Nintendo European Research & Development

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Nintendo European Research & Development
Type Subsidiary of Nintendo
Founded March 2003 (Actimagine)
2008 (Mobiclip)
February 13, 2012 (NERD)
Headquarters Paris, France
Key people Alexandre Delattre, founder
Jérôme Larrieu, founder
Eric Bécourt, founder
Laurent Hiriart, founder
Sylvain Quendez, founder
André Pagnac, founder
Industry Video games
Products Video game technology, emulators
Number of people Video game technology, emulators

Nintendo European Research & Development (NERD) is a Nintendo subsidiary that develops software technology for Nintendo platforms.


Actimagine was founded in March 2003 in Paris, France by businessman Andre Pagnac and engineers Eric Bécourt, Alexandre Delattre, Laurent Hiriart, Jérôme Larrieu, and Sylvain Quendez.

They developed a video codec named Mobiclip to address the battery life and technical requirements of the Game Boy Advance and later was expanded to support the Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS, and Wii platforms, as well as on mobile phones. As Mobiclip provided high-quality video with low power consumption, it was utilized by many video game developers, phone manufacturers, and film studios.

On October 11, 2006, Adobe acquired Actimagine's Flash rendering engine optimized for mobile devices.


In 2008, Actimagine was renamed Mobiclip. On October 21, 2008, Mobiclip launched the first application that delivered live television on the iPhone.

Nintendo European Research & Development

On February 13, 2012, Nintendo acquired Mobiclip and it was renamed Nintendo European Research & Development.

In 2017, the United States branch was merged with Nintendo Technology Development.

Technology developed by Nintendo European Research & Development

Title Release Platforms Notes
Mobiclip video codec 2003 to 2013 3DS, DS, feature phones, GBA, Wii
Internet browser media player 2012 Wii U
Wii U Chat 2012 Wii U Co-developed with Nintendo Software Technology Corporation and Vidyo.
Virtual Console Nintendo DS emulator 2014 Wii U
Super-Stable 3D 2014 New Nintendo 3DS Eyetracking that improves the glasses-free 3D effect.
Virtual Console Wii digital distribution 2015 Wii U
Dedicated console emulators 2016 to 2017 NES Classic Edition, SNES Classic Edition
Nintendo Switch Online NES emulator 2018 Nintendo Switch Based on the emulator in the NES Classic Edition.
Nintendo Switch Online SNES emulator 2019 Nintendo Switch Based on the emulator in the SNES Classic Edition.
Nintendo Labo VR Kit 2019 Nintendo Switch Created in collaboration with Nintendo EAD.
Deep learning for Dr Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch 2019 Nintendo Switch
Joy-Con heart rate and pulse detection for Ring Fit Adventure . 2019 Nintendo Switch
Super Mario 3D All-Stars GameCube and Wii emulators 2020 Nintendo Switch
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit technology 2020 Nintendo Switch