Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aimé Hints at Potential Future Crossovers with Other Studios
When speaking to Waypoint, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé told them about Nintendo’s crossovers with external development partners. When asked about the possibility of more collaborations appearing in the future, Reggie talked about Nintendo’s history of partnerships and how the company is “always having those types of conversations”.
Reggie said to Waypoint:
“Nintendo has a rich history of partnering with other companies whether it’s work we’ve done with Activision back with Skylanders and the access we gave them to some of our intellectual property. You’ve had Link show up in various fighting games in the past. I mean just look at Smash Bros. and the help that Mr. Sakurai is getting in the creation of that game.”
“And so we have a legacy of working with partners. In the end though these relationships are based on a number of factors. One is a strong understanding of us as a company and the ways that we like to do business. Second is a strong understanding of the intellectual property that we might be talking about how that might be used. And then third, a mentality of, you know, how does one plus one become something big. We want to do things that are big. And I’m not going to, I’m not going to break news per se, but we’re always having those types of conversations.”
If these conversations are indeed ongoing with other studios, it’s possible that several crossover projects could be in development right now. Of course, Ubisoft has become a great partner in recent years with Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle launching on Switch last year, as well as the upcoming Starlink: Battle for Atlas, and Bandai Namco has a big role in the development of the latest Super Smash Bros. titles, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see these studios take on more projects in the future.