In a major bit of development news this morning, Nintendo has entered an agreement to acquire a new studio. The team in question is Next Level Games, a Canadian developer responsible for the likes of Luigi’s Mansion 3, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Super Mario Strikers and more. Once completed, the move will mean that Nintendo will own 100% of the company going forward.
It’s all set to conclude on March 1, given that there are no issues that crop up along the way. The developer has been creating Nintendo-exclusive games since 2013’s Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, while also working with them on GameCube and Wii titles. It does make sense then, even if it’s incredibly rare to see Nintendo fully acquire a new studio.
We’re interested in seeing what’s next too. Next Level Games has been quiet since 2019’s Luigi’s Mansion 3, and it’s safe to assume they’re already cooking something up. Nintendo says that the acquisition will grant the Canadian developer more access to Nintendo’s internal resources. This could lead to work on existing Nintendo IP, a continuation of the Luigi’s Mansion series or something brand new.
This has all been revealed by Nintendo Japan, where an online document discusses the deal. The doc also reveals that the acquisition will have little effect on the current fiscal year, which is no surprise as it ends this March. Expect to hear more on Next Level Games’ upcoming projects from April onwards.