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Submitted by mrbojingles 287d ago | news

Super Mario 3D World was made by only 100 people

Nintendo has revealed that no more than 100 people worked on Super Mario 3D World. (Super Mario 3D World, Wii U)

dotwithshoes  +   288d ago
hundreds of developers... something tells me that word doesn't mean what you think it does.
_QQ_  +   288d ago
Monolith Soft is roughly a 110 is a person development team and Retro is about 150 right now. Nintendo has small teams making BIG games.
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WeAreLegion  +   287d ago
I wouldn't say BIG games. These are all very fun games, but none of them would take near as much work as something like Assassin's Creed IV or The Last of Us. Still, I am incredibly excited for Super Mario 3D World. I have a lot of faith in this development team.
_QQ_  +   287d ago
When i say Big i am more referring to quality than scope, although Xenoblade was huge and X looks to be even bigger. Of course this is my opinion but i prefer Metroid prime trilogy and Xenoblade over the games you mentioned.
Ol_G  +   287d ago
that's actually quite impressive it probably comes down to years of experience
ChickeyCantor  +   287d ago
Eh, 100 people are a lot. You shouldn't underestimate the manpower it delivers. Assuming you think this is a small team.
Ol_G  +   287d ago
well in comparison gta5's team was more than 1000 people
ChickeyCantor  +   287d ago
I'm pretty sure 1000 people did not work at the same time though. People got swapped in and out as well. Production was over a couple of years, right?

Either way a team of 100 is a lot. And easily rockets production into the millions.
Neonridr  +   287d ago
yes but while you said 1000 people didn't work on GTA V at the same time the article also states that 100 people didn't work on Mario 3D World at the same time, that was at its maximum (towards the end of development). 40-50 is what the regular team size was for a lot of the development.
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ChickeyCantor  +   287d ago
Neon,

I didn't dispute that. I was referring to his "years of experience" for them able to pull it off with "just" 100 people.

I was simply pointing out that 100 developers is a lot of manpower. Too much even if they all worked on that mario title.
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RPG_Lover  +   287d ago
impressive
DoggyBiscuit  +   287d ago
Im sorry but Nintendo need a bigger team 100 ppl to make Mario 3D World really this is why ZeldaU is not coming out anytime soon
deafdani  +   287d ago
You apparently aren't aware that Nintendo has several teams appointed to make different game franchises. The team making Mario games isn't necessarily the same team making Zelda games.

As of right now, we know absolutely jack shit about the Wii U Zelda game. Nintendo could have 200 people working on it as far as we know, or just 20.

I really don't know how you came to this conclusion about Zelda U not coming out anytime soon.

The only reason it'll be a while before we see the next home console Zelda is because Nintendo ALWAYS take their sweet time making Zelda games, with development times of around 4 or 5 years. The last one was Skyward Sword in 2011, so I expect Zelda Wii U to come out in... who knows, probably 2015.
WeAreLegion  +   287d ago
Exactly. There are many teams within Nintendo. This is currently my favorite though, followed very closely by Retro. I hope we see a new Metroid Prime!
HardcoreDaBoss  +   287d ago
I Have to agree. I love nintendo but seriously if they increased staff they would be pumping out games non stop.
JackieCruise69  +   287d ago
Wow, the game looks amazing, so kudos to those 100.
Axonometri  +   287d ago
Only? 100 is massive. It's an indi-world comparison. I'm not knocking NSMBW at all, but look what 5-10 ppl can pull off from an indie house.
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WeAreLegion  +   287d ago
Or just Notch, by himself for awhile...
WeAreLegion  +   287d ago
Only 100? That's a lot of people. Most teams aren't that big. Very excited for this game though.
gpturbo81  +   287d ago
its easier to be on the same page with less people

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