In the past few months, Microsoft has mainly drawn attention to itself through the purchases of various development studios, but now you can also hear from Nintendo in this regard. The studio responsible for Luigi’s Mansion 3 has now been bought.
While Microsoft is currently buying one studio after the other to strengthen its own first-party line-up, Nintendo has not heard anything about this. The impressions really do not deceive, because Nintendo actually bought an external studio for the last time in 2007; At that time it was Monolith Soft.
After well over a decade, it’s that time again: As an investor report shows, Nintendo has now incorporated the developer studio Next Level Games. This is the studio that was last responsible for Luigi’s Mansion 3 on the Switch.
The report said the deal should be finalized by March 1, 2021. The studio, based in Vancouver, Canada, had worked with Nintendo on several occasions in the past. In addition to Luigi’s Mansion 3, there were also Super Mario Strikers, Metroid Prime: Federation Force and Punch Out! for the Wii to the titles of the developer based on Nintendo IP.
However, Next Level Games has not been exclusively active for Nintendo until now. Among other things, one developed for Activision Transformers: Cybertron Adventure or worked together with Ubisoft on the 2010 edition of Ghost Recon. They have also cooperated with SEGA in the past – but in the future, such external cooperations should now be for Next Level Games.
Nintendo will then have a second development studio in North America; otherwise only Retro Studios within the group is located there.