Henry: Nintendo publishes enough games that it employs a vast number of developers, and based on past performance, I’d say EAD Tokyo is currently Nintendo’s strongest internal team. Both Super Mario Galaxy games were the best titles on the Wii, and 3D Land is easily one of the top 3DS games. And who served as project director and/or producer for those games, as well as Super Mario Sunshine? Koichi Hayashida and Yoshiaki Koizumi, the two men heading up 3D World. As far as I can tell, the talent is still there at EAD Tokyo, and until those guys ship a lesser game, that goes a long way with me.
Dave: It’s true that EAD are Nintendo’s absolute top-flight developer, but past results don’t interest me when we’re talking about a new, different game here. I’d rather appraise any game in real, concrete terms based on what it actually brings to the table. I’m not saying that I don’t have faith in EAD. I absolutely do. But simply saying “these guys made some other good stuff, so this will be great too” is speculation, not an argument about the objective quality of the actual game in question. Platinum Games are brilliant, but let’s face it, MadWorld is hardly in the same league as Bayonetta, and Shadows of the Damned is no Resident Evil 4. Also, Super Mario Sunshine was a massive let-down.