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What is it like to work at Nintendo? Here are some hints

Posted on 08/03/2019 | in 杭州夜生活 | by

I've known a few people who have worked for Nintendo, and most of the stories they share are funny, unlike what you hear from most of the other grunts in the game industry. Nintendo seems to do a great job of keeping their employees happy, involved, and loyal. HangZhou Night Net

A forum user over at SomethingAwful claims to have worked for Nintendo for a year and a half, and shares many stories from his experience. One of the posts talks about the day everyone found out what the final name of Nintendo's new system would be. Do you remember where you were when they decided to call it the Wii?

And it was all over the place. Wii. Wii. Wii. Wii. WHOOOOOOA. I spent most of the rest of the day trying to deduce why Nintendo had done this. The name made no sense, and it meant "urine" and "penis" to boot! I explained this fact to one of my Japanese colleagues, who had previously had no problem with the name but had now changed his mind a bit. We thought that maybe it was still a late April Fool's joke or something.

But I soon realized that this wasn't going to change. I got mad. I wrote an angry post on Slashdot Japan explaining to them what "Wii" means phonetically in English, and why it's already receiving a large backlash in America. (I was marked "informative!") No desks were overturned and no devkits were set alight in effigy, though there was a lot of general grumbling. One translator ran up and down the aisles yelling "Wiiiiiiiiiiiiii!" It was a bit more chaotic than most days, and not very productive at all; half of the company was on internet forums for most of the day.

There aren't any huge surprises or news-y type things going on in the thread, as it's more of a look at what the day-in day-out feel is at Nintendo. Still, I found itinteresting, and I think it's worth your time if you've ever wondered what it would be like to work for Nintendo.

Me? I'd just want a discount at the company store. *drool*

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