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If you’re at all familiar with the history of the Mario Strikers games, then you know that the first two games were developed by Next Level Games, the Vancouver, BC-based Canadian developer also responsible for Punch-Out on the Wii and the Luigi’s Mansion sequels. Well, now we have confirmation that the studio is back for Mario Strikers: Battle League — though this time, they’re co-developing the game with Nintendo first-party studios.



The studio has worked exclusively with Nintendo since 2014, and was purchased by the Big N in March 2021. This news is hardly unexpected, though the co-development detail is interesting, and it’s reassuring to know the game will be made by the studio that last handled it… 15 years ago? Wow, I feel old now. The Wii is over 15 years old? No, I refuse to believe it; I still remember when the GameCube came out you can’t do this to me —


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.