Bandai Namco have announced the formation of a new studio entitled Studio 2 and Studio S which will focus on development for Nintendo titles. Their website, which is only in Japanese and will be linked below, cites their work on the ARMS, Mario Kart, and Super Smash Bros. series.

Bandai Namco has been one of Nintendo’s biggest developmental supporters of the Switch era. With big moneymaking series like Mario Kart and Smash in their repertoire it makes sense why Bandai Namco would want to commit so fully to Nintendo.

This undoubtedly fuels speculation for future Mario Kart and Smash Bros. titles given that both games have finished their DLC support but we will just have to wait and see.

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7M ago

Well this is interesting. Very so. Hope it's a bit more than Smash Bros Ultimate Ultimate edition for Switch 2, but I guess muktiple projects can be done too.


7M ago

This is basically a brand new Nintendo development studio which is awesome.

I hope they go back and add previous developed Nintendo titles like Pokken, Donkey Konga series, New Pokemon Snap, Mario Baseball series, and Star Fox Assault to their history as well.


7M ago

How did they help in those games if epd was the main ones developing them?


7M ago


Although they are the main ones they often outsource because workload is too much or because they shift to another project. Oftentimes they also only produce or direct and the work itself is done by other studios.


7M ago


I can only speak in terms of Mario Kart but I would guess EPD turned to BN as they were the developers for the two arcade Mario Kart games so they would have some experience in the series.