Japanese video game publisher Bandai Namco has launched a new development studio dedicated to developing first-party Nintendo games.
On the social media platform XAllSourceGaming and Mondo_Mega discovered and translated an announcement on the Bandai Namco Website. Bandai Namco founded a new development studio, Studio 2/Studio S, with the sole intention of developing first-party games for Nintendo. Although Studio 2/Studio S is relatively new, it enjoys previous Nintendo games that Bandai Namco has worked on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Kart Tour And Super Smash Bros Ultimate are listed in the development studio’s CV.
However, the most interesting takeaway from the founding of Studio 2/Studio S is that the studio is looking for new employees who have experience with action games. Specifically from a “side view variant”. Based on Bandai Namco’s job postings, fans are speculating about a new installment Super Smash Bros. Fighting game series. The news also comes as development progresses Mario Kart 8 on the Nintendo Switch and Mario Kart Mobile is slowing down. To top it off, speculation continues about a new Nintendo gaming console in 2024, although the company has denied news of a meeting with developers about the new hardware.
Although Bandai Namco is still a third-party company, the Japanese publisher has one of the closest relationships with Nintendo, dating back to the Wii U era. Bandai Namco’s continued relationship with the Super Smash Bros. The franchise is interesting considering the series’ director, Masahiro Sakurai, admits that he doesn’t see how the series can top its latest release. However, the normally successful partnership between Nintendo and Bandai Namco wasn’t enough to overcome the development hurdles Metroid Prime 4, is currently being retooled by original series developer Retro Studios.
As rumors of a new Nintendo console continue to grow, Bandai Namco’s announcement of its own Nintendo studio suggests it will play an important role in the development of next-generation Nintendo titles Mario Kart or Super Smash Bros. The current lineup of upcoming Nintendo Switch games primarily consists of ports or remakes, while recently released games such as The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom The withdrawal of DLC support suggests that Nintendo is already planning for its future hardware.