Nintendo opened a new state of the art building on its Redmond Campus in 2010. A directional system divides the 300,000-square-foot building into color-coded quadrants named after game characters Mario, Donkey Kong, Yoshi and Wario. The employee cafeteria is called Cafe Mario and the top-floor conference room is the Master Sword, a reference to the game Legend of Zelda. The eco friendly building has bamboo flooring and 75,000 square feet of plants on its roof.
The company is known for secrecy in protecting its intellectual property and frowns on blogging employees.
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata’s “Iwata Asks” series on the company’s Web site provides a good snapshot of how the company approaches game-making. In it, Iwata asks development staff the background and history behind some of Nintendo’s projects.
You can follow the company on Twitter and LinkedIn. There is an unofficial Facebook page for Nintendo’s U.S. subsidiary.