Nintendo Buys Creator of Luigi’s Mansion 3, Next Level Games

Likely owing to the strong performance of Green Stache’s latest adventure.

By Achi Ikeda. Posted 01/11/2021 19:22 Comment on this     ShareThis

Next Level Games, the developer that created Luigi’s Mansion 3, have been acquired by Nintendo. The company launched in 2002 and has been making games exclusively for Nintendo since 2014. Other titles developed by Next Level Games include Luigi’s Manion: Dark Moon, Metroid Prime: Federation Force,¬†and Punch-Out!! for the Wii. This means that the developers is now a subsidiary company to Nintendo. Any other terms for the studio have yet to be announced. The change will officially occur on March 1, 2021.

This move is unusual for Nintendo. AlphaDream, the game studio that developed the Mario & Luigi series, unfortunately went bankrupt without acquisition from Nintendo back in 2019, and Level-5, creators of the Professor Layton series, recently shut down localization in the US. The last studio to be acquired by Nintendo was Xenoblade Chronicles developer Monolith Sloth back in 2007.

Likely, Luigi’s Mansion 3‘s high sales and reviews spurred Nintendo’s decision. The game was the fastest-selling Switch game of 2019, outperforming The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and won best family game at the 2019 Game Awards.

Source: MSN GeekWire

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