Nintendo is about to buy its second close ally in as many years. Eurogamer reports Nintendo is acquire SRD, one of its longest-serving game development partners. SRD has worked with Nintendo since the NES era and more recently has helped on Switch hits like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. In that light, it’s almost surprising that Nintendo didn’t buy SRD sooner.
The purchases are expected to close on April 1st. Nintendo hasn’t said how much it paid for SRD, but the development house will become a wholly owned subsidiary. The company bought Luigi’s mansion Creator Next Level Games in January 2021.
This isn’t as aggressive a move as Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard or Sony’s acquisition of Bungie. Not that Nintendo is concerned, mind you. Company President Shuntaro Furukawa said recently Investors shouldn’t expect buys from studios that lack the “Nintendo DNA,” and the Switch is still a big seller. Nintendo just isn’t in a hurry to snag developers, and this seems mostly focused on bringing in partners while the company is awash with cash.
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