Almost half of the people that worked on Animal Crossing: New Leaf are women. When its director Aya Kyogoku started with Nintendo in 2003, she was the only female game designer there. A decade later and that's no longer the case.
Both she and New Leaf producer (and original Animal Crossing director) Katsuya Eguchi credited the series' success on the diversity of teams making them in a GDC postmortem. When Eguchi was leading the first game, he made a point to compile a team with people "from various backgrounds and with various life experiences."
With more women at Nintendo, Kyogoku had an even more diverse staff. "Diversity in the development team contributed to diversity in the content," they concurred. New Leaf has sold 7.38 million units worldwide -- more than award juggernaut The Last of Us. Maybe they're onto something.... read more