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Nintendo Shiver Entertainment acquisition

Nintendo has acquired Shiver Entertainment, the company just announced.

While Shiver worked on Scribblenauts Showdown, it’s largely known for its porting work. The studio previously helped to bring Scribblenauts Mega Pack, Mortal Kombat 1, Mortal Kombat 11, and Hogwarts Legacy to Switch.

Nintendo is making the acquisition from Embracer. Embracer previously picked up Shiver at the end of 2021.

Mortal Kombat is finally back on Nintendo platforms with the release of Mortal Kombat 11 on Switch. See how the game stacks up on Nintendo’s console in comparison to the PlayStation 4 version below.

Mortal Kombat 11 might be one of the more surprising third-party Switch announcements in recent memory. The series has been absent on Nintendo platforms for well over a decade, as Armageddon came to Wii back in 2007.

Mortal Kombat 11 producer Trevor Traub was recently asked about the Switch version, to which he stated:

Warner Bros. appears to be readying Scribblenauts Mega Pack for Switch. That’s based on a new rating from Taiwan, which lists Shiver Entertainment as the developer.

Scribblenauts Showdown released on Switch earlier in the year, but it was not entirely well-received. It went for a more party-centric aspect, and had less of a focus on the puzzle gameplay the series was known for in which you solve situations in various ways by coming up with ideas through different words.

It’s not entirely clear what Scribblenauts Mega Pack is at present. However, one possibility is a collection of previous titles in the franchise.

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Scribblenauts Showdown only just came out this month. Despite that, the game has been given a significant discount. You can nab it for $19.99 on both Amazon and GameStop (regularly $39.99).

Today’s discount comes as part of a new “Play Days Sale” over at GameStop. You can find the full lineup of deals here.

GameSpot has a look at Scribblenauts Showdown on Switch with the first actual gameplay. Check out the video below for footage.

Warner Bros. finally made Scribblenauts Showdown official this week. It’s the first entry in the franchise since A DC Comics Adventure, which saw Wii U and 3DS versions back in 2013.

When Scribblenauts Showdown was first leaked via a classification in Taiwan, series creator 5th Cell was listed as the developer for this title as well. However, it turns out that a different company entirely is working on the game.

Scribblenauts Showdown is being developed by Shiver Entertainment, a studio led by Zynga COO John Schappert and EA Tiburon co-founder Jason Anderson. Since 5th Cell suffered layoffs in 2016 and Scribblenauts: Fighting Words was cancelled for mobile, they haven’t done much since. It makes sense then that a new developer has been tasked with handling the franchise.


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