Over the past how many years of releasing games, Nintendo has a myriad of incredible titles included in its roster, including the highly popular Mario Party series. After developer Hudson Soft released a bunch of Mario Party titles for the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo subsidiary NDcube took over and began developing for the series in 2012. NDCube was also responsible for other beloved titles such as Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics and Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival.
That being said, NDCube’s recent Mario Party releases as well as Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival may not have been as well-received as other titles, but its Clubhouse Games for the Nintendo Switch and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for mobile received praise and recognition for the way they were able to utilize simple gameplay mechanics in a fun way.
Now, interested individuals who want a chance to work on party games may have the perfect opportunity now thanks to NDCube. Twitter user Nintendo Memories recently posted a picture of the 2021 recruitment brochure for developer NDCube. The brochure comes in vibrant colors that showcase the multitude of games developed by NDCube, a majority of which are Mario Party titles.
However, there’s a noticeable mystery game included in the list, which seemingly indicates that the developer is working on a new game. If you translate the blurb, it reportedly states “let’s make a new game together!”
— Nintendo Memories (@NintendoMemo) January 7, 2021
Even though there’s not a lot of information included in the brochure, it’s quite clear to see that the brochure is focused on recruiting people for the development of a brand-new title. Based on the shape of the mystery game on the brochure, it looks like it’s going to be a Nintendo Switch title.
Of course, it would make sense that NDCube wouldn’t be developing a game for a console that has already been phased out, but it does give us the idea that the new game will most likely be for the Nintendo Switch and not for mobile platforms. In addition to that, we also speculate that the new game is going to be another party game since most of NDCube’s portfolio of titles is under that genre.
One possibility is that Nintendo’s subsidiary is working on a new title and then incorporating everything it has learned from its previous Mario Party game for the Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Party. Super Mario Party garnered a mix of both positive and negative reviews mostly because players felt like there weren’t enough content and game boards. Although, it’s worth noting that many players enjoyed its offer of mini-games.
That being said, if you dig up NDCube’s past and check out its other games prior to Mario Party, the developer previously worked on F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (2001) for the Game Boy Advance. Even though it would be strange if the mystery game will be an F-Zero one, it also can’t be denied that this series, in particular, has been gaining attention as of late.
We can’t say for sure what developer NDCube has planned. It could be a new Mario Party game or some kind of revival for F-Zero, but for now, we’ll just have to wait and see.