Nintendo is acquiring Vancouver game developer Next Level Games, a studio that has worked on some of the company’s major franchises.
Next Level is already a second-party partner, meaning it only makes games for Nintendo platforms, but Nintendo says the acquisition will help secure internal development resources and boost collaboration.
Next Level is best known for developing the second and third Luigi’s Mansion games. Luigi’s Mansion 3 in particular is one of the more technically advanced games available on the Switch, with impressive animation and physics.
Other Next Level-developed Nintendo projects include both Super Mario Strikers titles on the GameCube and the Wii, Metroid Prime: Federation Force for the 3DS, and the Wii reboot of Punch-Out!!.
The acquisition was first reported by The Verge, however financial details of the acquisition haven’t been disclosed.
Next Level Games was founded in 2002 and has been working exclusively with Nintendo since 2014.