Working exclusively to bring “revolutionary experiences” to Wii U & 3DS…
1st April – Nintendo is proud to announce the opening of a brand new software development studio in the heart of the English countryside. Established just outside the village of Henley-in-Arden, 20miles south of Birmingham, Phoenix Games™ is already hard at work on the research and development of three brand new projects for Nintendo’s Wii U™ Video Game Console, and Nintendo 3DS™.
Leading this new studio are video game veteran’s Tim and Chris Stamper. Perhaps best well known for their previous studio Rareware™, based in Twycross. Tim and Chris have exclusively worked on Nintendo platforms for nearly thirty years, and following the sale of Rareware™ to Microsoft in 2002 have been eager to return to Nintendo’s family.
“We’ve always felt at home developing on Nintendo systems, we share the same mentality, thought process and care for our titles and properties. We’ve found working with Nintendo over these past few months exhilarating and are blown away by their plans for the Wii U™.” says Tim, whilst his brother Chris had this to say “We left Nintendo in 2002, and shortly after we realised something wasn’t right with Microsoft. We cut our losses and left Rare in early 2007. Early last year when Reggie Fils-Aime gave us a call and decided to share with us the first details of ‘Project Cafe’, as it was then known, it instantly sparked our interest. They truly have one amazing machine with the Wii U™ and we cannot wait to show the world what it can do at E3 in June.”
Tim and Chris are also joined by famed-developer and long-term friend David Doak, best known as the producer for both Goldeneye 007™ and Perfect Dark™ on the N64™ video game system.
About Phoenix Games
Founded in 2011, Phoenix Games is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nintendo Company, Ltd. We’re a state-of-the-art team working closely with our partners in Japan to bring cutting-edge games to Nintendo platforms such as the Wii U™.
Our studio is located in beautiful Henley-in-Arden, Hertfordshire. With rolling hills to the north, rivers threading through town, abundant wildlife, and a laid-back, cosmopolitan culture, Henley is a dynamic and truly wonderful place to live. With plentiful outdoor activities and a vibrant, diverse music scene, there’s something for everyone in Henley, especially if you’re a connoisseur of all things barbecue.
Our team is composed of industry veterans and leaders with decades of experience creating compelling games for the global market. Led by Tim and Chris Stamper, famous for the award-winning Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Donkey Kong Country™ series which reflect our passion, creativity, and dedication to excellence, and we’re working hard to ensure our future titles uphold the industry-leading Nintendo standard of quality.”
The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ home console, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.9 billion video games and more than 620 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi™ XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance™, Super NES™, Nintendo® 64 and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in Europe.