Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon developer Next Level Games signs second-party deal with Nintendo
In what seems like destiny fulfillment news, Next Level Games, the Vancouver based development studio that brought us such modern Nintendo gems as Punch-Out!! Wii and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (oh and both Mario Strikers games), has signed a new deal to develop games exclusively for Nintendo platforms, becoming the newest in The Big N's storied line of second-party partners.
This news come about via an interview Gamasutra recently conducted with Next Level co-founder Jason Carr. Upon saying the studio staff was "super happy" to work with Nintendo on Dark Moon, Carr made the official announcement we all knew was bound to happen eventually.
While the studio is most known for its Nintendo projects, it also worked on multiplatorm tie-in titles like NHL Hitz Pro, Spider-Man: Friend of Foe and Captain America: Super Soldier, as well as the Activison published Wii exclusive Transformers tie-in Cybertron Adventures. While many feel those games were decent in their own right, it's quite apparent that Next Level's best work has been done in collaboration with Nintendo, as Luigi's Mansion 2 and the Punch-Out!! reboot are absolutely wonderful games and a true testament to how great Next Level can aspire to be.
As a Nintendo fan, this new exclusive partnership makes me incredibly happy and I can't wait to see what this humble canuck team will bring us next!