A Peek Behind the Curtain on Captain Toad with 1-Up Studio’s Company Recruitment Guide


Nintendo second party developers 1-UP Studio Inc. have recently shared their 2017 company recruitment guide, for use by prospective employees to better understand the company and roles on offer in anticipation for a recruitment seminar at the end of the month.

The studio was formed largely by ex-Square 2D artists and was known as Brownie Brown up until a major internal restructuring in 2013. The team worked on a number of lesser-known Nintendo published titles such as Magical Vacation and A Kappa’s Trail, as well as serving as co-developers of the critically acclaimed Mother 3. More recently, the company has entirely re-focused its efforts into serving as a co-development team for Nintendo’s first party studios, contributing to the likes of Super Mario 3D World and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

Captain Toad takes pride of place in the guide as 1-UP’s most recent release, with concept art and 3D models offering just a taste of the kind of projects potential employees could be able to work on should they get hired. Whilst perhaps not as visually impressive as Nintendo’s own recruitment guides, which serve as remarkable celebrations of the creativity its first party studios are largely known for, it’s nice to see a similar approach taken from one of their subsidiary companies, not to mention the rare glimpse of the people who make their games as good as they are.

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