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Nintendo Purchases Next Level Games

It’s not too often we hear about Nintendo outright acquiring another company, but they are in the process of purchasing Next Level Games. The development studio has pretty much been working exclusively with Nintendo in recent years, creating games like Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Switch), Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS), and Metroid Prime: Federation Force (3DS). In the past they’ve also developed Punch-Out!! for the Wii as well as Super Mario Strikers for the GameCube. We’re looking forward to what they’re working on next!



Next Level Games is a video game development company based in Vancouver, Canada which has nearly two decades of experience creating video games for various console platforms. More recently, Next Level Games has worked exclusively with Nintendo in developing software titles for the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch systems, including titles in the critically acclaimed Luigi’s Mansion series of video games.

Next Level Games’s shares are currently held entirely by its owner-directors and employees. A number of owner-directors recently determined that the time is right for them to sell their shares, and Next Level Games therefore began exploring potential sale transactions. Completion of the Acquisition will serve to secure the availability of Next Level Games development resources for Nintendo, including development expertise, as well as facilitate an anticipated improvement in development speed and quality by enabling closer communication and exchange of staff with the Nintendo development team.

The Acquisition is expected to close on March 1, 2021, pending satisfaction of all relevant terms and conditions, including shareholders’ approval, regulatory approval under the Investment Canada Act and other customary closing conditions.


[Source: Gematsu]


Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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