Nintendo buys Next Level Games, the Canadian developer studio responsible for such important titles as ‘Luigi’s Mansion 3’. Like Microsoft or Sony, who have been buying game studios, the company made a move by purchasing one of its allies in 2021.
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Nintendo buys Next Level Games
Next Level Games, based in Vancouver, is a developer studio that already worked exclusively for Nintendo. Now, the company ensures that these developers continue working for the company and is reinforced to “ensure internal development and enhance collaboration.”
Titles such as ‘Luigi’s Mansion 2’ and ‘Luigi’s Mansion 3’ have been the company’s biggest hits, but Next Level Games is also behind ‘Mario Strikes’, ‘Punch-Out!’ for the Wii or the ‘Metroid Prime: Federation Force’ for Nintendo 3DS.
With 50 employees, founded in 2002, the Canadian studio will take a step forward towards Nintendo and strengthen the catalog of the company. For the moment, no details have been disclosed regarding the amount of the acquisition, but they do explain that 100% of the company will become part of the company and the agreement will be formalized as of March 1st, 2021.
Nintendo buys Next Level Games. The movement is part of a bet by the big video game companies on independent studios. In 2019, Sony bought Insomniac Games, responsible for the successful ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’ from PS4. In September 2020, Microsoft made a move with the purchase of Bethesda. Now the Japanese company makes a more modest acquisition, but taking into account the excellent quality of ‘Luigi’s Mansion’, it is undoubtedly good news for console gaming fans.