Nintendo is buying its long-time Canadian partner Next Level Games


Next Level Games, developers of Super Mario Strikers and two Luigi’s Mansion games, are about to be purchased by Nintendo

For years, Next Level Games was one of the few western developers that Nintendo was willing to work with. The Canadian company earned the respect of the Japanese with the success of Super Mario Strikers and Mario Strikers Charged, allowing them to make the acclaimed reboot of Punch-Out! for the Nintendo Wii. After that, both companies parted ways for a time until Nintendo found the perfect role for NLG: the new developers at Luigi’s Mansion.

And it seems that they have fulfilled their role successfully, since Nintendo is about to buy them.

It is not confirmed yet, but Nintendo has already announced its plans to buy the company. As a result, several investors announced that they would sell their shares and Next Level Games announced that they would be exploring possible transactions to finalize the sale. Due to all the strict methodology that a case like this requires, don’t expect it to be completed until March 1st. It would be very difficult for this acquisition to fall apart now that both parties have communicated their intention to complete the sale. It’s just a matter of waiting before making it official.

This can mean many things, but what seems concrete is that Luigi’s Mansion will receive more deliveries. The third installment sold seven million units, which is nothing to ignore. Moving such a massive amount of units is what must have piqued Nintendo’s interest or perhaps made them decide on something they must have thought about for years. Maybe Mario Strikers can come back after a long, long absence.


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