Bandai Namco has officially formalised a team that has been working with Nintendo for years to help with their in-house projects like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros Ultimate. The official announcement was made on their website on November 14 with further details regarding the team being published.
Bandai Namco’s official statement reads;
“Bandai Namco Studio 2 & Studio S has been a studio specialising in contracted development projects. We have cooperated in the development of many world-class titles, such as Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Mario Kart Tour.”
Due to this ongoing successful partnership with Nintendo, it was only logical to mobilize the team formally to handle projects of a bigger scale better as Nintendo also prepares for the next generation of Switch. The studio while has a confusing name, was equipped to work on games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe which is currently the highest-selling Nintendo Switch title with around 57 million copies sold. The studio also worked on Nintendo’s esports hit Super Smash Bros which received critical acclaim from both fans and critics. It sold 32 million copies. The studio currently has 152 employees of whom around 40% are artists, and the rest of the team is built of designers and programmers. The studio also contains a healthy percentage of new graduates which comes around to 32%.
Nintendo recently released Super Mario RPG, a remake of their 1996 action-adventure game. Super Mario Wonder which was released the previous month has already sold more than 5 million copies and currently holds a 92 on Metacritic. Check out our review of the game.