Senior Designer (Retro Studios)

Posted 09 Apr 2020

Nintendo of America Inc.

Austin IT Jobs (Media & Creative Jobs)

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 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.


Design, own, and champion engaging gameplay features in a highly iterative environment.
Plan out thoughtful and intentional player experiences at both macro and micro levels.
Use proprietary toolset to design, build, script, integrate, and optimize game environments.
Drive small strike teams to achieve a variety of design goals.
Provide constructive feedback on features, environments, and processes.
Evaluate and implement design feedback from all relevant sources.
Write and illustrate clear design documentation.
Collaborate with other departments to ensure content meets established goals and parameters.
Help set, prioritize, and communicate goals for the development team.
Provide mentorship to other designers and team members.
Foster a highly positive team culture by building consensus and using collaborative approaches to conflict resolution.

*This job description outlines primary duties and requirements and is not intended to identify all tasks that may be performed; individuals occupying the position may be required to perform other duties. The company may modify job duties from time to time, either in practice or in writing.


Senior-level experience with level design preferred.
A minimum of 5+ years of experience in game design, including senior or lead design experience on a shipped 3D action adventure title.
Extensive knowledge of environment, system and game mechanics design.
A working knowledge of standard industry game engines, design toolsets and production pipelines.
Willingness to be open and flexible when collaborating with others to achieve a design.
Rigorous and iterative design and ideation methodology.
Strong composition, narrative and environmental storytelling skills.
Strong organizational, communication and influencing skills.
A passion for Nintendo and Retro titles preferred.
Skill with Illustrator, Photoshop and Maya preferred.
Examples of prior work must be available upon request.

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