With the excellent Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle launching on Switch last year, as well as the upcoming Starlink: Battle for Atlas that is set to feature Star Fox's Fox McCloud and his trusty Arwing, it's clear that Nintendo has been rather open to other studios' ideas surrounding its franchises and property. Luckily for us, it seems that more crossover projects could well be in the pipeline.
Speaking to Waypoint, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé has spoken about Nintendo's relationship with external development partners. When asked about the possibility of more collaborations appearing in the future, Reggie talked about Nintendo's "rich history" of partnerships and how the company is "always having those types of conversations".
"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 conversations are always ongoing with other studios, it's possible that several crossover projects could be in development as we speak. Of course, Ubisoft has become a great partner in recent years with the two titles mentioned above, and Bandai Namco has had 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.
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