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Report: Nintendo R&D Facility Will Cost $204M
Report: Nintendo R&D Facility Will Cost $204M
July 1, 2011 | By Mike Rose

July 1, 2011 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo has increased the amount it plans to spend on its new Kyoto-based R&D facility, due to begin construction in January 2012, according to media reports.

Nintendo first acquired the site back in 2009 for 12.8 billion ($141.9 million) as a means of consolidating the R&D departments at two different facilities to improve team communication.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that the company was looking to spend 12.8 billion yen ($154 million) on the construction of the facility, which will house over 1,500 employees.

Japanese newspaper Nikkei is now reporting, as translated by Andriasang, that Nintendo is planning to invest an increased amount of 16.5 billion ($204.4 million) in the facility. The building is set to be completed by 2013.

Built on top of a former golf range, the new offices will be located closer to Nintendo's headquarters, as both buildings will be located in Kyoto's Minami Ward. It will have eight floors, including a basement.

The facility will be the Mario house's primary R&D location, with its staff concentrating mainly on software and hardware product development.

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Alan Youngblood
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All this while it takes $0 dollars and a few minutes to listen to your fans about operation rainfall where Nintendo of America can 1)Make money 2)Invest in core gamers as followers by proving you care

It's pretty easy considering you've already got Last Story, Xenoblade and Pandora's Tower localized to our language for Europe. Just change your region lock and make sure that didn't cause any fatal game errors and you're set. You make money now and keep fans for the future. It's a win-win-win situation.

James Smith
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All this research just to determine fans want a Pokemon MMO? Ninty need ot get over themselves and make it already. You can protect kids in an MMO setting, it has been done in many to great success. Give unto us the greatest MMO that can ever exist..!