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The Nintendo family is getting a little bigger, as the company has announced the acquisition of Vancouver-based developer Next Level Games.

The company has entered an agreement to acquire 100 percent of Next Level Games’ outstanding shares, making it a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nintendo.

The deal is expected to close on March 1st, 2021.

Established in 2002, Next Level Games has worked on various projects for Nintendo including Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Luigi’s Mansion 3, the Punch-Out!! reboot for Wii, Super Mario Strikers, and Mario Strikers Charged.

The press release released by Nintendo announcing the acquisition states the following:


“Next Level Games is a video game development company based in Vancouver, Canada which has nearly two decades of experience creating video games for various console platforms. More recently, Next Level Games has worked exclusively with Nintendo in developing software titles for the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch systems, including titles in the critically acclaimed Luigi’s Mansion series of video games.

Next Level Games’s shares are currently held entirely by its owner-directors and employees. A number of owner-directors recently determined that the time is right for them to sell their shares, and Next Level Games therefore began exploring potential sale transactions. Completion of the Acquisition will serve to secure the availability of Next Level Games development resources for Nintendo, including development expertise, as well as facilitate an anticipated improvement in development speed and quality by enabling closer communication and exchange of staff with the Nintendo development team.

The Acquisition is expected to close on March 1, 2021, pending satisfaction of all relevant terms and conditions, including shareholders’ approval, regulatory approval under the Investment Canada Act and other customary closing conditions.”


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Written by Daniel Dell-Cornejo

Daniel is an editor at Nintendo Wire. Always with his head in the clouds, he is never apart from his creative thoughts – a blessing for an aspiring fiction writer. As a journalist and lifelong gamer, he aims to provide readers with the very best in Nintendo coverage.