I’m sure it’s really not a surprise, but for those of you who haven’t caught the March issue of Game Developer, they had a feature on the Top 50 developers in the industry, and Nintendo made the #1 spot.

The list was compiled from a variety of sources, ranging from opinion surveys on their sister website, Gamesutra, US, UK and Japanese sales charts and average review scores on Metacritic, for games released in 2007.

Besides Nintendo taking home the #1 spot, some more Nintendo-related devs made the list. Retro Studios (of Metroid Prime fame) made #43, Nintendo EAD Tokyo (Super Mario Galaxy) made #23, Hudson Soft (Mario Party) made #19, and Game Freak (Pokemon) made #17.

Curiously enough, Phantom Hourglass was never mentioned in Nintendo’s list of achievements, despite all the awards it won last year. The reasoning behind Nintendo making #1 had more to do with their mastery of the casual games market, a field of games that for those of you that know me, know I absolutely despise. Ah well.

For those of you who lack a subscription to Game Developer, you can pick up the March issue as a $4 digital download on their web site.

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