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Bill Trinen (born August 21, 1972) is the Senior Product Marketing Manager of Nintendo of America.[3] He is also a professional Japanese-to-English translator who has worked on the localization of numerous Nintendo-published video games and often acts as an interpreter for various Japanese developers, most notably video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto.

Bill Trinen
Bill Trinen GDC 2007.jpg
Bill Trinen at the 2007 Game Developers Conference.
Born (1972-08-21) August 21, 1972 (age 47)[1][2]
EducationAoyama Gakuin University, University of Oregon
Alma materUniversity of Oregon
OccupationSenior Product Marketing Manager
Spouse(s)Isabelle Trinen


Trinen began studying Japanese while in high school and continued at the University of Oregon, where he majored in Japanese and minored in Business. He also studied international business, international management, economics, and translation a year overseas in the Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan, and lived in Shibuya.[4][5]

Role at NintendoEdit

Trinen began work with Nintendo translating bug reports on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and was then hired full-time for the Nintendo Treehouse, its game localization division. Trinen described his responsibilities in the Treehouse as "helping explain to people at Nintendo what the cool new features of the games are and points to focus on in PR and marketing". Trinen's first translation project was Mario Party, a Nintendo 64 game first released in 1998. Trinen became the interpreter for Shigeru Miyamoto six months into the job by request of former NOA software engineering manager Jim Merrick.[5] Trinen has also presented in various North American Nintendo Direct presentations. Trinen is a significant public figure of NOA's Nintendo Treehouse division.


  1. ^ "Tomodachi Life Direct 4.10.14 - YouTube". YouTube. 2014-04-10. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  2. ^ "Bill Trinen on Twitter: "Thanks for all the birthday wishes! Wasn't expecting that!"". Twitter. 2015-08-21. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  3. ^ Sarkar, Samit (July 24, 2009). "Interview: Bill Trinen on Wii Sports Resorts". Destructoid. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
  4. ^ LinkedIn - Bill Trinen
  5. ^ a b "Interview: Bill Trinen Of Nintendo". Game Informer. October 10, 2003. Archived from the original on December 5, 2003. Retrieved January 16, 2014.

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