Nintendo Acquires Next Level Games, Studio Behind 'Luigi's Mansion 3'

Next Level Games, the developers behind Luigi's Mansion 3 and the Super Mario Strikers games, has been acquired by Nintendo in the first big video game acquisition of 2021.

Nintendo announced the plans to acquire the Canadian-based video game studio via a press release. The company stated in the release that the acquisition will boost collaboration and secure internal development resources.

The announcement states that "a number of owner-directors recently determined that the time is right to sell their shares, and Next Level Games therefore began exploring potential sale transactions."

Nintendo's acquisition will be for 100 percent of Next Level Games' shares, but the company states that the acquisition will have only "minor effects" on its results for this current fiscal year. Nintendo states that it will begin reflecting the earnings forecast in relation to Next Level Games for the next fiscal year, which begins in October, and thereafter.

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Next Level Games was already a second-party partner of Nintendo's, and made games exclusively for the company. However, the acquisition will give more resources to Next Level Games to produce more Nintendo titles moving forward.

A price for the acquisition, which is expected to be completed on March 1, was not disclosed, but Serkan Toto of games industry consulting firm Kantan Games tweeted what the approximate number could be.

"The price is undisclosed, but the Nikkei here in Japan is reporting it is 'in the billions of yen' (1 billion yen is US$9.73 million)," Toto tweeted on Tuesday. "This wording essentially means the deal size has not reached 10 billion yen."

The price is undisclosed but the Nikkei here in Japan is reporting it is "in the billions of yen" (1 billion yen is US$9.73 million).

This wording essentially means the deal size has not reached 10 billion yen.

— Dr. Serkan Toto / Kantan Games Inc. (@serkantoto) January 5, 2021

Next Level Games is the studio behind the second and most recent Luigi's Mansion games. Luigi's Mansion 3, released in October 2019, has already sold 8 million units worldwide, eclipsing the sales of the first two games in the series.

The studio, which is located in Vancouver, is also behind the Super Mario Strikers games—both of which were for the Nintendo GameCube and Wii, respectively—and the reboot of the Punch Out! series, which landed on the Wii as well.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force was also a Next Level Games title for the Nintendo 3DS.

Fans of Next Level Games and Nintendo took the news favorably, posting on social media about their hopes for what new games will come out of this partnership. Several gamers seem particularly excited about the idea of a new entry in the Super Mario Strikers series. The soccer simulation has been a fan-favorite among all of the Mario sports games, since its debut in 2005.

"Ain't no way Nintendo out here buying Next Level Games and not making Mario Strikers for Switch!!!" wrote one user.

"Now that Nintendo owns Next Level Games, we will be getting for sure a new Mario Strikers on Nintendo Switch, right?" wrote another.

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