Rumor: Nintendo in Talks to Add More Studios to Work on Its IP

There are allegedly three teams under the microscope!

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 01/10/2024 12:28 Comment on this     ShareThis

Although Nintendo Switch in general has seen a glut of first-party software since it launched in 2017, that doesn’t mean the world couldn’t stand to have a bit more games from the House of Mario. According to Christopher Dring of, Nintendo is allegedly in the middle of seeking out fresh third-party talent to add to its roster of external creators to work on the company’s IP.  Dring says that he “[knows] of three studios that are deep in conversation around making games based on Nintendo brands.”

Which studios might Nintendo be scrutinizing? It’s an interesting question to ponder, as currently the company is already partnered with several studios of note, including Bandai Namco (which recently opened its own internal studio to take on all of its own external Nintendo projects), SEGA, and Koei Tecmo, as well as internal production houses like Retro and Next-Level Games. Who, then, could be on Nintendo’s radar?

Perhaps the answer lies beyond the pale, as Nintendo has in recent years demonstrated a willingness to go beyond the superstar developers in the industry and work with indie outfits. This was the case when Brace Yourself Games was recruited to produce a Zelda-themed take on its Crypt of the Necrodancer game, which ultimately became Cadence of Hyrule. It’s possible that whoever gets selected, if anyone, will throw fans and the industry for a bit of a loop. With series like F-Zero, Star Fox, and others long-dormant, there is plenty of room for new teams to flex their creative muscles.

All of this talk comes as fans sit in anticipation of a reveal of the successor to Switch. Although Nintendo has made no official indication of when anyone can expect to see the console, it is widely known to be in active development. Last year, there was even some scuttlebutt that dev kits were in the hands of game designers. As we transition into 2024. Switch will be seven-years old in March. When will we hear more about the future of Nintendo? That’s anyone’s guess, but we’ll continue to report as we learn more.



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