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Intelligent Systems Development HQ Image Emerges

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Part of continued investment

Intelligent Systems is a first-party Nintendo studio that's forged its identity through its continued work on the popular Paper Mario and Fire Emblem franchises, with Fire Emblem: Awakening being a particular highlight in 2013. Beyond those well known examples, however, its importance to Nintendo across console generations is reflected in its roles in projects both big and small, ranging from programming work on Super Metroid to the excellent 3DS eShop titles Pullblox / Pushmo and Fallblox / Crashmo.

Keen to ensure that its development efforts are supported by solid infrastructure, Nintendo has been investing heavily in new buildings and sites for their teams, making headlines last year with plans for a new facility (now finished) to house the unified handheld and console divisions. We now have an image of a relatively small building specifically for Intelligent Systems, perhaps an indication of the studio's vital role within Nintendo — it reportedly opened in October last year. The team is involved in the Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem Wii U project, but we can be sure that there's more in the works based on the studio's output across Wii, DS and 3DS in recent years.

Are you a fan of Intelligent Systems? What games do you hope to see come out of its fancy new building in the coming months and years?


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You've seen one Japanese game developer building you've seen them mall. The important stuff is what is happening inside. I imagine magic.



Nintenjoe64 said:

I seriously hope they're making a 'Wars' game that uses the gamepad for the RTS and lets us get in on the action. Maybe Kuju are doing a Battalion Wars game....



Gerbwmu said:

I really hope they give us a stand alone Fire Emblem game for the Wii U as well as the FE v SMT game. Maybe a sequel to Radiant Dawn following Queen Nailah back to her home country?......although I'd take an HD combo remake of PoR / RD with some extra levels.



LostHeaven said:

Not a mention to the "Wars" series?! Serious momment of brain flatulence there

Amnesia aside, I'm overjoyed to see Intelligent Systems grow. One of my favorite developers of all time, from Super Metroid to my 2013 GOTY Fire Emblem Awakening. Can't wait for the first 3DS Advance Wars game!



IronMan28 said:

Cool, hopefully this allows them to hone their skills on games they're producing!



unrandomsam said:

Doesn't really compare to the new Apple HQ does it really. (Any number of buildings that look similar to that within even walking distance from my house).



alLabouTandroiD said:

So clean that it's obvious it's got something to do with Nintendo.
Real hardcore company buildings are all covered in blood und bulletholes.



Deathgaze said:

My favourite Nintendo developer! I'll love a stand alone Fire Emblem and Advance Wars on the Wii U.



King47 said:

IS is probably my favorite developer, and now I'm starting to looking more at Monolith as well.

I hope they work on a real Wii U Fire Emblem and a 3DS, or Wii U, Advance Wars. I also like Crashmo, but I want them to work on a full games.

I hope they just stop making lesser games like Game and Wario.



WindWakerLink said:

I want a new Paper Mario for the Wii U that's more like "A Thousand-Year Door" or something similar to it. Gotta have my partners! 'coughs sticker star coughs'



tehgam3r said:

So glad to see my favorite developer getting some love.
With so many great game series like Fire Emblem(Awakening was my Game of the year), Paper Mario, WarioWare Pushblox. Oh and who could forget Advance Wars! The first one has to be my favorite game of all time, please say a 3DS version is in the works.

oh I'm sure they helped work on Metroid Fusion as well which I think is the best Metroid game.



sevex said:

I'd love a new Advance Wars! Or a true Paper Mario game on Wii U.



Klunk23 said:

That's a nice looking building. And Intelligent Systems deserves it. They are a great developer (my personal favorite) and I'm looking forward to SMT x FE. And I'm hoping for a purely Fire Emblem title on Wii u ( HD fire emblem would be the best).



AdanVC said:

Well desserved, they create some awesome games, tremendous amount of variety on each one. This guys are my favorites since the Wario Ware games on GBA.



Gerbwmu said:

@LordofThewinDs - hahahahaha.......but it isn't nearly colorful enough....they need to paint it all cartoony and make the doors 4 foot tall....cause it's for kiddies after all



StephenYap3 said:

I love Intelligent Systems and if one of them is a Paper Mario game they're working on, I cannot wait as I loved all four of them. I don't care if the next one on Wii U is going to be another Sticker Star, but I'd be more delighted if the next one is going to return to the roots of the first two titles

By the way, I became a Fire Emblem fan with Awakening



SpookyMeths said:

IS has done so well at fully utilizing the dual screen on DS/3DS and I can't wait to see them do something for the Wii U that makes great use of the Gamepad.



Yoshis_VGM said:

Hopefully they make a Paper Mario for Wii U, and hopefully they make a TRUE Paper Mario.



electrolite77 said:

If I squint really hard I can see through one of the windows someone coding a new Advance Wars.

In my head.



NintyMan said:

Intelligent Systems is a brilliant studio, with WarioWare and Paper Mario being my favorite IPs from them. I really hope they're working on a new WarioWare for 3DS and a traditional Paper Mario for Wii U. The more resources and manpower they get the better!



TrueWiiMaster said:

Intelligent Systems is one of my favorite developers. Though I'd love to see a Fire Emblem or Paper Mario on the Wii U (as well as a proper Warioware game), what I'd really love to see them make right now is a new Advance Wars for the Wii U or 3DS (or both). It's been far too long.



BXXL said:

Intelligent Systems is one of the best studio in the business, period... i've played most of their games over the years, and they never fail to please me, they're just top-top-class...

Now, if only Nintendo could have 5 or 6 teams like them in addition to all their already existent first and second party studios: more strategy games, more rpg's, more 3d puzzle-adventures, all made with the same "intelligence"... a man can dream, right?

But Intelligent Systems is certainly one of the main reason why i'm still into buying Nintendo's consoles while i'm now way over 40... alongside the best Marios and all the Zeldas and Metroids, of course...



OliverAdam said:

They're set for the Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem game, so my guess is: They're doing the Shin Megamin Tensei X Fire Emblem game.



DerpSandwich said:

This is ridiculously exciting. Keep on expanding, Nintendo, because otherwise you're just going to keep having trouble coming out with enough games.



SageWaterDragon said:

You know, I am feeling extremely conflicted about the fact that Thomas didn't bring up the Advance Wars series. On one hand, they haven't made a game in the series for a while, so it makes sense to not really mention it. On the other hand, this also means that the Wars series is fading into obscurity; at least the Fire Emblem series is close enough to it for comfort. Honestly, I would be perfectly happy if Intelligent Systems became a third party developer and started making games for a variety of systems. Preferably sticking to Nintendo hardware as their system of choice (a la Naughty Dog), but occasionally making games for the PC and whatnot. Wouldn't a Wars game on the PC be completely fantastic? Let me answer that for you: yes.



R_Champ said:


TOTALLY AGREE. I love intelligent systems and I'm hyper excited Nintendo is at least showing them some love, but the last amazing Paper Mario game was TTYD. A new Paper Mario and Fire Emblem for Wii U would be awesome.


Monolith is another amazing in-house Nintendo studio you might want to try (if you haven't already). IMO they are as good as Intelligent systems, Retro, EAD, etc.



BXXL said:

@ R_Champ

Thanks for the reminder, but yes indeed, i've played Xenoblade and Baten Kaitos, and even Disaster Day of Crisis... very fine games, especially Xenoblade, but their output can't compare to the quality AND quantity of InSys, as they release one game every two years or so...

But once again, i wish Nintendo had more teams like these under its wing... Platinum with some ex-Clover guys would be a good start, if their relationship evolves, and Treasure is also a studio i keep an eye on when it comes to good japanese games...

Plus, make some partnership deals with Atlus and Level 5 would't hurt either... or ask Square Enix to create a MMO for them: so many things Nintendo could do, but doesn't... and they have the money for it, sometimes i can't understand why they're so conservative and play it that safe...



2Sang said:

Good start. Fire emblem needs its own studio to work solely on Fire emblem games, it's becoming big enough of a franchise to justify it. Same thing as Zelda, Mario, Pokemon, and Smash Bros.

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