A couple of decades after its release on Dreamcast, Samba de Amigo is receiving an official sequel on the Switch in the form of Samba de Amigo: Party Central. In a new interview with Nintendo Life, the series creator Shun Nakamura divulges some behind the scenes tidbits about the game’s development. When asked about what cameos he’d like to see for the game’s mascot Amigo next, Nakamura had this suggestion:

I enjoy Smash Bros., so I would like for Amigo to participate in that game as well. I think it would be interesting for Amigo to have these music-based attacks because no other character has that. Of course, I am joking!

[Shun Nakamura, Nintendo Life]

Nakamura may be joking, but Amigo’s musical attacks wouldn’t be the strangest addition to Smash Bros. Maybe he has a shot at being an assist trophy in the next entry?

Nakamura also mentioned that there was a different idea for a rhythm game using the Switch’s hardware before the team pivoted to a more traditional Samba de Amigo:

Actually, when Nintendo first showed us the Switch hardware, we thought about bringing back Samba, but we decided to change it up a bit and make something new, so we were working on another music game before the system’s launch. But for various reasons, that project didn’t work out. In that previous game, the concept was to control a large number of musical instruments, but the design, unfortunately, went in so many different directions, so it didn’t end up working out.

With this experience in mind, we decided to proceed with a Samba project instead, where we did not think about other instruments as we wanted to express something silly and enjoyable when using a single instrument. [Samba de Amigo: Party Central] also has a feature called ‘happenings’, which allows the player to enjoy various rhythm games in addition to the normal performance. I think this feature solves the problem of getting bored with playing the same instrument.

[Shun Nakamura, Nintendo Life]

We’ll have to make do with the way Samba de Amigo: Party Central turned out with its one instruments (which of course, is maracas).

Click here to read the full interview for more insight. The game will be available on Switch August 31st, 2023. You can try it for yourself today with a free demo available on the Switch eShop.

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