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 more than 4.5 billion video games and more than 710 million 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.
JOB DUTIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
- Partner with global localization teams to establish workflow, project milestones, and localization tasks.
- Manage projects as assigned; monitor progress, maintain project information, and overall schedule.
- Disseminate project information with NCL, NOE and NOA internal groups to ensure that milestones and deadlines are met.
- Identifies gaps and opportunities and makes recommendations to management to effectively resolve and improve localization processes.
- Communicates with overseas and domestic first-, second-, and third-party developers regarding software and service localization through launch and beyond.
- Balances input and feedback from internal stakeholders and external partners to foster alignment, enhance executions, and protect long-term partnership and project health.
- Maintains and enhances working relationships with Nintendo Company Limited (NCL) and development partners.
- Acts as liaison for NCL and development partners, including translating communication on behalf of NOA.
- Works closely with translation and development teams to ensure in-game content is appropriate for the target audience and recommends changes for improved playability and comprehension as needed.
- Assists in reviewing products for ESRB compliance
- Gives input into content and game evaluation for pre-released titles and helps coordinate internal and external monitor tests depending on development needs
- May make recommendations on what games are brought to market.
- Translates, creates, and centralizes materials including spec docs, glossaries, and other development-related information.
- Translates in-game text and game-related content as needed.
- Interprets meetings, telephone calls, and video conferences related to game development and localization.
- Develops post-mortem reports and archives materials upon project completion.
- Up to 10% travel, including international travel.
- Communicates product strengths, features, and differentiation points to upper management and various departments, including Design, Marketing and Product Marketing.
- Provides input into the development of marketing materials; acts as a liaison to coordinate resources as necessary.
- May act as spokesperson for Nintendo by demonstrating games to media, participate in interviews, presenting on live stream and supporting other promotional efforts
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:
- Four years of localization or project management experience
- Two to four years specific translation experience
- Excellent Japanese and English interpretation skills, including experience interpreting business meetings and/or conference calls
- Excellent knowledge of Japanese and American culture
- Familiarity with Japanese business protocol
- Awareness and understanding of Japanese and US localization issues and market preference
- Experience operating Microsoft Windows and Office software in English and Japanese
- Project Management experience (Waterfall and/or Agile) highly preferred.
- Software-development experience preferred
- Bachelor's degree in Japanese, East Asian Studies or a related field or equivalent education and experience required
- Level I certification on the Japanese Proficiency Test or equivalent
- Valid passport required.
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