Nintendo of America confirms contractor layoffs & full-time employee promotions at testing center

Nintendo is parting with some of its contracted testers and promoting others to full-time employees.

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As the industry waits for news surrounding Nintendo’s long-rumored Switch successor, there’s been a bit of a reshuffling at the company’s Washington, USA office. Nintendo of America has confirmed reports that it laid off some of its contracted testers and converted others to full-time employees.

The news comes from a Kotaku report, as a Nintendo spokesperson confirmed the information in a statement to the publication. The Nintendo spokesperson provided the following statement.

This of course comes as Nintendo is widely considered to be working on its successor to the Switch. Most recently the console was rumored to have been quietly delayed from Fall 2024 to an early 2025 release window. Nintendo has yet to confirm the existence of a new Switch console or a release window for it. Stick with Shacknews for the latest Nintendo news.

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      March 27, 2024 12:19 PM

      Damn, I was just commenting the other day that Nintendo seemed to be the sole developer that wasn't in the news cycle for gutting people.

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        March 27, 2024 1:32 PM

        read the article

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          March 27, 2024 1:57 PM

          Ahh literally read that backwards along with full time employees.

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        March 27, 2024 1:40 PM

        This sounds more like actually paying for full time people rather than contracting out work. That's a pro-worker move in my book.

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        March 27, 2024 1:49 PM

        japan is way more collectivist, even firing people is rare over there. they try to make ppl succeed in other roles before possibly canning

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          March 27, 2024 1:51 PM

          Unless you're Konami. Then they look for punishments worse than firing.

          Castlevania 3's director was sent to the pachinko factory assembly line after it under performed.

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          March 27, 2024 3:05 PM

          but that's so inefficient. what would the free market think

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        March 27, 2024 1:50 PM

        "...and full-time employee promotions"

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        March 27, 2024 3:03 PM

        That's the home office in Japan. NOA is an American company

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