Nintendo Software Technology

Nintendo Software Technology Corporation ( NST) is a video game developer based in Redmond, Washington. The company is a subsidiary and one of the eight internal or a total of 16 first-party developers at Nintendo.


NST was the late 1990s, founded first American development studio as Nintendo, with the objective to develop games specifically for the North American and Western market. In NSTs first projects related exclusively to ports of older games on the then-current Nintendo game consoles. On January 1, published in 2000 NST Capcom's classic Bionic Commando for the Game Boy Color. That same year, followed by a port of Namco's Ridge Racer on the Nintendo 64 and SNK's Crystalis - again for Game Boy Color.

NSTs premises were built on the same site which also hosts the headquarters of Nintendo of America and the DigiPen Institute of Technology, a college for video game developers are located. Accordingly, a large part of the group consisting of about 80 people NST workforce from DigiPen graduates is composed.

Currently NST is headed by Shigeki Yamashiro.


Developed Games

In addition, developed by NST even games they are often also responsible for porting from other developers:

  • Bionic Commando (porting from NES on Game Boy Color )
  • Ridge Racer 64 ( port of the PlayStation to Nintendo 64)
  • Crystalis (porting from NES on Game Boy Color )
  • Pokémon Puzzle League (Nintendo 64)
  • Wave Race: Blue Storm ( GameCube )
  • Nintendo Puzzle Collection (Japan only, GameCube )
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time & Master Quest ( ported from the Nintendo 64 to GameCube )
  • 1080 ° Avalanche ( GameCube )
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong ( Game Boy Advance )
  • Ridge Racer DS (Nintendo DS)
  • Big Brain Academy (Nintendo DS)
  • Metroid Prime: Hunters ( Nintendo DS)
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis ( Nintendo DS)

Discontinued Games

  • Project H.A.M.M.E.R. ( Wii)