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Nintendo of America Inc.

The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo Switch™ system and the Nintendo 3DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold billions of video games and hundreds of millions of hardware units globally, including Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS™ family of systems, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™, Wii™, and Wii U™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names, such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Americas. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at

Nintendo is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a welcoming and inclusive environment in service to one another, our products, the diverse consumers we represent, and the communities we call home. We do all of this with kindness, empathy and respect for each other.



  • Translates game text, graphic assets, voice scripts, marketing materials, and supplementary development and testing-related documents and materials as required to support products and services through launch and beyond

  • Plays pre -production software in Japanese and communicates and clarifies developer intent through text translation and collaboration with other team members

  • Provides cultural and creative input regarding localizing Nintendo products for the US, Canada, and Latin America

  • Contributes to the naming process for game titles and terminology

  • Tests and evaluates games and products and provides feedback regarding user experience, design and content for the US, French Canadian, or Latin American market

  • Acts as a product subject matter to assist other Nintendo of America, Inc. (NOA) departments in capturing video and screenshots and demonstrating games internally to support promotional and marketing campaign planning

  • Collaborates with localization staff at Nintendo of Europe (NOE) to achieve alignment when necessary by creating process efficiencies and leveraging resources

  • Maintains awareness of game industry in assigned market and communicates market trends to product acquisition, development, and marketing teams

  • Maintains awareness of culturalization - and DE&I-related topics, identifying issues and proposing solutions as needed

  • Works with management in coordinating global localization efforts, ensuring efficiency and avoiding unnecessary redundancy

  • Reviews products for Legal and ESRB compliance

  • May interpret meetings, telephone calls, and video conferences related to game development and localization

  • Performs translation and interpretation for other departments and subsidiaries as required

  • Provides input in project scheduling and resource allocation

  • Updates management in a timely manner regarding development schedule challenges, changes, and delays

  • Assists with the planning and direction of voice recording sessions

  • May be asked to participate in the hiring process by reviewing assessments, and participating in interviews

  • Up to 10% domestic and international travel


  • May interpret media interviews with developers at high-profile events

  • Leverages understanding of game content and target market trends and culture in making recommendations and proposals related to market strategy and tactics

  • May act as spokesperson for Nintendo by demonstrating games to media, participating in interviews, presenting on live streams, and supporting other promotional efforts

  • Generates game-related content for websites, social media, and other consumer-facing portals

  • Engages in regular direct communication with Japanese first- and second-party developers regarding Nintendo product localization, requiring a high-level of diplomacy and cultural and language fluency

  • Translates development-related reference materials for use by global localization teams


  • Two to four years of related experience

  • Acute attention to detail and accuracy

  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills

  • Strong game play skills and the ability to identify design and content issues

  • Familiarity with contemporary and historical home and mobile video-game markets

  • Strong familiarity with Microsoft Office suite and ability to quickly become proficient with complex proprietary software

  • Familiarity with Slack, Jira, and Confluence

  • Passing familiarity with how tags work in programming languages

  • Ability to work in a highly confidential environment

  • Advanced Japanese and English translation skills, including two to four years specific translation experience

  • Japanese and English interpretation skills, including experience interpreting business meetings and/or conference calls

  • Familiarity with Japanese history, culture, customs and business protocol

  • Familiarity with localization/CAT tools like translation memory and parsing tools, content management systems, html, xml, or other markup languages

  • Experience operating Microsoft Windows and Office software in Japanese

  • Familiarity with localization/CAT tools like translation memory and parsing tools, content management systems, html, xml, or other markup languages

  • Undergraduate degree in Japanese, East Asian Studies, Linguistics, Translation, a related field, or equivalent experience

  • Level 1 certification on the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test or equivalent (For Japanese-English translators) recommended

This position includes a base pay range of $30.73 - $46.09 per hour, potential for a semi-annual discretionary performance bonus, and a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, 401(k), and paid time off. Please see our Benefits & Perks page for more benefits information. Fixed term employees are eligible for all listed employee benefits except tuition reimbursement.