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Bill Trinen is a longtime translator at Nintendo.
He has worked on the translation for many of Nintendo's biggest titles of all time, from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time to Super Mario Galaxy and almost everything in between. From heavy RPGs like Animal Crossing, Super Paper Mario or The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, to lighter fare like Drill Dozer on the Game Boy Advance and Mario Kart DS.
Bill Trinen is most commonly known as the personal translator for Nintendo's mastermind game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Mario, the Wii Remote, the D-Pad, the N64 controller, Pikmin, Mario Kart, Wii Fit, Wii Music, etc.).
Working in that capacity, he often appears beside Miyamoto at press events, tradeshows, roundtables and interviews, doing the translating into English of Miyamoto's words directly after Miyamoto speaks in Japanese.
He has appeared on stage with Miyamoto at numerous E3 events and during numerous major E3 announcements. Almost always as a translator, but he has often taken the stage himself to talk about specific games or to appear directly before Miyamoto. He also appeares to demo certain games like Pac-Man VS. during E3.
Bill Trinen was hired by Nintendo full time to be the head of their localization department after he proved his worth by translating debug reports on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Trinen is white and not Japanese, but he worked and lived in Japan for many years and knows the language fluently in both speaking and written. He first started studying Japanese when he was in High School and later moved there. He lived for a long while in Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan.
In addition to translating, he also works as an adviser at Nintendo, helping them to better understand the West and pointing out cool features as part of both focus group testing, marketing and Public Relations. Overall, he is a valuable member of Nintendo's team and has become a beloved personality over the years.