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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 http://www.nintendo.com.

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DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

  • Translates in-game text, voice scripts, manuals, 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 design and content for the US, French Canadian, or Latin American market

  • Assists other Nintendo of America, Inc. (NOA) departments with game-related support including demonstrating games internally and capturing video and screenshots

  • 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 related topics, identifying issues and proposing solutions as needed

  • Works with management in coordinating global localization efforts, insuring 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 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

SUMMARY OF REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

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

  • Ability to work in a highly confidential environment

  • Japanese bilingual:

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

    • Familiarity with localization/translation tools

    • Experience operating Microsoft Windows and Office software in Japanese

  • Undergraduate degree in required language, Linguistics, Translation, Communications, Journalism or equivalent experience

  • Experience translating and editing in target language preferred

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