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Nintendo Japan Talks ‘Low’ Proportion of Female Hardware Devs

"We will announce more details as soon as we are ready". When I had chances to look at other development companies in Europe and the United States, they give the impression that they're overwhelmingly male-dominated. I think that it is a very good workplace where women can participate actively and find satisfaction in their work.

Ko Shioto, another Senior Executive Officer at Nintendo, followed this up by acknowledging that Nintendo has significantly fewer women in hardware development than software.

"This is a common issue in Japan that there is not a high percentage of female workers in engineering professions like hardware development and systems development", Shiota said. Compared to companies like that, Nintendo has a lot of female developers energetically working.

Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo's representative director and fellow, noted that the director of the "Animal Crossing" series, a popular IP for Nintendo, is a woman. Then the Switch launched in 2017, and though it fills mostly the same goal as the 3DS, Nintendo has stated many times that it will continue to offer the 3DS as something of an entry-level console for those who may be new to gaming.

As Nintendo continues to push sales of its Switch console and software, perhaps it will consider pushing for hiring more female developers.

Shiota, still, had a hopeful perspective to share for the future of Nintendo. One possible explanation? There's a "very high" number of women employed at the company, Nintendo says - although they haven't offered statistics.

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