super Mario World main director
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past director
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening director
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island director (with others)
BS The Legend of Zelda designer (with Shigeru Miyamoto)
BS The Legend of Zelda: Inishie no Sekiban supervisor
Yoshi's Story producer
Super Mario 64 - assistant director (with Yoshiaki Koizumi)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time supervisor (with Toshihiko Nakago)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask supervisor
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages supervisor (with others)
Luigi's Mansion producer (with Shigeru Miyamoto)
Pikmin progress management (with others)
Animal Crossing producer
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker producer (with Shigeru Miyamoto)
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap supervisor (with others)
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures supervisor (with Toshihiko Nakago)
Pikmin 2 producer (with Shigeru Miyamoto)
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door character supervisor (with others)
Yoshi Touch & Go producer
Animal Crossing: Wild World producer (with Katsuya Eguchi)
New Super Mario Bros. general producer
Wii Music producer
New Super Mario Bros. Wii producer (with Hiroyuki Kimura)
Super Mario Galaxy 2 producer (with Yoshiaki Koizumi)
New Super Mario Bros. 2 - producer


Posted by 
 on: 10/13/12, 20:17:15  - Edited by 
 on: 10/13/12, 20:18:57
Didn't Sakurai recently quit Nintendo to form his own studio. Why would he come back?!


Posted by 
 on: 10/13/12, 21:11:49
@Zero

He formed Project Sora which recently got disbanded.


Posted by 
 on: 10/13/12, 21:16:25
Sakurai is most definitely a positive change especially if Nintendo wants to appeal to the typical "hardcore" gamer again. His games are always super polished - awesome graphics and displays, orchestrated soundtracks, you name it. Just as an example, I'm 90% sure the Kirby anniversary collection had much more content than the Mario one because Sakurai was involved.


Posted by 
 on: 10/13/12, 21:33:35
I definitely don't know whos whos and where....I don't pay that much attention even though you guys have always talked about it over the years. I guess I'm just going to look out for the new development studio
edit: as far as Nintendo directors/developers I know Sakurai, Miyamoto, and Aonuma lol


Posted by 
 on: 10/13/12, 21:38:08  - Edited by 
 on: 10/13/12, 21:52:37
I just want more new IPs please, whatever it takes. Do it.


Posted by 
 on: 10/14/12, 07:50:47
I hope this doesn't mean more games like Kid Icarus uprising with convoluted control schemes that are difficult to use. I'm trying to imagine a mario game with no jump button but instead you have to "smash" dash onto a jump pad and it's making me feel a little ill.


Posted by 
 on: 10/14/12, 17:32:51
@deathly_hallows

Well, it sounds like he would be leading his own EAD Tokyo development team... the Mario franchise doesn't need him. I like the idea.


Posted by 
 on: 10/14/12, 19:04:36
Miyamoto is retiring! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Posted by 
 on: 10/16/12, 03:03:27
@Marsh

What if the New IPs are poopies?


Posted by 
 on: 10/16/12, 03:42:03
@Mr_Mustache There have to be poopies before the goldies. Right now, there are too few new properties from Nintendo and it concerns me. Denpamen is a good start!


Posted by 
 on: 10/16/12, 04:15:29  - Edited by 
 on: 10/16/12, 04:15:42
Renjaku said:
Sakurai will bring carnage to EAD Tokyo. D=

GAF.....

shikamaru ninja said:
2013 Expected Iwata Changes
+ EAD Tokyo Expansion / Masahiro Sakurai Possibly Joining EAD Tokyo
Mother of GOD.

EAD Tokyo + Sakurai....

Straight to my VEINS.


Posted by 
 on: 10/16/12, 05:42:47
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