The development team behind Super Mario Odyssey could be working on a new Donkey Kong game.
The report ties in with recent claims that Nintendo has brought Donkey Kong development back in-house with a view to releasing a game to coincide with the mascot’s 40th anniversary this year.
Leaker Zippo and YouTuber LonelyGoomba claimed to have heard of the project earlier this month, with the former writing: “It’s the big ape’s 40th anniversary, and while I’m not sure how Nintendo is celebrating the occasion, there is a new 2D DK game being developed by EPD Tokyo.
“Retro is obviously busy with other things, so Nintendo has taken it upon themselves to bring DK back in as internal series. Don’t expect the ‘Country’ moniker to return, as EPD Tokyo are not interested in making a sequel to games they didn’t make.
“Diddy, Cranky and the Kremling Krew should all be returning in this installment. It sounds like this game is launching before the end of the year. An E3 announcement seems very likely.”
And Nintendo is believed to be working on a Donkey Kong expansion for the recently opened Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan.