Nintendo Seal of Quality becomes Mario Club

The famous Nintendo Seal of Quality is being given its own office, with Nintendo aiming to improve the quality of its first party games by splitting quality control off into its own branch. The new division is called Mario Club and its job is to make sure that Nintendo games reach a certain standard with extensive playtesting and bug hunting.

Contract employees will become full-time Mario Club employees and work conditions for quality testers will apparently improve quite a bit. Games published by Nintendo’s Japanese arm will now get a higher level of service and, hopefully, will be even better than they already tend to be. 

That’s actually a really cool move, and I’m impressed by Nintendo’s commitment to quality in this instance. Now if it could just enforce the same standards on all those third parties gunking the Wii up with their shovelware crap.

Jim Sterling