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Nintendo-owned developer Retro Studios (Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze) is looking for an engineer with some 3D graphics chops to join the team at Retro's Austin, Texas office.

July 27, 2015

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Graphics EngineerRetro Studios - Nintendo

Location: Austin, Texas

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.

Purpose/Summary: Individual contributor that develops, writes and debugs code for video game software and tools with a specific focus on gameplay programming for player, camera, gimmicks and various other game-play systems as required. 

Essential Duties

  • Designs, develops, writes, tests, and implements shaders in HLSL and GLSL

  • Implements and researches advanced lighting techniques both for precomputed and real-time rendering

  • Works with visual effects artists to research and implement new advanced visual effects methodologies

  • Works directly with Environment, Character, and Technical Artists to implement new stylized rendering techniques

  • Implements surface parameterization and texture atlasing for efficient use in real-time rendering

  • Generally responsible for larger systems with others contributing

  • Documents and gathers requirements from users for software to be implemented

  • Documents and trains other engineers and content creators on the use of system for which he has responsibility

  • Works with other engineers to formulate solutions to problems that either he or they may implement

  • Identifies and proposes solutions on long-term scale – participates in road-map development

  • Participates in providing feedback for the work of other Engineers

  • Establishes domain expertise in two or more specializations 

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. 


  • Strong understanding of visual perception and physics

  • Experience with Image Processing techniques, including statistical analysis

  • Prior experience writing code for video games required 

  • 5+ years’ experience

  • Effective organization, analytical and problem solving skills

  • Proficiency with 3D graphics techniques and algorithms and their applications in computer simulation and video game software

  • Understanding of core systems such as memory allocators and file systems

  • Background in object-oriented design and software engineering methodologies

  • Industrial experience in programming languages, such as C/C++, C#

  • Strong math and physics skills

  • Experience with particle rendering and techniques a plus


  • Undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field required, or specific experience video game programming.

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