Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development (or EAD; formerly Research & Development Team 4) is the largest division inside Nintendo. The famed developer Shigeru Miyamoto serves as the head of the EAD studios and is credited as producer for each game released from EAD, with varying degrees of involvement. EAD is best-known for its work on games in the Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Pikmin, F-Zero and Donkey Kong franchises.

In 2004, Nintendo underwent a corporate restructuring in which Nintendo Research & Development 1 and Nintendo Research & Development 2 were merged under the EAD banner.[1] Nintendo EAD is itself split into five separate teams who work concurrently on different projects.[2]

Zelda games developed

Title Year Platform(s)
The Legend of Zelda 1987 NES
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 1987 NES
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 1992 SNES
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 1993 GB
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 1998 N64
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 2000 N64
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 2003 GCN
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures 2004 GCN
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 2006 GCN, Wii
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass 2007 NDS
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks 2009 NDS
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword 2011 Wii


  1. ^ N-Sider. Nintendo Revolution FAQ
  2. ^ Cassidy, Kevin. NCL Team Structure work in progress. 2006-06-07. Retrieved 2007-12-16.
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