Bandai Namco has officially unveiled Studio 2 & Studio S, their game development studios created specifically to work on games as per Nintendo’s desires. These studios have been developing games for many years, including titles such as Super Smash Bros. for 3DS & WiiU, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Kart Tour, Arms, and Mario Sports Superstars for Nintendo. However, they have never had an official studio name until now.
According to information on their website, this studio consists of a team of 152 employees, with 32% being fresh graduates and 40% working in the art department. The remaining members consist of designers and programmers. Additionally, the website also lists some specific job positions, stating that Studio 2 & Studio S are currently working on a 3D action game and developing games assigned by Nintendo on both projects.
Bandai Namco frequently collaborates with Nintendo, having previously worked on games like Donkey Konga, Star Fox Assault, Mario Kart Arcade, New Pokémon Snap, and Pokkén Tournament. However, this is the first time they have given a dedicated studio name to a team working together on projects led by Nintendo, starting from the Wii U and 3DS era.
TLDR: Bandai Namco has announced the official establishment of Studio 2 & Studio S, game development studios specifically created to cater to Nintendo’s needs. These studios have been involved in the development of numerous Nintendo titles and have now been given a formal studio name. The teams consist of 152 employees, including fresh graduates, artists, designers, and programmers. This collaboration between Bandai Namco and Nintendo marks a new era of dedicated studio work on Nintendo projects.