Disney-owned Buena Vista Games has announced that it will open a new games development studio in the US that will be dedicated to making games for Nintendo's DS and Wii platforms.

Buena Vista opens Nintendo-only studio

Based in Salt Lake City, the outfit – called Fall Line Studio – will produce games based on Disney characters, TV shows and new IP and will be built around a focus on small-team creative projects. The studio will act as a sister to Avalanche Software, also based in Salt Lake City, which BVG acquired last year.

Scott Novis, former general manager of Rainbow Studios, will head up the team, which it is hoped will be able to create games for a wide, mass market audience.

“The opportunity to grow a new studio for Buena Vista Games after success with Rainbow is right in line with my goal to create great games for the mainstream,” said Novis “BVG has an excellent management team, a can-do corporate culture and a treasure trove of great intellectual properties that make it exciting for us to start something new.”

“This studio will be one of our centers of creative excellence and it gives us the ability to fully capitalize on our properties and expand our market share on Nintendo platforms,” added Graham Hopper, senior vice president and general manager of Buena Vista Games. “Scott Novis brings the perfect mix of team building and relevant business experience to the position of studio head for Fall Line Studio."

Of course, Buena Vista is no stranger to games development activity of late – just last month it acquired Climax’ Brighton-based Racing Studio.

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