In the latest issue of Famitsu, there's an interview with Etsunobu Ebisu, president of Good-Feel, to mark the studio's 15th anniversary.
Since its inception in 2005, Good-Feel has worked exclusively on Nintendo hardware, creating titles such as Wario Land: Shake It!, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Yoshi's Woolly World, Yoshi's Crafted World and – most recently – Monkey Barrels, its first self-published title.
In the interview, which we've had translated, Ebisu-san discusses his career and mentions that he was at his previous company for 15 years and developed 35 titles – however, as is often the case with Japanese developers, he declines to name the company itself. (Update: he worked at Konami on titles such as The Adventures of Bayou Billy, Batman Returns and several Goemon titles – thanks to Nintendo Life reader Splodge for pointing that rather vital fact out to us – he lends his name to Goemon's longstanding sidekick Ebisumaru, so we must have been half asleep to not realise that).
Ebisu-san reveals that Good-Feel is expanding by creating an Osaka office, and claims that people in Osaka are generally more "comical"; the company's next original title is being developed from this office.
The game in question – which is in the 'action' genre and is targeting launch on Switch – doesn't have an official title as yet and is only shown via storyboards and concept artwork, but we're getting major Goemon vibes from what's been shown, which isn't a shock given that Ebisu-san worked on that series while he was at Konami.
Ebisu-san explains that the Japanese setting is down to the fact that Good-Feel is based in Japan and the company understands what makes Japanese people laugh – but he adds that he "has a feeling gamers outside of Japan will like it too..."
The game is due for launch in 2021.