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Company Name:
Retro Studios - Nintendo
Austin, Texas
United States
Job Type:
Position type:
Full Time
Experience Level:
Bachelor's Degree

Tools Engineer

Retro Studios

Founded in 1998, Retro Studios is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nintendo Company, Ltd. Retro is a state-of-the-art game development studio, working in conjunction with Nintendo to bring award-winning games to Nintendo's cutting-edge next-generation platforms. Retro Studios is located in beautiful Austin, Texas. With rolling hills, scenic waterways, abundant wildlife, vibrant music and film scenes, and a laid-back cosmopolitan culture, Austin is a dynamic city with an excellent quality of life. Austin's sunny weather also supports a great range of outdoor activities, providing plenty of venues for top-notch game developers to recharge and unwind.

Description of Duties:

  • Tools Engineers are responsible for developing, maintaining and supporting the proprietary Windows PC applications and libraries necessary for the creation of Retro Studios' games.
  • Additionally, they are expected to identify and propose solutions for content creation bottlenecks.
  • Tools Engineers are still members of the main Engineering Team and are expected to work on the current project as necessary to meet studio commitments.
  • Experienced in development of applications, libraries and plugins for game content creation.
  • Works with tool users and other engineers to determine tool requirements, then implements, documents, maintains and improves these tools.
  • Participates in creating standards, frameworks and libraries for internal tools.
  • Periodically performs technical review of current tools to identify deficiencies.
  • Periodically reviews new technologies for possible use by the team.

Summary of Requirements:

  • C++, C#, .NET API, WPF, event-based programming, application programming, multi-threaded programming.
  • Experience with one or more of the following: SQL, WCF, C#/C++ interop, Maya API/MEL.
  • Prior experience developing Windows applications and tools in C# using the .NET API required. Prior experience developing applications in C++ required.
  • Effective organization, communication, analysis and problem solving skills required.
  • Background in object-oriented design, event-based and multi-threaded programming and PC application engineering methodologies required.
  • Perforce administration, SQL, WCF, C#/C++ interop, Maya API/MEL, JavaScript, Python, game content tool development desired.
  • 1-5 years' experience in game tools or related industry preferred. Prior experience developing video game tools preferred.
  • Perforce, SQL, WCF, multi-threaded programming, C#/C++ interop, Maya API, JavaScript, Python, and Maya/MEL experience preferred.


  • Undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field required, or equivalent experience.

** Applications and resumes will only be accepted through Nintendo's website (click on the word to apply) as we no longer accept paper, faxed, or emailed resumes.

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