Nintendo Acquires Canadian Studio Behind Luigi’s Mansion 3

Nintendo has announced that it will acquire Next Level Games, the developer of Luigi’s Mansion 3 in Canada.

Platform holders will acquire all outstanding shares owned by the developer’s directors and employees, except to be completed on March 1, 2021.

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Next Level Games has been working on several Nintendo franchises for the past 15 years, including Mario Strikers Charged, Punch Out !!, Metroid Prime Federation Force, Luigi’s Mansion 2 and 3.

The developers have been devoted to Nintendo games for 10 years. The last release on the rival console platform was Captain America 2011: Super Solider for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

In 2019, we released the acclaimed Luigi’s Mansion 3. It sold about 8 million copies in the first year. This far exceeds Nintendo’s other major 2019 releases, Super Mario Maker 2 (5.5m) and The Legend of Zelda Link Awakening (4.4m).

Nintendo said in a statement: “The completion of the acquisition not only ensures the availability of Nintendo’s NLG development resources, including development expertise, but also the Nintendo development team.”

Next Level is Nintendo’s roster of North American studios, joining Metroid Prime and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze developer Retro Studios.

Ampere Analysis analyst Piers Harding-Rolls said the acquisition of Next Level Games was Nintendo’s first acquisition since the acquisition of Monolith Soft (Xenoblade) in 2007.

“There is a background to the increase in game M & A, but this does not mean a change in Nintendo’s strategy, but a response to NLG seeking buyers,” he writes.

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