Japanese publisher and tech giant Nintendo have officially announced the acquisition of Canada-based developer Next Level Games who previously worked on a number of Nintendo titles.
The developer of many Nintendo exclusives such as Luigi's Mansion 3, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and Metroid Prime: Federation Force to name a few, are now officially a Nintendo-owned studio. Nintendo have officially announced the acquisition in their latest press release, confirming they have entered into an agreement to acquire 100 per cent of the outstanding shares of Next Level Games.
"Nintendo would like to announce that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 per cent of the outstanding shares of Next Level Games Inc. and to make it a wholly owned subsidiary," they wrote in the announcement.
Furthermore, Nintendo explain that the 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 full acquisition is expected to be completed on March 1, 2021. Sadly, Nintendo did not reveal if Next Level Games are currently working on new games but we expect to hear more about that shortly after the acquisition is officially completed.
In case you did not know, the is only the second time that Nintendo have decided to acquire a western studio. Previously, they acquired Texas-based developer Retro Studios known for its work on the Metroid Prime and Donkey Kong Country series.