Nintendo’s jumping into this year’s studio acquisition frenzy. Nintendo announced it was going to acquire a long-established development partner SRD.
The studio in Tokyo is going to be bought for an undisclosed sum and will be redesigned from the first of April.
SRD helped Nintendo develop multiple games, most recently Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Switch, and Mario Kart Tour for mobile device.
The partnership between the studio and Nintendo extends back decades – to the NES days of Donkey Kong, Mario Bros.
It has also been involved in some of the most experimental projects that Nintendo’s introduced, such as last year’s Game Builder Garage and Nintendo Labo, which includes boxes.
SRD is a second studio acquisition in just over a year from Nintendo – the company not known to buy developers from any other company.
In January 2021, Nintendo announced that it would buy the 3rd level games, developed by Luigi, as a vancover-based developer, which will become the next Mario Striker.
Earlier this month, the boss of the Nintendo company, Shuntaro Furukawa told investors to not expect any acquisitions that already possess Nintendo DNA. It’s fair to say the SRD successfully passes this test.
It has been a month since Sony announced it is buying Destiny developed Bungie for $33,6 bn. That studio has already launched for the sixth time since October 2021. In January, Microsoft announced its plan to buy Activision Blizzard for a fee of 69 milliard dollars. Meanwhile, GTA and the Borderlands publisher Take-Two announced a 2.7 million dollar buyout for the mobile giant Zynga.