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Nintendo Software Planning & Development (or SPD) is a research, planning, and development division inside of Nintendo Co., Ltd main central headquarters. The division was created during a corporate restructuring in late 2003 with the abolishment of the old Nintendo R&D1 and Nintendo R&D2 teams. While several of the remaining Nintendo R&D1 designers reside in the division along with a staggered group of former Nintendo R&D2 and Nintendo EAD staff, the programmers and artists consist of a lot of new talent. The group has the task of independently developing small innovative games, assisting other development teams on projects, and managing overseas production of first-party franchises. It is currently split into three separate departments who work concurrently on different projects.
Current Structure of Nintendo SPD
Nintendo SPD Group No.1
|WarioWare: Twisted!1||2004||GBA||Goro Abe||Yoshio Sakamoto|
|WarioWare: Touched!1||2004||NDS||Goro Abe||Yoshio Sakamoto|
|WarioWare: Smooth Moves1||2006||Wii||Goro Abe||Yoshio Sakamoto|
|Rhythm Tengoku||2006||GBA||Kazuyoshi Osawa||Yoshio Sakamoto|
|Kousoku Card Battle: Card Hero||2007||NDS||Kazuyoshi Osawa||Yoshio Sakamoto|
|Rhythm Heaven||2008||NDS||Kazuyoshi Osawa||Yoshio Sakamoto|
|WarioWare: Snapped!1||2009||DSi||Goro Abe||Yoshio Sakamoto|
|WarioWare D.I.Y.1||2009||NDS||Goro Abe||Yoshio Sakamoto|
|WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase1||2009||WiiWare||Goro Abe||Yoshio Sakamoto|
|Friend Collection||2009||NDS||Ryutaro Takahashi||Yoshio Sakamoto|
|Metroid: Other M*2||2010||Wii||Currently Unknown||Yoshio Sakamoto|
Nintendo SPD Group No.2
Manager/producer: Hitoshi Yamagami
Responsible primarily for first party puzzle games on Nintendo handhelds.
|Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!||2005||NDS||Kouichi Kawamoto||Hitoshi Yamagami|
|Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day||2005||NDS||Hirsohi Honjo, Masaki Tawara||Hitoshi Yamagami|
|Mahjong DS||2005||NDS||Masaki Tawara||Hitoshi Yamagami|
|Super Princess Peach1||2005||NDS||Akio Imai, Azusa Tajima||Hitoshi Yamagami, Yasuhiro Minamimoto|
|Tetris DS||2006||NDS||Masaki Tawara||Hitoshi Yamagami|
- 1 Co-produced with TOSE.
Nintendo SPD Group No.3
Manager/producer: Kensuke Tanabe
Responsible for overseeing the development of titles by overseas and outhouse teams. Currently overseeing an unknown number of internal and external projects.
|Metroid Prime1||2002||GCN||Mark Pacini||Kensuke Tanabe|
|Metroid Prime 2: Echoes1||2004||GCN||Mark Pacini||Kensuke Tanabe|
|Battalion Wars2||2005||GCN||Kensuke Tanabe|
|Super Mario Strikers3||2005||GCN||Kensuke Tanabe|
|Geist4||2005||GCN||Kensuke Tanabe, Hideki Konno|
|Metroid Prime Hunters5||2006||NDS||Kensuke Tanabe|
|Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis5||2006||NDS||Kensuke Tanabe|
|Excite Truck6||2006||Wii||Kensuke Tanabe, Keisuke Terasaki|
|Metroid Prime 3: Corruption1||2007||Wii||Mark Pacini||Kensuke Tanabe|
|Battalion Wars 22||2007||Wii||Kensuke Tanabe|
|Mario Strikers Charged3||2007||Wii||Kensuke Tanabe|
|Excitebots: Trick Racing6||2009||Wii||Kensuke Tanabe|
- 1 Co-produced with Retro Studios.
- 2 Co-produced with Kuju Entertainment.
- 3 Co-produced with Next Level Games.
- 4 Co-produced with n-Space.
- 5 Co-produced with Nintendo Software Technology.
- 6 Co-produced with Monster Games.
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