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Nintendo Platform Technology Development[a], commonly abbreviated as Nintendo PTD, is a hardware development division inside Nintendo. The division was created in September 2015 after the merger of Nintendo's Integrated Research & Development and System Development divisions.[1][2]

Nintendo Platform Technology Development
Native name
Nintendō Gijutsu Kaihatsu Honbu
IndustryVideo games
FoundedSeptember 16, 2015; 4 years ago (2015-09-16)
Key people
  • General Manager
  • Ko Shiota
  • Deputy General Manager
  • Takeshi Shimada


The Nintendo Platform Technology Development division was created on September 16, 2015, as part of a company-wide organizational restructure that took place under Nintendo's then newly appointed president, Tatsumi Kimishima. The division was created after the merger of two Nintendo's divisions, the Integrated Research & Development (IRD), which specialized in hardware development, and System Development (SDD), which specialized operating system development and its development environment and network services.[2]

The new division assumed both of its predecessors' roles. Ko Shiota, formerly Deputy General Manager of the IRD division, serves as the General Manager, while Takeshi Shimada, formerly Deputy General Manager of the Software Environment Development Department of the SDD division, serves the same role.[2]

The division was responsible for the development of the company's hybrid game console, the Nintendo Switch.[3]

On April 27, 2017, following the retirement of general manager and long-time Nintendo hardware developer Genyo Takeda, Ko Shiota was appointed as his successor.[4]

On April 13, 2018, Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development general manager Shinya Takahashi revealed that Nintendo was working on a new hardware video game system.[5]

Products developedEdit

List of products developed by the Nintendo Platform Technology Development division
Year Name Platform(s) Ref
2017 Nintendo Switch[b] Hardware [3]
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Nintendo Switch [3]
New Nintendo 2DS XL[c] Hardware [6]
Joy-Con AA Battery Pack Nintendo Switch [7]


  1. ^ Japanese: 任天堂技術開発本部 Hepburn: Nintendō Gijutsu Kaihatsu Honbu?
  2. ^ Includes Joy-Con.
  3. ^ Includes New Nintendo 2DS XL stylus.


  1. ^ Kohler, Chris. "Nintendo Consolidates Its Game Development Teams". Wired. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Rad, Chloi; Otero, Jose. "Nintendo Reveals Restructuring Plans". IGN. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Conditt, Jessica. "Nintendo is really excited about the Switch's detachable gamepads". Engadget. Engadget. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  4. ^ Yoshimura, Takuya (April 27, 2017). "Notice Regarding Retirement of a Representative Director and Management Changes" (PDF). Nintendo. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  5. ^ Barder, Ollie. "Shinya Takahashi Of Nintendo Hints At New Hardware But What Will Happen To The Switch?". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  6. ^ Stein, Scott. "How the Nintendo 2DS XL can succeed alongside Nintendo Switch". CNET. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  7. ^ Statt, Nick (2017-04-12). "Nintendo introduces new neon yellow Joy-Con color and controller battery pack". The Verge. Retrieved 2019-01-16.