Nintendo ramps up smart device development team

Count Nintendo among the companies on the lookout for mobile developers with smart device experience. 

According to Kotaku, Nintendo is searching for developers who possess experience designing apps for smart devices.

The news comes after Nintendo released its Miitomo smart device app in March and partnered with Japanese company DeNA last year to produce games using Nintendo properties on mobile devices. 

So what does it take to fulfill Nintendo's requirements for a smart app developer?

The company is reportedly seeking smart app developers who understand smartphone graphics, possess network game server development experience and have worked with Unity, Cocos2d-x and UnrealEngine. 

Furthermore, Nintendo is looking to fill vacancies at its Kyoto headquarters and Tokyo office, which means developers who are hoping to pursue a vacancy in the United States may need to wait. 

Although Nintendo primarily is known for its video game hardware and software, the company has been successful with its Miitomo app. 

To date, Miitomo has been downloaded more than 10 million times, and Nintendo may explore new opportunities in the mobile space moving forward. 

Nintendo is also reportedly looking to create a smart device of its own. 

Shinya Takahashi, Nintendo's General Manager of Entertainment Planning and Development, told Polygon that his company is evaluating both hardware and software development for different types of games and experiences.

"Physical controllers for smart device applications are available in the market and it is possible that we may also develop something new by ourselves," he noted. "I believe Nintendo's way of thinking is to look at whether action games are really not impossible (without a physical controller for smart device applications) to create and how we can make it happen to create such a game."

Nintendo may be a company for developers to watch, as it is already searching for developers with smart app experience and expertise. 

Plus, Nintendo is committing additional resources to its mobile development efforts, which could create many new opportunities for developers to join the company in the near future. - Dan, @FierceDeveloper

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