For much of their existence, Good Feel have existed as an independent company that works exclusively with Nintendo on games for their platform, some involving Nintendo IP like Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Yoshi’s Woolly World and Yoshi’s Crafted World. As an independent company, however, the team at Good Feel have the ability to release their own self-published, and they did this for the first time last year with the release of Monkey Barrels on Nintendo Switch. In an interview with Famitsu discussing the Good Feel’s 15th anniversary, details on a new ‘comical action’ self-published game from the company were also revealed.
In the interview president of Good Feel Etsunobu Ebisu discusses how the company has grown over the last 15 year and the pressure felt by the team developing and releasing Monkey Barrels as the company’s first self-published title. While there was a level of pressure, they did appreciate the direct communication and feedback from customers. He also noted a desire to release more original titles in the future, which is why the company’s newly-opened Osaka office’s first title will be an original title, with Osaka itself influencing the development of the title.
‘I’m originally from Osaka. I got a job in the game’s industry and had working experience in both Tokyo and Osaka, but I’ve been wondering ‘is there a title that can only be made in Osaka?’
This is the consideration for making a comical action game that, based on the previewed concept art, bears at least some resemblance to the Goemon series Etsunobu Ebisu previously worked on at Konami. Osaka people are generally funnier according to Ebisu in Famitsu, which is at least somewhat influential in the reason the game is being developed at the new Osaka Good Feel studio. Although the game has heavy ties to Japanese culture, Ebisu also hopes that the game will appeal to people worldwide.
As for when the game will release, Good Feel hope to release the title and provide more information on the title in 2021, so until then, we’ll have to be satisfied with the tantalizing concept art. With a mix of platform ing and top down action and engaging artwork, however, it looks like it could be worth the wait.
You can read the full interview with Good Feel president Etsunobu Ebisu in the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu.