Nintendo closes Bay Area office

Nintendo’s Bay Area office will close and employees will be relocated, Kotaku first reported.

Nintendo has confirmed that it is closing two of its North American offices, one in Redwood City and another in Toronto, consolidating operations in its US and Canadian flagships.

“Nintendo of America’s headquarters are in Redmond, WA and Vancouver, BC,” the company said in a statement. “We are moving more of our staff and operations into these headquarters and will eventually close small satellite offices in Toronto, ON and Redwood City, California.”

Kotaku reports that “many of the now displaced workers were saddened by the decision.”

The office at Bridge Parkway in Redwood City consisted primarily of sales and marketing departments. The company’s official website still shows the location, describing it as “where you will find the sales and marketing departments as well as NMI, a dedicated merchandising team working with retail stores across the country.”

A YouTube video from 2012 provides an insight into the bright space, filled with art and trinkets from its most famous franchises, such as Super Mario and Zelda.

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Although Nintendo did not give a reason for the closure of the Redwood City office, it joins a number of high-profile companies that have decided to reopen offices after pandemic closures. Especially in the Bay Area, high property prices have made property readings a more attractive perspective, especially for companies that are able to work externally indefinitely.

Nintendo was founded in Japan and its international headquarters are located in Kyoto.

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