Over the past few years we’ve seen a rise in prominence of the Nintendo Treehouse team. Situated at Nintendo of America’s HQ in Seattle, Washington, the Treehouse is responsible for localizing many first and third party games for Nintendo systems and has often been shrouded in secrecy.
After several E3’s worth of showing behind the scenes action, Nintendo is finally lifting the curtain in a big way – with a Tumblr blog. It promises to feature write-ups from different members of the team, shedding light on upcoming games as well as older stories from classic titles. As of right now there’s an introduction post by Bill Trinen and a closer look at the localization process from Nate Bihldorff, who even goes into his first localization job – Paper Mario. Here’s an excerpt from the former, summarizing the new platform:
“Over the last several years, we’ve continued looking for new ways to communicate with Nintendo fans and get them the product knowledge and insight that Treehouse staff are uniquely positioned to share. What we’ve seen from Nintendo Treehouse: Live is that there is a hunger for deeper details from people who know and love the games. Sometimes it makes sense for that information to come in the form of a Nintendo Treehouse: Live broadcast, but what we’re finding is that there is more to share over the course of the year, and it may not always make sense to do it in a live stream. That’s where the Nintendo Treehouse Log comes in.
But as I write this post on the tail end of a whirlwind tour across the globe that started with the Nintendo Switch preview event, I realize that we can’t yet really say with certainty what exactly the Nintendo Treehouse Log will become. What I can say is that it will be a place where we’ll post content periodically, rather than on a set schedule. The content will offer insight into games and franchises you love, presented from a unique Treehouse perspective. We may not cover every game or every IP, and we won’t pull the curtain all the way back, but our hope is that the Nintendo Treehouse Log will evolve into something fans will enjoy—a place where you can get details on games you’re looking forward to from a variety of different people who are excited to talk about them. Here’s hoping you’ll be looking forward to our posts, and coming back for more.”
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